MEET AGAIN?: The connections of Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality made it clear that the Runhappy Travers Stakes can be amongst their main targets for the rest of the season. Doug O’Neill, coach of Belmont runner-up Hot Rod Charlie, indicated he wouldn’t again away from leaving his West Coast base for a possible rematch within the “Mid-Summer time Derby” at a mile and 1 / 4 at Saratoga Race Course. “I’d like to convey him again to New York,” stated O’Neill, including, “Simply so long as he’s doing nicely and is injury-free, and he’s telling us via his coaching that he’s doing nicely and able to go, he clearly beloved to journey and all of us love New York.”
NO BACK TO BACK: How may Rombauer go from an authoritative 3 ½-length winner of the Preakness Stakes to a non-threatening third within the Belmont? John Velazquez, who changed Flavien Prat aboard Rombauer after Prat selected Scorching Rod Charlie, suspects all of it boils right down to the intervals between races. He famous that Important High quality and Scorching Rod Charlie each had 5 weeks to recuperate from their earlier begin within the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve whereas Rombauer had three weeks after the Preakness to arrange to go a mile and a half. “Two recent horses,” Velazquez stated. “That’s why the Triple Crown is so tough to win. When you have got recent horses going into the races, it’s actually exhausting.”
BACK TO BACK: Coach Fausto Gutierrez was anticipating Letruska to validate her nostril victory in opposition to Monomoy Girl within the April 17 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park with a win within the Ogden Phipps Stakes. To his delight, she delivered with a front-running 2 ¾-length choice in opposition to Bonny South to earn fees-paid entry into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar in November. “This can be a velocity horse that may run lengthy distances. She confirmed what we noticed within the Apple Blossom,” stated Gutierrez of the 5-year-old daughter of Tremendous Saver. “She’s progressed with age and taking the blinkers off. She ran like a giant horse.” Gutierrez stated that Letruska could have a lightweight schedule forward of the Distaff. “We have to deal with the Breeders’ Cup with the shape we’ve,” he stated. “These races are actually robust.”
UPS AND DOWNS: Charles Appleby shipped 4 horses to america along with his eye on two main prizes: the Belmont Stakes and the Longines Just A Game Stakes. He was compelled to withdraw Insurgent’s Romance from the Belmont as a consequence of an an infection, however every part went his means when Althiqa and Summer Romance ran one-two within the Simply A Recreation. “We knew we had two aggressive fillies,” Appleby stated. “It’s a type of days once we prepped nicely. I used to be assured they might run a giant race they usually justified it.” The nice information for American racing followers is that Appleby stated the Diana Stakes, set for July 17 at Saratoga Race Course, is into account for each fillies.
BOFFO BUSINESS: The scene at Belmont Park was grim final 12 months because the Belmont Stakes was run with out followers and with out a lot pleasure. What a distinction a 12 months makes! With the nation quickly recovering from the pandemic, the all-sources deal with of $112,725,278 on Belmont Stakes Day smashed the file for a non-Triple Crown 12 months and may nicely have mirrored how enthusiastically followers are embracing a return to normalcy. The determine represented greater than a ten % enhance over the earlier non-Triple Crown mark of $102,163,280, set in 2019. All-sources deal with for the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Competition, that includes 17 stakes amongst 33 races from Thursday via Saturday, was an enormous $141,984,866.