Heroes Reward, a graded stakes winner on turf in each of the last three years, will tote top weight of 124 pounds as the likely favorite for the $150,000 Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park July 18.
A field of seven, and main track only also-eligible Premium Wine, were entered for the Jaipur, a six-furlong turf sprint. Post time is set for 5:17 p.m. EDT for Belmont’s feature race.
Owned by Rob Ry Farm and Jayne Marie Slysz, Heroes Reward won the Neartic Stakes (Can-IIT) in 2007 and Scotts Highlander Stakes (Can-IIIT) in 2008, both on the Woodbine turf. A 7-year-old gelded son of Partner's Hero—Lifes Passage, by Caveat, he won the April 11 Shakertown (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland in his 2009 debut. The Dale Capuano trainee was third last out in the June 21 Highlander. This will be his Belmont debut.
Regular rider Javier Castellano will have the mount on Heroes Reward, who has a record of 11-7-3 from 31 lifetime starts. An earner of $994,098, he was bred in Maryland by Gretchen Mobberley.
Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens will saddle Judson L. Streicher’s Le Grand Cru, who is one of three Jaipur starters entering off optional allowance scores at Belmont. The other two are Silver Timber and Due Date. Jerkens has won the Jaipur four times in the last 10 years.
Yield Bogey, a 5-year-old gelded son of Langfuhr, comes into the Jaipur off a third-place finish behind Sailor’s Cap in the Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 14 in his stakes debut. Trained by Pat Kelly for Peter Schiff’s Fox Ridge Farm, Yield Bogey has a record of 1-1-2 in six starts on the Belmont turf.
Larry Enterline’s Mohegan Sky, the lone mare in the race, is seeking her first victory this year, with her best finish in three starts a third in a five-furlong turf allowance at Gulfstream Park in April. The 6-year-old daughter of Straight Man was a close-up third in last year’s Jaipur, beaten a half-length by First Defence.
Making his first start on turf will be Fever Racing Stables’ True Quality, who in his last start was fifth to Kodiak Kowboy in the Carter (gr. I) after having posted back-to-back victories in the Paumonok Handicap Jan. 24 at Aqueduct and General George Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 16 at Laurel.