Red Bullet, winning the 2000 Preakness Stakes.

Red Bullet, winning the 2000 Preakness Stakes.

Orseno Stars Turn In Solid Works at Belmont

Trainer Joe Orseno, who is looking forward to big second half of the year, sent out Red Bullet, Macho Uno, Thunder Blitz, and Milwaukee Brew for solid works Saturday morning. Red Bullet, last year's Preakness winner who has not run since the Dwyer Stakes due to a cracked cannon bone, worked five furlongs in a sharp 1:00 3/5 with jockey Jerry Bailey aboard. The son of Unbridled came home his final quartter in :23 4/5 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14 1/5.

"It was a great work, and he finished up great," Orseno said. "The plan was to let him ease away from the pole and he picked it up every eighth. Unfortunately, there's no way he can be ready for the Whitney (on July 28)."

Bailey also was aboard Macho Uno, last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and 2-year-old champion. The son of Holy Bull rattled off fractions of :24 4/5, :36 4/5, :48 4/5 and 1:00 2/5 before completing his six-furlong work in 1:13 1/5. He then galloped out seven furlongs in 1:28 2/5.

"We didn't ask Macho to do too much," Orseno said. "Both he and Red Bullet came up here with a good foundation under them, so this was just a little wake-up call for them. They should be ready to run in a couple of more weeks. I'm happy to have two fresh horses for the second half of the year."

Flamingo winner Thunder Blitz, fourth in the Kentucky Derby, breezed six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 before galloping out a strong seven furlongs in 1:26 3/5 and pulling up a mile in 1:41 2/5 with exercise rider Keith Ricks aboard. He is scheduled to run next in the Long Branch Breeders' Cup at Monmouth on July 15.

"If this horse would have been going the way he is going now before the Derby, for sure we would have been second," Orseno said. "He's so much more mentally developed. He's doing things the right way and accepting everything in stride. I take the blame for the Belmont (in which he finished sixth) because I told Jerry to sit and wait, while he wanted to let him run his own race. They never backed up."

Milwaukee Brew, fourth in the Pimlico Special, breezed six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 with Ricks up. "My goal for him this summer is the Saratoga Breeders' Cup," Orseno said. "There's a race at Arlington (Washington Park Handicap on July 21st) that we might use as a prep. A mile and a quarter is what this horse wants. A mile and an eighth would be okay, but to step up and run against better caliber horses, he needs to go longer."