Thursday, June 1, 2017
CLASSIC EMPIRE - Classic Empire, trained by Mark Casse, is scheduled to breeze for the Belmont Stakes sometime within the next three days, according to assistant trainer Norm Casse. Mark Casse said today that he expects it would be best for Classic Empire to sit back a bit in the Belmont much like he did in the Arkansas Derby.
CONQUEST MO MONEY - Connections have decided Conquest Mo Money will race in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens instead of the Belmont Stakes.
EPICHARIS - Belmont Park said today Epicharis' stall is ready, the webbing is up, and now they wait. Epicharis is being shipped from Japan, and the entire process takes about 24 hours. He's expected to arrive today.
GORMLEY - Victor Espinoza appeared on a national teleconference today and said Gormley will run in the Belmont Stakes. He hopes for an improved effort from the Kentucky Derby when, according to Espinoza, Gormley barely showed any interest in running.
J BOYS ECHO - J Boys Echo is scheduled to breeze Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and ship to New York on Tuesday, according to trainer Dale Romans. Romans has not confirmed a jockey to ride the son of Mineshaft in the Belmont Stakes.
MULTIPLIER - Trainer Brendan Walsh committed Mulitiplier to the Belmont and named Joel Rosario, who was aboard in the Preakness, to ride. Walsh said he'll probably be in the saddle for a workout on Saturday at Keeneland. Multiplier is scheduled to fly out of Louisville Tuesday.
“I thought he ran well. He was sixth but beaten three-quarters of a length for third and we didn't have a very good trip,” Walsh said of the Preakness. “He got shuffled right back at the start. When they turned for home, he was really coming with a run. If you watch it, he got stopped at the head of the straight twice. And he's not a horse that needs that. He needs to get rolling; he doesn't need to be stopped. He came back rolling again, but then it was too late. I think there were a couple of horses unlucky not to be third in the race.
“This might be his race. Even going to the Preakness, I was hoping he'd run a race good enough to justify going to the Belmont. Even though he's not really bred to go that far, he's got plenty of stamina in his back family. Who knows? I think the track will suit him, that he's cut out for that. Joel knows him now, too. I think he's a horse you've got to know a little bit. He does need a very, very aggressive rider. He knows that now, too, so that's going to be a big plus as well.”
TRUE TIMBER - Kiaran McLaughlin said today that Paco Lopez will ride True Timber in the Belmont Stakes. Lopez rode him to a fourth-place finish in the Wood Memorial. The trainer said that if True Timber breaks well, he expects him to be forwardly-placed. He acknowledged that the people at owner Calumet Farm are very active in making racing decisions.
TWISTED TOM - He galloped today on the main track at Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown.
By Dick Downey - to be updated if NYRA releases notes on this date