Santiva breezes five furlongs for probable Belmont start
Tom Walters' probable Belmont S. (G1) starter SANTIVA (Giant's Causeway) worked five furlongs over a fast Churchill Downs track Saturday morning in 1:00 3/5 under assistant trainer Brendan Walsh. It was the co-fifth fastest of 43 works at the distance.
Santiva was the first horse on the track after the renovation break and worked in company with Golden Gulch (Thunder Gulch). They went the first three furlongs in :36 1/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 3/5.
Trainer Eddie Kenneally was very pleased with the work.
"He worked really, really well today," Kenneally said. "He's very fit. He went the minute and three-fifths nicely and didn't overexert himself."
The three-year-old bay broke his maiden last year in the Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2), one race after running second in the Breeders' Futurity (G1). He returned this season to be second in the Risen Star S. (G2) and ninth in the Blue Grass S. (G1), and last out finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Santiva will be seeking just his second career win in the Belmont if he makes the field, but Kenneally is hesitant to confirm his charge for the "Test of the Champion" just yet.
"We are still playing it by ear in regards to the Belmont, but he will likely end up in the race," the conditioner said.
In other Belmont news:
Preakness S. (G1) hero and Kentucky Derby fourth SHACKLEFORD (Forestry) will leave the Churchill Downs backstretch Sunday at 5 p.m. (EDT) and be vanned to New York for a possible run in the Belmont on June 11.
Kentucky Derby runner-up and probable Belmont-starter NEHRO (Mineshaft) will likely catch a "fast" track for his scheduled six-furlong breeze early Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Since his Churchill Downs arrival in mid-April after a second-place finish in the Arkansas Derby (G1), Nehro has caught sloppy tracks for each of his breezes, which, like many of trainer Steve Asmussen's top runners, come on Mondays.
On the New York worktab
DROSSELMEYER (Distorted Humor), last year's Belmont S. (G1) hero, breezed a half-mile in :49 1/5 over Belmont Park's fast training track on Saturday. The Bill Mott trainee scored a hard-fought win in the recent One Count S., his third start off the bench.
Noble Damsel S. (G3) winner STRIKE THE BELL (Mizzen Mast), runner-up in the Glia S. in her comeback, completed her trial in :50 4/5.
Palm Beach S. (G3) third NEWSDAD (Arch), fourth in the Blue Grass S. (G1) two back but eighth when attempting dirt in the Peter Pan S. (G2), clocked :50 2/5.
Millionaire NAUGHTY NEW YORKER (Quiet American) zipped five panels in a bullet 1:01 3/5 in preparation for his nine-year-old debut.
On the fast main track, Grade/Group 2 victor REGAL RANSOM (Distorted Humor) smoked four furlongs in a bullet :46 3/5, best of 51 works at the distance. The Godolphin runner has been denied narrowly in both of his 2011 outings, missing by a neck to Capt. Candyman Can (Candy Ride [Arg]) in the Sir Shackleton H. and losing on the head-bob to First Dude (Stephen Got Even) in the Alysheba S. (G3) last time.
AVIATE (GB) (Dansili [GB]), coming off a convincing success in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2), exercised in :48 3/5.
Bowling Green H. (G2) scorer AL KHALI (Medaglia d'Oro), eighth in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1), finished up in :49 2/5.
Brazilian Group 1 king MORYBA (Brz) (Hard Buck [Brz]), sixth in the Woodford Reserve, posted :49 3/5.
Carl G. Rose Classic H. winner BIRDRUN (Birdstone), just outdueled by stablemate Drosselmeyer in the One Count, turned in the exact same time.
Grade 1-placed multiple stakes star TRAPPE SHOT (Tapit), who returned to action with a victory in the Waldoboro S., strode in :49 4/5.
Grade 3 veteran EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY (Forest Camp), sidelined for the past year since trailing in the Woody Stephens S. (G2), covered three panels in :37 4/5.
Grade 1-placed multiple stakes victor BEAU CHOIX (Elusive Quality), runner-up in the Island Sun S. in his latest, motored five-eighths in a bullet :59 1/5, fastest of 25 trials at the trip.
Stakes heroine SOUNDWAVE (Friends Lake), a close second in the Classy Mirage S. in her sophomore bow, was caught in 1:02 4/5.
Multiple stakes queen KID KATE (Lemon Drop Kid), third in the Distaff H. (G2) and Nany S. in her past two, took a half-mile spin in :50.
Grade 3-placed stakes scorer AVA K. (Dixie Union), most recently third in the Wanda S., sped in :47 1/5.
Over Aqueduct's fast main track, Grade 1 veteran RAIL TRIP (Jump Start) traveled six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 in advance of his seasonal reappearance. Originally trained by Ron Ellis, he was transferred to Rick Dutrow and wound up a distant fifth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) in his only start for the barn.
Carter H. (G1) third YAWANNA TWIST (Yonaguska) blew out three-eighths in a bullet :35 2/5 for Monday's Metropolitan H. (G1).
Grade 2 hero THIS ONES FOR PHIL (Untuttable), who rolled to victory in the Decathlon S. in his return from a 14-month absence, negotiated four panels in :49.
Upstate at Saratoga, Ballston Spa H. (G2) queen DYNASLEW (Dynaformer) went a half-mile in :51 on the fast Oklahoma training track. The Seth Benzel mare was a close fifth in a Tampa Bay handicap last out.
Multiple Grade 3 victor SILVER TIMBER (Prime Timber), sixth as the defending champion in the Shakertown S. (G3), clocked :49 4/5.
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