Easy Monday For Belmont Contenders


Photo by NYRA/Susie Raisher

Two days after his last breeze before the Belmont Stakes, California Chrome returned to the track on Monday.

The colt jogged one lap around the 1 ½-mile Belmont track and is scheduled to resume galloping tomorrow morning. Trainer Art Sherman will be in attendance for California Chrome’s gallop for the first time since his prized colt won the Preakness Stakes on May 17.

Tonalist, who also breezed on Saturday galloped 1 ¼ miles on Monday after exiting his work in fine shape. Trainer Christophe Clement says that he’ll have the horse as prepared as possible and that the rest will be up to jockey Joel Rosario.

"I've got a pretty good idea who's running, but I'm going to leave [race strategy] up to [Joel Rosario]," said Clement. "I train and the jockey rides, and he's very good at what he does. My deal is to bring [Tonalist] there as fit as possible and feeling as good as possible and perfectly sound, and [Rosario] will have to worry about the race."





California Chrome

Steven Coburn 
& Perry Martin

Art Sherman

Commanding Curve

West Point Thoroughbreds

Dallas Stewart


WinStar Farm

Todd Pletcher

Kid Cruz

Vina Del Mar TBs 
& Black Swan Stb.

Linda Rice


Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners

Todd Pletcher


C R K Stable

Bill Mott

Medal Count

Spendthrift Farm

Dale Romans

Ride On Curlin

Daniel J. Dougherty

Billy Gowan


My Meadowview Farm

Richard Violette Jr.

Social Inclusion

Rontos Racing Stable

Manny Azpurua


Robert S. Evans

Christophe Clement

Wicked Strong

Centennial Farm

Jimmy Jerkens

General a Rod

Starlight Racing

Mike Maker

On Monday trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed that Matterhorn will run in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Pletcher will also be saddling Commissioner in the race, the trainer won last year’s edition of the Belmont Stakes with Palace Malice.

Wicked Strong, Ride On Curlin, Commanding Curve, and Matuszak stayed in the barn on Monday after putting in Sunday morning breezes. Ride On Curlin’s trainer Billy Gowan is enjoying being part of the Triple Crown, he shares the shedrow with California Chrome and is one of only three trainers to run the same horse in all three legs of the Triple Crown this year.

"It's fun being in it, for sure. Being part of the Triple Crown is great," Gowan said. "This is just another race to me. You pull the girth the same as you do on a $5,000 claimer. It's a fact. You don't do anything different. You bridle them, you put the chamois on, you pull the girth and hope the rider doesn't screw it up."

A decision still hasn’t been made on Social Inclusion’s entry into the Belmont Stakes. A decision was expected this morning but has been postponed after the colt acted up during gate schooling. Owner Ron Sanchez says the colt is “70-30” to run in the Woody Stephens on Saturday instead and said if entries were drawn today for the Belmont, the colt would not be entered.

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