The Belmont Stakes (gr. I) picked up a likely starter on Friday when owner Larry Roman announced he intends to run his gelding Digger in the third leg of the Triple Crown on June 9.
By Yonaguska, Digger will be making his debut for trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. in the Belmont Stakes. A rider has yet to be determined.
Digger had been entered and was scratched from today’s fifth race at Monmouth Park, the one-mile Spend a Buck Stakes.
“He’s supposed to work on Monday,” said Dutrow, who is based at Aqueduct. “The horse is doing good and it’s not like he’s got any problems. (Roman) has been excited about it for a while now. I guess Street Sense coming out of the Belmont really got his blood pumped up.”
Digger last raced at Charles Town in April. He finished second at odds of 1-2 in an allowance race. He joins Curlin, Hard Spun, Imawildandcrazyguy Slew's Tizzy and Tiago as probables for the Belmont.