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Rick Samuels

Derby Runner-Up Golden Soul's Breeze Delayed

Trainer Dallas Stewart opts to wait a few days to work Belmont Stakes-bound colt.

Golden Soul, runner-up to Orb  in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at 34-1 odds, was scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on the morning of May 25 but trainer Dallas Stewart delayed the work for another few days.

"He had a really good day galloping, but I passed on working him this morning," Stewart said. "He ran a great race in the Derby, but it was a hard race on him and his appetite is still coming back."

Charles Fipke's homebred Golden Soul is still on track for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 8, Stewart said.

"I was going to give him two works, but now I'm looking at just one," Stewart said. "I'll likely breeze him the middle of this week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. That will give him about eight or nine days between the work and the race."

Golden Soul, a chestnut son of Perfect Soul  out of the Mr. Prospector mare Hollywood Gold, has a record of 1-3-0 from six starts with earnings of $517,400. His lone victory came when he broke his maiden by 7 1/4 lengths at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in December.

In the May 4 Derby, Golden Soul was 15th after six furlongs for jockey Robby Albarado, but rallied between rivals late to finish 2 1/2 lengths behind Orb.

Frac Daddy , runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) and most recently 16th in the Kentucky Derby, breezed a half-mile in :47 1/5 on the fast main track at Churchill on Saturday morning. It was the fastest half-mile work of 59 at the distance.

Trainer Ken McPeek said Frac Daddy is being pointed toward an allowance race. His lone win in seven career starts came when he broke his maiden by 9 3/4 lengths at Churchill Downs last November.