Dollar Bill 'Sharp' in Five-Furlong Churchill Drill
Updated: Sunday, June 3, 2001 4:23 PM
Posted: Sunday, June 3, 2001 4:17 PM
Belmont Stakes hopeful Dollar Bill worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Sunday in company with stablemate Kazoo. Over the fast surface, the trouble-prone son of Peaks and Valleys covered the distance in :59 3/5 under exercise rider Joanne McNamara.
"He was full of himself this morning," said McNamara. "He was sharp -- and he was sharp coming home, too."
The work went in splits of :23 3/5 and :47 flat, before the colt galloped out six furlongs in 1:14, according to Churchill clockers.
"He's ready to roll," said trainer Dallas Stewart. "He never drew a deep breath. He worked beautiful. It was one of his best works, he just worked great -- and I don't think the track's that fast this morning."
Kazoo worked the same distance in :59 4/5.
Also at Churchill, Preakness winner Point Given continued his preparation for the Belmont by galloping over the track Sunday morning, one day prior to his scheduled work. Exercise rider Dana Barnes will be on the Thoroughbred Corp.'s son of Belmont winner Thunder Gulch for his Monday drill.
Michael Tabor's Belmont hopeful Buckle Down Ben may also work on Monday, or he may just gallop up to the 1 1/2-mile race.
"If we do anything, we'll do it tomorrow," said trainer D. Wayne Lukas. "But I don't think we're going to."
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