Midway Road Still Possible for Belmont, Scrimshaw Likely

Edited from a Churchill Downs release

William S. Farish's Midway Road, runner-up to Visa Triple Crown hopeful Funny Cide in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico, returned to the track on Wednesday for the first time since his strong effort in Baltimore. Trainer Neil Howard said Midway Road jogged a mile over a "muddy" track on Wednesday. Howard said the son of Jade Hunter remains on the list of "possible" starters for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the third jewel of the Visa Triple Crown.

Meanwhile, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said that Robert and Beverly Lewis' Scrimshaw, third in the Preakness and 11th in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), came out of Saturday's Preakness extremely well. The son of Gulch walked under Lukas' shedrow and is scheduled to jog on Thursday, but Lukas said he was so strong during his walk that he considered taking him out to the track. "He came back sharp," said Lukas. "He came back much better than he did out of the Derby. I think the Derby must have knocked him out more than we had thought. But he has really moved forward off of this race."

Lukas lists Scrimshaw as a likely starter in the Belmont Stakes, but that won't be the case for Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Ten Cents a Shine, who finished ninth in the Preakness. Lukas said there has been some talk of gelding the son of Devil His Due, but that decision is not final. "He's going to be turned out on the farm for a couple of weeks and then we'll take a look at him," Lukas said. "We're still hoping we can change his attitude a little bit."

B. Wayne Hughes and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout, who bypassed the Preakness after a fast-closing fourth in the Kentucky Derby, worked an easy six furlongs on Tuesday and walked on Wednesday. Trainer Ron Ellis described Tuesday's move as "a little maintenance work" and said the son of A.P. Indy would work two more times before the Belmont Stakes. Ellis said Atswhatimtalknbout is scheduled to work a mile on Monday and will turn in a five-furlong work early in Belmont Stakes week before he ships to Belmont Park.

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