The Belmont Stakes got another possible runner on Saturday when Frac Daddy was mentioned by Ken McPeek; Always in a Tiz breezed at Belmont Park with a decision on his status pending; and other news.
ALWAYS IN A TIZ -- Always in a Tiz, most recently ninth in the Grade I Wood Memorial, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.12 (2/8) for his next start -- either the Belmont Stakes on June 8 or the Easy Goer on the Belmont undercard the same day. David Cohen was up for the move.
“He worked well this morning, and galloped out well,” said trainer Dominick Schettino. “I will speak to the owners tonight, and we’ll make a final decision after that.”
Prior to the Wood, the Tiznow colt was third in the Smarty Jones and fifth in the Grade III Southwest Stakes.
CODE WEST -- Code West was removed from Belmont Stakes consideration on Friday.
FRAC DADDY -- Ken McPeek held out Frac Daddy as possible for the Belmont and said a decision would likely would be made by Monday. Frac Daddy breezed four furlongs in a bullet 47.80 (1/42) Friday at Churchill Downs,
“I’m going to watch him train at Churchill the next couple of days and we’ll decide Monday,” McPeek said. “He seems to be going in the right direction. He’s a really talented horse who had a lot of issues all spring, but I think he’s beyond them now, and we like the distance.”
Runner-up to Overanalyze in the Grade I Arkansas Derby, Frac Daddy most recently finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby. His trainer saddled Sarava to a 70-1 upset in the 2002 Belmont after he won the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico.
FREEDOM CHILD -- Grade II Peter Pan winner Freedom Child is likely to gallop and work “a little” on Monday, said trainer Tom Albertrani.
GIANT FINISH -- Giant Finish, currently based at Fair Hill, will ship to Belmont Park for a Monday breeze on the main track after the renovation break, trainer Tony Dutrow said.
“The people who own him want to give him the chance to show what he can do in the Belmont Stakes,” said Dutrow.
Giant Finish placed in the John Battaglia Memorial and the Grade III Spiral at Turfway Park in March before finishing 10th in the Kentucky Derby. On May 27, the New York-bred son of Frost Giant breezed four furlongs in :49.20 (4/9) seconds at Fair Hill.
“There’s nothing remarkable him,” said Dutrow. “He’s a straightforward boy who tries his best. I’m not seeing anything different from him (since the Kentucky Derby).”
GOLDEN SOUL -- Derby runner-up Golden Soul, who breezed five furlongs at Churchill in 1:00.40 (3/13) on Thursday, will be flown to New York on Tuesday, said trainer Dallas Stewart.
INCOGNITO -- Incognito will breeze after the second renovation break on the training track with jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard, said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
MIDNIGHT TABOO / OVERANALYZE / PALACE MALICE / REVOLUTIONARY / UNLIMITED BUDGET -- Todd Pletcher will send out Revolutionary, Palace Malice, Overanalyze, Midnight Taboo and Unlimited Budget on Sunday at 6 a.m. and 8:45 a .m. on the main track. The first three are definite for Saturday’s race, with the status of Unlimited Budget and Midnight Taboo dependant on how they work.
ORB -- Shug McGaughey said that Orb will run in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont if he breezes well Sunday. The Malibu Moon colt will go out at 6 a.m. with regular exercise rider Jennifer Patterson aboard.
OXBOW, WILL TAKE CHARGE -- Preakness winner Oxbow and stablemate Will Take Charge, who completed their serious preparations at Churchill Downs, will arrive by van at Belmont Park Monday evening, as will Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
VYJACK -- Vyjack, winner of the Grade III Gotham and the Grade II Jerome, will breeze either Monday or Tuesday, said trainer Rudy Rodriguez.