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The connections of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and Preakness (GI) winner California Chrome aren’t the only ones who are anticipating the June 7 Belmont Stakes to be the biggest day of their careers.
Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, eighth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), breezed six furlongs in 1:10.60 on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for next Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI).
The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Fiftyshadesofgold, winner of the Eight Belles (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, breezed a half mile in :49.60 Friday morning in her final workout before shipping to Belmont Park for the $750,000 Acorn (Grade I) on June 7.
Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, eighth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), will work Saturday under the Twin Spires before shipping to Belmont Park next Thursday where he will try to spoil the Triple Crown hopes of California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes (GI) on June 7.
In her first work since capturing the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), Winchell Thoroughbreds’ homebred Untapable breezed five furlongs in 1:01.40 under the Twin Spires on Monday morning in preparation for the June 28 Mother Goose (GI) at Belmont Park.
After an impressive 7 ¾-length victory defeating older horses at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC’s Almost Famous will be pointed to the $100,000-added Matt Winn (Grade III) on Saturday, June 14.
THE WAIT IS OVER FOR APROPOS, STALL IN MONDAY’S WINNING COLORS - Fresh off of a third-place effort in the Grade I Madison at Keeneland, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Apropos will bid for her first graded stakes victory in Monday’s $100,000-added Winning Colors (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
West Point Thoroughbreds’ Commanding Curve worked five furlongs early Friday morning at Churchill Downs in :59.80 for trainer Dallas Stewart in preparation for a rematch with Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7.
COMMANDING CURVE WORKS A HALF-MILE; POINTING TO BELMONT STAKES - West Point Thoroughbreds’ Commanding Curve, runner-up in the Grade I Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, returned to the work tab early Friday morning at Churchill Downs, logging a half-mile on the main track in :48.80 outside of workmate Golden Soul.
Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner California Chrome has been made the 3-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s 139th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (Grade I).