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Tenfold Taking Big Strides Toward Belmont Stakes

By Dick Downey
Tenfold continues to progress in his training this morning at Churchill Downs, givin his connections hope he'll run a big one in the Belmont Stakes.
"The horse galloped good," said assistant trainer Scott Blasi. "I was really happy with him. He just looks like he's got a bloom to him. I really liked his gallop today a lot."
During Preakness weekend, Ricardo Santana rode in 11 stakes, winning five with a second and three thirds, including a third-place finish on Tenfold
"A few days earlier, Steve told me we had a lot of good shots," Santana said. "All the horses were training amazing. Tenfold was training amazing. Mitole was training amazing. I've got a lot of confidence in Steve. He does a really good job with the horses, and they are always ready to go. I was really blessed, having two days winning stakes and the trainer and owners gave me an opportunity. I was really happy. I can't even believe I had that great week."
Tenfold tracked Bravazo, then got the jump on that one going into the stretch run, only to be passed in the final jumps.
"The horse ran a really good race," Santana said. "Steve told me since the first day that the horse was special for him. We had a lot of confidence that he was going to run a good race. He was acting really professional. He took the dirt pretty good. He's an amazing horse. He does everything right. We were in a great spot. I was a little worried how the track was, because it was pretty muddy. But the horse was like he didn't care.
"Turning for home, my horse gave me everything he had. He got a little tired. I think if he had run one more race, we had a pretty good chance to beat Justify. I think in the Belmont my horse is going to run a very tough race."
Santana said the distance of the Belmont Stakes would suit Tenfold well.
"He's got a really long stride," he said. "He's a horse that the second you ask him, he goes for it. When I won his first race, he broke so sharp and was on the lead. I didn't even feel how fast I was going. I came back and saw the time that we ran. The second time, I schooled him pretty good, put him behind two other horses, and he took the dirt pretty good. We beat a nice horse for Todd Pletcher. He ran a pretty good race in the Arkansas Derby for his third race. He was a baby still, and in the Preakness, he proved a lot."

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