Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Senior Investment posted a half-mile breeze Wednesday at Belmont Park. It was his first workout since finishing third in the Preakness Stakes on May 20 and his first at the track.
Ridden by jockey Dylan Davis and overseen at Belmont by Ken McPeek's assistant trainer Jeff Odintz, the chestnut colt by Discreetly Mine completed the distance in 49.13, going in splits of 12.40 and 24.00, and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.40, according to NYRA clockers.
"Kenny wanted him to go an easy 48 and four, 49, and let him do it on his own," said Odintz. "And that's exactly what he did, Dylan did a very good job. He came back fine, like he didn't do anything. The track was nice and quiet, he was relaxed."
In the Preakness, Senior Investment raced in ninth early with Channing Hill aboard, 13 lengths behind dueling pacesetters Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, and closed well to finish third, 4 3/4 lengths behind Cloud Computing and Classic Empire.
"I was around the horse when he ran at Oaklawn, and he's just a really nice horse," said Odintz. "Professional, tall, he has a long stride and he knows what he's doing. He can be tough to saddle in the paddock sometimes, but doing everything else, he's a beautiful horse to be around."
McPeek, who saddled Sarava to an upset victory in the 2002 Belmont, is expected to be on hand for the colt's next workout, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.
Lookin at Lee
Lookin At Lee galloped on Wednesday morning at Belmont Park and is expected to do so again on Thursday, said Toby Sheets, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. A timed workout is expected soon.
"He's been doing great; he loves the main track and came out of the Preakness in great shape. We're very pleased with him," said Sheets. "Steve decided (to get one work in). He's run a lot and is very fit."
The son of Lookin At Lucky will be making his ninth consecutive start against graded stakes competition while looking for his first win at that level.
Irad Ortiz, Jr. is expected to ride Lookin at Lee in the Belmont.
Tapwrit is expected to breeze one final time before the Belmont Stakes on the main track either Friday or Saturday depending on the weather, trainer Todd Pletcher said Wednesday morning.
"We're just keeping an eye on the forecast," Pletcher said. "So far, he's doing great."
Tapwrit, who ran sixth in the Kentucky Derby, breezed on May 27 on the Belmont training track. Tapwrit's regular jockey, Jose Ortiz, will be in the irons for the 1 1/2-mile "Test of the Champion."
Pletcher said that Patch, who is also slated to breeze on Friday, remains possible for the Belmont Stakes.
"We haven't made a decision on the Belmont yet. We're going to wait and see how this breeze goes," he said. "He's doing well. I think the mile-and-a-half suits him. It looks like a huge field, we just need to see how this week goes."
The famously one-eyed Patch has just four career starts, including a 14th-place Derby finish in his last race. Should he run, Hall of Famer John Velazquez will have the call.
Edited NYRA notes