One of six Kentucky Derby competitors listed as possible for the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, Spinoff was a troubled 18th in the ‘Run for the Roses’ and will seek to make amends in the ‘Test of a Champion’ on June 8.
Spinoff won his Gulfstream Park career debut before a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special over the summer. Spinoff made his 3-year-old debut in February with an 11 ¾ length win at Tampa Bay Downs. Prior to the Derby, he was a game second behind By My Standards in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. Spinoff is by Hard Spun, who ran fourth in the Belmont Stakes in 2007, and is out of Grade 1 winner Zaftig.
Trainer Todd Pletcher seeks his fourth victory in the Belmont Stakes, which would tie him with Hall of Famers Max Hirsch, R. W. Walden and his former mentor D. Wayne Lukas.