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Blended Citizen to Have Early Afternoon Breeze for Belmont Stakes

6/1/2018
 
After galloping once around Belmont Park's main track Friday morning, Blended Citizen is scheduled to turn in his final work Saturday afternoon at 12:50 p.m. before his start of the first race.
 
After several day of wet weather, trainer Doug O'Neill said he hopes to get a breeze in over a fast main track.
 
'It's been hectic, but we're excited to work him," O'Neill said by phone. "Things have been going well. Hopefully everything goes well tomorrow, and then we're just going to train him lightly up to the big day."
 
That work will be his second at Belmont after he breezed four furlongs in 47.55 seconds over the main track last Saturday.
 
Blended Citizen has been stabled at John Hertler's Barn 17 since his 1 1/2-length victory in the May 12 Peter Pan.
 
A victory in the Belmont Stakes by Blended Citizen would add him to the list of seven others who swept the Peter Pan and Belmont Stakes double: Counterpoint (1951), Gallant Man (1957), Cavan (1958), Coastal (1979), Danzig Connection (1986), A.P. Indy (1992), and Tonalist (2014).
 
Gronkowski Workout Postponed
 
Rain led trainer Chad Brown to abort the plan for Gronkowski to breeze on Friday.
 
"I was going to work, and I waited until after the break, I wasn't comfortable going today," Brown said. "It's just bad luck. I was moving it up a day anyway because there might be some rain. I prefer to work Saturday anyway, but I was prepared to work today."
 
Brown said Gronkowski could work on Belmont's main track after the mid-morning break on Saturday.
 
"Preferably, tomorrow is a day I'd want him to work. I'm not going to hold myself to it, but probably," he said.
 
Edited NYRA release

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