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Six Enter Easy Goer Stakes on Belmont Undercard

6/4/2019


On Saturday, the Easy Goer Stakes, named after the nearly unbeatable one at Belmont Park from 1988-90 and who won the 1989 Belmont Stakes, kicks off the stakes portion of the 13-race program.

Six are named in the 1 1-16 mile race.

Dream Maker, a gray/roan son of leading sire Tapit, comes into the Easy Goer off a third-place finish in the Pat Day Mile on Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs. A Kentucky Derby prospect at one point, Dream Maker ran a very bad 10th in the Tampa Bay Derby and followed that with an even more discouraging 13th in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

He worked a half-mile in 48.29 seconds on Saturday at Belmont, and trainer Mark Casse, who will saddle Preakness winner War of Will as well as Sir Winston in the Belmont Stakes, said he's optimistic.

"He showed definite improvement in his last start,'' said Casse, "and I think he will enjoy the one turn and the distance."

Dream Maker drew post 2 under Julien Leparoux.

Still Dreaming was sixth in the six-furlong Chick Lang at Pimlico on Preakness Day, but trainer Graham Motion said he figures the Easy Goer is a good spot for the chestnut son of Flatter.

"He's a bit of a difficult horse to place because we think he's a one-turn horse, and six furlongs is a little too quick for him,'' said Motion. "This being a one-turn mile-and-a-sixteenth seems like it should fit him. I felt like he was running at the end of the Chick Lang, and he previously won at seven furlongs."

Rajiv Maragh rides from the rail.

Majid is unbeaten in three starts this year for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. A son of Shackleford, Najiid was winless in two starts as a 2-year-old for two different trainers, then broke his maiden in January, and won a pair of optional claimers, most recently at Belmont on May 10 going a mile. He will be ridden by Luis Saez from post 5.

"We're very proud of the horse and what he's done so far this year being undefeated as a 3-year-old,'' said Justin Zayat, racing manager for the stable. "He reminds me a lot of his sire Shackleford, that he gets better with age and distance. Saturday's race will be a good test for him, and he seems to be up to the task."

Outshine worked five furlongs in 1:00.92 (9/28) on Saturday at Belmont. He comes into the race off a ninth-place finish in the Wood Memorial. The son of Malibu Moon, trained by Todd Pletcher, drew post 4 and will be ridden by John Velazquez.

Alwaysmining comes back after a poor showing in the Preakness, when hid six-race winning streak was snapped after he was in contention at the top of the stretch and stopped.

Rounding out the field is supplementary nomination Grumps Little Tots, who most recently was placed eighth in the Wood Memorial.


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