Edited Belmont Park notes
Chocolate Candy, fifth in the Derby, breezed seven furlongs at Belmont Park in 1:27.34 with exercise rider Lindsey Molina aboard as he continued prepping for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6.
Chocolate Candy, who will enjoy the services of jockey Garrett Gomez in the Belmont, was caught in splits of 24.63, 48.87 and 1:14.02 shortly before 6 a.m.
“We wanted the workout to be nice and steady, which is what he got” said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who flew in from the west coast to supervise the move and then immediately left to saddle a horse at Hollywood Park. “It was his second-to-last work. I’m going to blow him out a half-mile or five-eighths either Monday or Tuesday, and maybe Garrett will go up on him.”
Hollendorfer said he was happy with his decision to ship the son of Candy Ride in early to prepare for the Belmont. Monday’s move was his third over the main track, having gone a half-mile in :47.84 May 11 and six furlongs in 1:13.44 May 18, with Gomez up for the second work.
“It was suggested to us to train over at Belmont for a while before you run,” said Hollendorfer. “I didn’t want to leave him on the road that long, but it’s worked out OK so far. He’s been very happy here.”