Request For Parole Likely Starter in Belmont Stakes
by Steve Haskin
Date Posted: 5/22/2002 3:23:00 PM

Trainer Steve Margolis said Wednesday that Sam and Jeri Nighton's Request For Parole, fifth in the Kentucky Derby, would likely make his next start in the Belmont Stakes. Margolis had been pointing the son of Judge T C to the Jefferson Cup on the grass at Churchill Downs the same day, but the Nightons decided they wanted to "take a shot" at the Belmont, Margolis said.

"(Mr. Nighton) said he'd make up his mind in a couple of days." Margolis said. "The horse came out of the Derby better than the Spiral. He ran a mile and a quarter and it didn't seem to phase him. He's sharp. There's only one Belmont Stakes, and horse that have his style usually do well in it. You see horses that sit close to the pace or stalkers do well and on the dam's side he's bred to run a mile and a half. Robby (Albarado) said he certainly didn't get tired in the Derby, he just ran an even race and he wasn't quitting by any means. The way he gallops and the way he trains, he's acted like he'd run as far as you'd want him to. But until you actually do it, you know were all guessing."

In other Belmont news, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem is scheduled to return to the track for a gallop on Thursday, while Wayne Lukas' pair of Proud Citizen and Table Limit returned to the track today for a jog.

Trainer Kenny McPeek said Sir Barton winner Sarava definitely would run in the Belmont, while Harlan's Holiday, fourth in the Preakness, will be given a rest and point for the Travers Stakes.

Spiral runner-up Azillion and Like a Hero, winner of his last two starts, head Thursday's nine-furlong Alydar Stakes at Hollywood Park, which will determine their status for the Belmont Stakes.

Bobby Frankel is now looking strongly at the Belmont for Medaglia d'Oro, who never fired in the Preakness. Frankel can only assume the colt didn't handle the drying out track at Pimlico.

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