Prime Cut Heads to Belmont After Workout

Grade II winner last year has placed in two graded stakes in 2011.

Donald A. Adam’s Prime Cut, third in the Peter Pan (gr. II) and runner-up in the Coolmore Lexington (gr. II), will head to New York for a run in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) following a strong five-furlong work on Monday, June 6, at Churchill Downs.

The 3-year-old son of Bernstein worked in company with 4-year-old stablemate Mine Train and covered the distance over a fast track in 1:01. Exercise rider Dane Noel was aboard as Prime Cut started two lengths behind his workmate and finished on even terms after fractional splits of :25 and :37. Prime Cut galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 1/5.

Trainer Neil Howard said the workout was “excellent” and that it earned the colt a trip to Belmont Park for the $1 million Belmont.
“We made the decision the other day that we’d go ahead and run, pending everything going good through this week,” Howard said  “He’s doing good. We don’t feel like we’ve pushed or reached to much with him, and he’s got a nice prep over Belmont. So we kind of left it that we’d go ahead if everything went well this morning, and it did.”
The Belmont Stakes will be the sixth start of 2011 for Prime Cut, who has a record of 1-2-2 in his previous five races this year. In his only win this year, Prime Cut took an allowance at Fair Grounds over highly regarded Bind.
Edgar Prado will ride Prime Cut, whose career record stands at 2-2-2 in seven races with earnings of $123,685.

Prime Cut is scheduled to fly to New York on Tuesday, June 7, on a flight that will also take Santiva, who finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and won last fall’s Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II), to the Belmont.

Bred iin Kentucky by Stuart McPhee, Prime Cut was a $475,000 Keeneland September sale purchase.