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Howard Says Wilkinson Possible for Belmont


By Dick Downey
The Downey Profile

Trainer Neil Howard has Prime Cut semi-pointed to the Belmont Stakes, and now he says he might send Wilkinson.

“I’m considering Wilkinson for the Belmont,” Howard said today. “He seems like the kind of horse that would like going a mile and a half.”

Wilkinson, a son of Lemon Drop Kid out of the Afternoon Deelites mare Tasha's  Delight, won an allowance race at Churchill Downs in his last start May 3 after disappointing in two straight starts when sixth in the Grade II Louisiana Derby and tenth in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass.

The colt was ridden by Jamie Theriot in his last two starts. Garrett Gomez rode him twice before that, and Robby Albarado had the job during Wilkinson's first four starts.

After breaking his maiden going two turns at Fair Grounds in December in his third start, two races later Wilkinson outdueled Pants On Fire to win the Grade III Lecomte at Fair Grounds before his losing effort in the Louisiana Derby.

Donald Adam’s possible Belmont Stakes starter, Prime Cut, will breeze Tuesday or Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.

“He’ll work this week and then have one more work before his next start,” said Howard. “He’s possible for the Belmont, but we’re still not sure what we want to do with him."

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