Brereton Jones’ homebred Mark Valeski probably won’t compete in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), trainer Larry Jones told Daily Racing Form May 21.
The 3-year-old Proud Citizen colt was expected for the Belmont after his victory in the May 12 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park. But the trainer told the Form Mark Valeski doesn’t seem to have much energy.
The colt is based at Churchill Downs. He hasn’t worked since the Peter Pan.
“It’s looking like the Belmont is more and more doubtful,” Jones said.
The draw for the Belmont is scheduled for June 6. Jones told the Form the June 30 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles might be a better target.
I'll Have Another will bid in the Belmont to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner arrived at Belmont Park May 20.