Trainer Dominick Schettino hopes Greenpointcrusader puts a tough Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) run behind him when he begins his 3-year-old campaign.
The road to the Triple Crown begins in earnest Jan. 30 with Gulfstream's Holy Bull (gr. II), in which Greenpointcrusader (Bernardini ) confronts five opponents.
Greenpointcrusader won the Champagne (gr. I) on a sloppy Belmont track last year but was seventh to champion Nyquist in the Juvenile, having been caught wide from post 10.
"He's fit and he looks good. He grew a lot and matured since the Breeders' Cup," Schettino said. "It was a tough race. I'm just drawing a line through it, and hopefully he shows us that on Saturday."
Greenpointcrusader has drawn gate five and will be ridden for the first time by John Velazquez.