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Belmont Stakes Notes: May 30, 2018

Justify, Restoring Hope
Justify and Restoring Hope had a walk day at Churchill Downs following Tuesday's workouts. Jimmy Barnes, assistant to trainer Bob Baffert, reported all was well with both.
Mike Smith will wear the red and yellow silks of China Horse Club International while on Justify in the Belmont Stakes after sporting WinStar Farm's white and green colors in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Justify's other owners are Louisville-based Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners.
Bravazo jogged two miles under Danielle Rosier. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the son of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Awesome Again is expected to have his lone timed workout before the Belmont Stakes on Thursday "as long as the weather doesn't stop us."
Lukas said he plans to send Bravazo to the track at 7:30 ET but could move it up to 5:30, when the track opens, depending on weather.
Bravazo will van to New York on Monday with Warrior's Club, who is running in the Runhappy Metropolitan Mile.
Free Drop Billy
Free Drop Billy had his first day back to the track since working five-eighths of a mile in 59 3/5 seconds Monday, jogging two miles under exercise rider Juan Segundo.
Trainer Dale Romans confirmed that Robby Albarado will have the Belmont Stakes mount on Free Drop Billy.
"In my opinion, he's still one of the best riders in the country," Romans said of Albarado, a finalist on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. "And for big-money races, he's the man I want."
Romans said he remains undecided whether to run Promises Fulfilled in the Woody Stephens or in the Easy Goer on the Belmont Stakes card. He said plans for King Zachary to run in the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill on June 16.
Romans plans to fly his horses to Belmont on Wednesday, June 6.
Tenfold, third by a total of three-quarters of a length in the Preakness, galloped 1 1/8 mile under Angel Garcia after getting a day off Tuesday. 
"The horse is doing good," said Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.
Asmussen said Tenfold is scheduled to work five-eighths of a mile Saturday, and that he's looking for a nice, relaxed move in "1:01 and change, 1:02."
"It's who he is physically, and the rhythm I want him in that I think will be most effective in the Belmont for him," Asmussen said. "He's just going to have to be big, relaxed and cover the ground with the frame that he has."
Tenfold and other Churchill-based Asmussen horses running at Belmont will fly to New York on Tuesday, he said.
Edited NYRA release

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