Intense Holiday Hurt; Others Work for Belmont
Starlight Racing's Intense Holiday was taken out of consideration for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after being diagnosed with a condylar fracture following a May 25 workout for the $1.5 million classic.
The Todd Pletcher-trained pair of Commissioner and Intense Holiday were timed in 1:00.77 for five furlongs.
According to Pletcher, Intense Holiday injured his right foreleg and will undergo surgery to repair the injury.
Pletcher said Commissioner, a 1 1/8-mile maiden winner last summer at Saratoga Race Course, would not have difficulty negotiating the 1 1/2-mile Belmont.
"I thought Commissioner breezed very well," said Pletcher of the Peter Pan (gr. II) runner-up. "He was traveling well throughout and was willing; he seemed to be getting over the surface well and wrapped up good. He did everything you hoped he would do.
With exercise rider Kelvin Pahal aboard, Wicked Strong went a good mile in 1:39.59 over the Belmont training track for trainer James Jerkens. Clockers timed the son of Hard Spun in fractions of :13.44, :25.41, :49.87, 1:02.41, 1:14.30, and 1:26.59, with a gallop out time of 1:55.22 for 1 1/8 miles.
"I thought it was good. A nice, good stamina work," said Jerkens.
Wicked Strong ran fourth in the Kentucky Derby.
The trainer added that Wicked Strong will work again next weekend and then could have a blow out the week of the Belmont Stakes.
"He went nice and easy the first part and finished up nicely (today), I thought."
My Meadowview's Samraat, shipped to Belmont Park from trainer Rick Violette's base at Aqueduct Racetrack, breezed a mile on the main track in 1:41.28. Winner of the Withers (gr. III) and Gotham Stakes (gr. III), he was fifth in the Kentucky Derby last time out.
The son of Noble Causeway was undefeated through his first five starts before finishing second to Wicked Strong in the Wood Memorial before contesting the Derby.
"It was terrific, exactly what we wanted," said Violette. "He made a long sustained run around the turn and straight through the wire. He ran his last three-eighths in :36 flat and cooled out like he was King Kong."
Social Inclusion was scheduled to arrive in barn 5 at Belmont Park on Sunday afternoon, with his connections eyeing either a start in the Belmont Stakes or the seven-furlong Woody Stephens (gr. II) for 3-year-olds on the June 7 undercard.
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