Proud Citizen, who exited the Belmont Stakes with a crack in his left shin, was resting comfortably in his stall Sunday morning. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the colt would likely miss 90-120 days of training."All things considered, this is the best thing we could have hoped for," Lukas said. "He seems comfortable and we'll give him the time he needs."Frankel: 'It was a Good Day'
But for a few more lengths, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel wouldhave attained a share of history here at Belmont Park yesterday. After taking the first race with Bel Baie, El Gran Papa finished third beaten less than a length with some traffic problems in the fifth race. Tates Creek ran a winning race in the Just A Game, but was at a tactical disadvantage with Babae working out a perfect tracking trip. Tates Creek was only beaten a neck.Frankel won the grade 1 Manhattan with Beat Hollow and finished second in the Belmont Stakes as Medaglia d'Oro ran a much-improved effort in a half-length defeat. On Breeders' Cup Preview Day on October 16, 1993, trainer Shug McGaughey entered seven horses and won six races. Of those six winners, five came in stakes: Miner's Mark (Jockey Club Gold Cup); Lure (Kelso Handicap); Heavenly Prize (Frizette); Dispute (Beldame) and Strolling Along (Lawrence Realization).
"I guess I can't complain," Frankel said. "It was a good day. Tates Creek really should have won, though."
Frankel, who will head back home to California this afternoon, said Medaglia d'Oro would get a little rest before his summer campaign.
"I might run him in the Jim Dandy (grade II, $500,000, nine furlongs, Saratoga Race Course, August 4) or Haskell (grade I, $1 million, nine furlongs, Monmouth Park, August 4) before the Travers," Frankel said. "Getting beat yesterday reminded me of when Bertrando got beat by Arcangues in the Breeders' Cup. He ran back to his Wood Memorial yesterday and I'm excited about him."
Frankel said that Tates Creek would make her next appearance in the Diana Handicap (grade II, $500,000, fillies and mares, nine furlongs, turf, at Saratoga on Saturday, July 27) or the Ramona Handicap grade I, $400,000, nine furlongs, turf, Del Mar). Beat Hollow could appear next in the Arlington Million (grade I, $1 million, 10 furlongs, August 17).
Sunday Break to Jim Dandy or Haskell
Koji Maeda's Sunday Break, the third-place finisher in the Belmont Stakes, was a little stiff behind according to trainer Neil Drysdale."He was a little wide on the far turn and his end went out from under him," Drysdale said. "Gary (Stevens) told me he was going to be stiff today and he was right."Drysdale said he did not know whether Sunday Break would ship back to California or train here at Belmont for his summer campaign.
"I haven't decided," Drysdale said. "His next objective will be the Jim Dandy or the Haskell"