Jungle Runner will be looking to find the form he showed as a juvenile and bounce back from a trio of off-the-board efforts to start his sophomore campaign. As a 2-year-old, the Candy Ride colt broke his maiden at third asking, winning at one mile in September at Remington Park before taking the step up in class and capturing his stakes debut in the seven-furlong Clever Trevor over the same track.
Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, who won the 2016 Belmont with Creator, kept Jungle Runner against stakes company to start 2020. Last out, Jungle Runner ran eighth in a division of the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on May 20 at Oaklawn Park, competing at the same 1 1/8-mile distance as this year’s Belmont edition.
Jungle Runner has been training at Belmont Park since June after splitting the previous month between Oaklawn Park and Lone Star.
Jockey Reylu Gutierrez will celebrate his first Belmont Stakes starter aboard Jungle Runner.