Nassau County, Bold Ruler Highlight Belmont Card

by Paul Volponi

Belmont Park's May 11 program will be highlighted by the Nassau County Breeders' Cup, a grade II event at seven furlongs, and the Bold Ruler Stakes, a grade III event at six furlongs.

In the Nassau County, trainer Shug McGaughey will send out Stuart Janney III's Proxy Statement. The daughter of A.P. Indy has won three of four lifetime starts, with a third-place finish in Demoiselle her only stakes encounter. However, Proxy Statement has yet to race at a distance of less than one mile.

"Seven-eighths is probably not her bag," McGaughey said of Proxy Statement. "But she's going so good, I don't mind backing her up "

Wopping will go for trainer Mark Hennig and owner Edward P. Evans. The daughter of Prenup scored by a whopping 12 lengths in an April allowance sprint at Gulfstream Park.

"She's a different horse this year," Hennig said. "She has grown up and matured." Of her recent victory, Hennig said: "She was training like she would run that way."

On April 27, Wopping worked four furlongs in 46.30, the best of 55 such works on Belmont's main track.

Dust Me Off goes out for trainer Allen Jerkens and owner Cynthia Knight after a solid victory in the Bonnie Miss Stakes at Gulfstream. Richard Dutrow will send out Carson Hollow, who is two-for-two in her brief career, including an 18 3/4-length romp in her maiden win.

In The Bold Ruler, Left Bank will make his 5-year-old debut for trainer Todd Pletcher. The son of French Deputy hasn't raced since his victory in the grade I Cigar Mile at Aqueduct last November.

Pletcher acknowleged Left Bank could be a little short off the layoff, but said: "We expect him to do well."

Say Florida Sandy, who last finished fourth in the grade I Carter Handicap, will now go out for trainer Victor Cuadra with the departure from racing of trainer Juan Serey. The 8-year-old won six of 16 starts for Serey last year, including the True North Handicap at Belmont.

Jimmy Jerkens will send out Wrangler for Stronach Stables. Wrangler impressively captured the grade II General George Handicap at Laurel Park, then finished a well-beaten fourth in the Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct.