By Dick Downey
The Downey Profile
At least one important media outlet has misinterpreted comments made by Dale Romans, concluding that Shackleford is no longer "more than 50-50" to run in the Belmont Stakes.
Citing a piece by Jennie Rees in the Courier-Journal, the New York Times mis-reported this story, stating "The Journal also reports that Romans seems to be backing off from his prior statement that Shackleford was better than 50-50 to race in the Belmont." Not.
Here's what Romans told Rees. “The three classics are by far the most important races, especially when you start to look at who is going to be champion 3-year-old," he said. "I think it will play heavily if he runs in all three races and runs well in all three races. If he’s doing good, we’re going to give him a chance. Then we can worry about freshening him up and readying for something like the Travers, Haskell or Jim Dandy."
Meanwhile, Jerry Bossert at the New York Daily News attributes this quote about Shackleford's condition after the Preakness to Romans: "He's come out of the race in great shape."
Animal Kingdom seems to be a go for the Belmont unless something changes. DRF.com reports that while he was off his feed a bit on Saturday night, trainer Graham Motion says Animal Kingdom is eating well again and that he's being fed more now than before the Preakness.
“I’d like to be there,” Motion said of the Belmont Stakes. Motion cautioned, however, that, like Romans, he needs to see more before making a final decision.