The trainers of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and Peter Pan Stakes runner-up Unshaded still have not made decisions on whether their colts will compete in the June 10 Belmont Stakes.
California-based Neil Drysdale said he will fly to New York Wednesday but does not know yet when Fusaichi Pegasus, who is stabled at New York's Aqueduct Racecourse, will work again. Drysdale noted that the Derby winner lost weight following his runner-up effort in the Preakness Stakes victory of Red Bullet. "He lost some weight after the Preakness; the same thing happened in Kentucky and we backed off him a bit," said the Hall of Fame trainer. "He'll be trotting for a few days and then we'll probably start picking it up on Thursday. He needs to pick up the weight he lost. This is a tough campaign, but I think in a few days he'll get it all back."
Meanwhile, trainer Carl Nafzger said no decision has been made on whether Unshaded, who would have to be supplemented to the Belmont at a cost of $100,000, would be pointed toward the final leg of the Triple Crown.Nafzger said owner Jim Tafel was pleased with the colt's second-place finish in Saturday's Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II). "Mr. Tafel knows the horse is still immature and learning the game," said Nafzger, noting that Unshaded will remain in New York until a decision is made on his Belmont status.