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Belmont Stakes News: Golden Soul Breeze Delayed


By Dick Downey

First it was going to be Thursday. Then it was going to be Saturday. But Golden Soul has yet to put in a post-Kentucky Derby workout.

Trainer Dallas Stewart had committed Derby runner-up Golden Soul to breeze Saturday after a plan to do that on Thursday came and went. Instead, Golden Soul galloped as per the norm Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. Stewart told Marty McGee of DRF.com that Golden Soul is not into his feed tub as much as he should be and that a breeze will take place when he feels Golden Soul is 100 percent. The trainer said that could happen any day.

Meanwhile, Preakness winner Oxbow was reportedly full of himself galloping at Churchill Downs Saturday morning as clocker Bruno DeJulio looked on.

Orb won't breeze this weekend, but he might next Sunday. Shug McGaughey said Saturday morning it would be a signal that the Belmont Stakes is being targeted.

Trainers are often loathe to compare horses, but McGaughey mentioned that Easy Goer ran in all three Triple Crown races -- and that he was best of all coming out of the Belmont Stakes. Of course, Easy Goer won the Belmont after finishing second in the Derby and Preakness. McGaughey said he couldn't think of a reason not to participate in the Belmont Stakes if Orb shows that he's ready.

Pace makes the race, but Freedom Child won't necessarily set the tone in the Belmont, according to trainer Tom Albertrani. Freedom Child won the Grade II Peter Pan after leading all the way on a sloppy track.

Albertrani said Saturday morning that Freedom Child doesn't necessarily need to be on the lead. "He's going to put himself into position," the trainer said.

Abertrani said Freedom Child had a lot left turning for home in the Peter Pan and that his energy level has continued to be good since the May 11 race.

A decision on whether Micromanage will be seriously considered for the Belmont Stakes could come as soon as this Sunday after he breezes at Belmont Park. Todd Pletcher trains Micromanage, who's had a single start this year. He won a two-turn allowance race at Belmont on May 11.

Owner Mike Repole had high hopes for Micromanage after he won his seven-furlong debut by five lengths on Sept. 1. But then the son of Medaglia D' Oro finished fifth in the Grade I Champagne Stakes and last of 10 in the Grade II Remsen. That was followed by a six-month hiatus from the races.

Repole and Pletcher have committed Overanalyze to the Belmont. Pletcher has also commited Revolutionary and Palace Malice. Repole's filly Unlimited Budget is possible, as is another horse owned by Repole, Midnight Taboo. Pletcher plans to breeze all six of his Belmont probables/possibles on Sunday.

Always in a Tiz was put into the Belmont Stakes picture on Friday. Ninth in the Grade I Wood Memorial on April 6, he's put in two breezes since then -- one on April 28 and one on May 22 for trainer Dominick Schettino.

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