Edited NYRA release
Trainer Todd Pletcher entered three juveniles in a field of eight set for Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000-added Tremont at five and a half furlongs. Pletcher entered Limehouse, Heckle and Korsakoff, but Limehouse or Heckle will be scratched in favor of Churchill Downs' Bashford Manor on July 6th.
Dogwood Stable's Limehouse is undefeated in two starts. He defeated Heckle, Korsakoff and four others in Churchill Downs' Three Chimneys on Kentucky Derby day.
"He's a nice horse," Pletcher said. "He acts like he'll handle the stretchout. He's fresh and I think that can help a two-year-old at this time of the year. He won first time out so you know he can win coming off a little layoff."
Heckle, a son of Hennessy, won his career debut at Keeneland by more than 12 lengths. His time of :51 for the 4 1/2-furlong race equaled the track record. He was the 1-2 favorite in the Three Chimneys, but weakened to fourth after chasing the pace.
"He didn't have the best of starts and that hurt him," Pletcher said. "We think he displaced his palate. He's trained well. He'll run like he did first time out."
Michael Tabor's Korsakoff won his career debut at Keeneland, but offered no response in the Three Chimneys when running sixth.
"He's better than that," Pletcher said. "He was pretty upset in the paddock. I think the big crowd got to him."
Jockey Eibar Coa rides Korsakoff. Tabor won this race last year with Zavata.
Trainer Steve Asmussen entered Best To Be King, a son of Menifee who won his career debut by more than eight lengths at Churchill Downs last month. Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey has picked up the mount.
Post Position order with trainer, jockey, and weight:
1. Hasslefree, D. Wayne Lukas, Jose Santos, 114
2. Korsakoff, Todd Pletcher, Eibar Coa, 114
3. Adage, D. Wayne Lukas, Edgar Prado, 114
4. Snow Eagle, John Robb, Rick Wilson, 114
5a. Limehouse, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 118
6. Pretty Wild Again, Stanley Hough, Jorge Chavez, 114
7a. Heckle, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 114
8. Best to be King, Steve Asmussen, Jerry Bailey,114