Cancelled Stakes Won't Be Rescheduled

Cancelled Stakes Won't Be Rescheduled
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Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Status is entered in Wednesday's seventh race at Belmont Park.
When racing resumes at Belmont Park on Wednesday after five days of cancellations due to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the stakes schedule will continue as published, according to the New York Racing Association. However, because of conflicts with other stakes races during the fall meet, four of the five graded stakes cancelled last weekend--the Ruffian, Belmont Breeders' Cup, Matron and Futurity--will not be rescheduled.

The exception is the Jerome (gr. II) which was scheduled for last Saturday, will be contested this Saturday as part of an 11-race card.

Six of the nine races on Wednesday's card have full fields, bolstered by the presence of horses who had been set to contest some of last weekend's graded stakes.

Secret Status, Pentatonic, and Rochelle's Terms, all three primed to go in the cancelled Ruffian, are among the eight entered in Wednesday's seventh race, a $57,000 allowance test at 1 1/16 miles. Likely favorite will be Secret Status, whose two grade I victories last year came in the Kentucky Oaks and Mother Goose.

The sixth race, a seven-furlong allowance for 2-year-olds, has drawn a field of six, including Heavyweight Champ and Seeking the Money, both of whom had been set to run in the cancelled Futurity.

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