Oh So Awesome Works Half-Mile in Final Belmont Prep

Team Valor Stables' Oh So Awesome, who began his career in France, worked four furlongs in :48 3/5 over a wet training track at Belmont Park Wednesday in his final preparation for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

The 3-year-old son of Awesome Again  , who will be making his second U.S. start Saturday, galloped out five furlongs in 1:01 3/5, with exercise rider Kelvin Pahal aboard.

Oh So Awesome worked in company with stablemate Tinsel Town and the pair galloped out strongly after the breeze. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said the two horses went slow the first quarter, but picked up the pace late.

"They came home fast," Jerkens said. "We weren't looking to break any track records. He needed a little pipe opener. That's (the 1 ½-mile Belmont) a long way to go."

Tinsel Town was the work mate because "he needed the work and he is not the type of horse to run away with you. He is pretty lazy himself."

Jerkens said Oh So Awesome, whose only win in seven career starts came in the Prix de la Genevraye at Saint-Cloud while trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, would be schooled in the paddock Thursday because he was "kind of tough" the first time he went to school.

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