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Shackleford Back to Kentucky; Belmont Possible

5/22/2011

Preakness winner Shackleford is back in Kentucky but may compete in the Belmont Stakes. Trainer Dale Romans said there's better than a 50-50 chance the colt will be sent to New York, and that he will confer with majority owner Mike Lauffer before a decision is made.

Bloodhorse.com reported that Romans said, "He ate up well this morning.”

Runner-up Animal Kingdom also looks likely for the Belmont at this point, trainer Graham Motion said today. The Kentucky Derby-winning conditioner said John Velazquez and Team Valor's Barry Irwin appear to support the idea.

Dialed In is probably a no-go for the Belmont Stakes. “It’s a little hard for him to do right now. I’ve got to be nuts to jump at it; you have to think of your horse," trainer Nick Zito said.

“Another Preakness is in the books, and it was another tough assignment,” said Zito. “I don’t know why he has to stay that far back. One of the things that frustrates me is he’s squeezed all the time. He breaks cleanly and then eases himself back, but when you’re squeezed, you’re already taken back."

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