Trainer Danny Peitz kept a close eye on Robert and Lawana Low's Steppenwolfer as the colt cooled out from a sparkling six-furlong work of 1:10 1/5 on the training track Friday. Saturday morning Peitz reported nothing out of the ordinary with the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender.
"I was glad after we had all the rain this morning," Peitz said. "I thought I did the right thing."
Originally, Steppenwolfer was not supposed to work until the weekend for the June 10 Belmont, but his trainer moved the work up because of the wet forecast.
Peitz said he didn't give Steppenwolfer much more attention after the fast work than he normally would have.
"I look at him pretty close every day," Peitz said. "After any horse breezes, especially a horse like him, you pay attention to how he walks out of the stall first thing in the morning and take a good look at their legs.
"The fast work was probably a combination of a fast track and him working well. If you saw him do it, you would have thought he went in 1:14."
Although Peitz said Steppenwolfer looked fine, he won't know what impact the work had until the colt goes back to the track to train.
"I'm expecting him to be good when he goes back to the track," Peitz said. "I'll probably jog him a couple miles tomorrow, unless the track is real sloppy, then we'd probably shedrow him."
Shadwell Farm's Jazil
jogged Saturday morning as wet track conditions limited activity. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he is looking to work the Wood Memorial (gr. I) runner-up either Sunday or Monday morning.
"We'll see what the track is like," McLaughlin said. "If we don't get to work him Sunday or Monday, we probably won't work him before the race."
Jazil has not run since finishing in a dead-heat for fourth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).Oh So Awesome
is taking a huge jump in class in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, but his trainer Jimmy Jerkens believes the colt is a live longshot. Oh So Awesome has raced just once for Jerkens on the dirt and finished third in the off-the-turf Match the Hatch at Belmont May 19.
"It's worth taking a chance," said Jerkens, who saddled Thomas Jo to a third-place finish in the 1998 Belmont Stakes. "He hasn't done a whole lot, but he's got some seasoning and he's been through a lot. He's had distance races in Europe, and that's a plus."
Jerkens says Oh So Awesome will work one more time before Saturday's Belmont, although he hasn't decided what day the Awesome Again
colt will breeze.
"A lot of the stuff I do is spur of the moment," he said. "In the case of Oh So Awesome, it wouldn't hurt to have something sharp up close to the race. A short three-eighths breeze would be perfect."
Jockey Mike Smith, who has won a Kentucky Derby and a Preakness (gr. I), but is winless in 10 prior Belmont Stakes, has the mount aboard Oh So Awesome.