By Dick Downey
Updated 3:38 p.m. ET
Saturday at Belmont Park, two more contenders completed their major work for the Belmont Stakes.
Tale of Verve was timed for five furlongs in a bullet 59.02 (1/23), breezing, by NYRA clockers. Trained by Dallas Stewart, Tale of Verve finished second in the Preakness Stakes after breaking his maiden at the Preakness distance at Keeneland in his sixth start.
"He galloped out good and came back blowing, which is good because it means he got something out of it," said Stewart. "He came back great and looked awesome. I hope he has another step forward in him; that's what we're here for. He's a big horse and has a great stride, so hopefully it will add up. It's going to be a matter of stamina, and hopefully the best horse will win."
Mubtaahij, trained by Mike de Kock, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.05 (7/23). This was his sixth workout since finishing eighth in the Kentucky Derby on May 2, and it was his fifth breeze at Belmont Park. The trainer is expected at Belmont Park on Monday.
The colt was scheduled to work on turf, but the move to the main track was made because the turf was too firm, said assistant trainer
Frammento breezed four furlongs on the training track at Saratoga in 48.15 (1/60) this morning for trainer Nick Zito. He reportedly went in company with Hard Scuffle, who was credited with a three-furlong move in 36.88 (3/28).
"He looked great," Zito said. "They got him in 12, 24, 48 - you can't beat that. I even got him a little quicker, but that was OK. I'm happy. It was good. Last Saturday when he worked, he just kept going. (Exercise rider Maxine Correa) does a good job on him. He went pretty darn good last weekend, and this is what we wanted him to do today, just sharpen him up a little bit. He's over-ready.Everything is good. He's developed nice, he's held his flesh and he's held himself. He's doing everything right."
"He felt great. He started off real cool and relaxed and he picked it up at the quarter pole and flew home. He galloped out beautiful and finished up strong," Correa said. "He started off just behind a horse and stayed a little wide. He was happy to stay behind the horse until the quarter pole and as soon as I asked him to go, he kicked on. It was really good. In the times I've breezed him, sometimes with company and sometimes without, he seems to have matured a lot over the winter and sort of got his head together, realizing what he's supposed to do. He's coming around nicely."