Frammento Quietly Ships In

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6/2/2015
3:39 pm EDT

Amidst the interest in the arrival of American Pharoah at Belmont Park on Tuesday, Nick Zito shipped Frammento over from Saratoga Springs by van.

Mike Smith, who's won the Belmont twice,  replaces Corey Nakatani aboard Frammento. In his first Belmont, Smith finished second on the Zito-trained Thirty Six Red in 1990 before winning with both Holy Bull in 1994 and Coronado's Quest in 1998.

Each of Zito's two Belmont Stakes victories have spoiled Triple Crown bids, with Birdstone over Smarty Jones in 2004 and Da' Tara over Big Brown in 2008.

Since finishing 11th in the Kentucky Derby, Frammento has been preparing for the Belmont with Zito's string at the Oklahoma training track across Union Avenue from Saratoga Race Course.

Frammento is scheduled to train over Belmont's main track around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. He's never raced at Belmont.


Edited NYRA release with additional content by Dick Downey
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