Wicked Strong schooling prior to the Kentucky Derby
The latest on the Belmont Stakes field:
1. California Chrome (Jockey: Victor Espinoza)
Set to work on Saturday with Espinoza aboard; “All systems go,” says assistant trainer Alan Sherman
2. Ride On Curlin (Jockey: John Velazquez)
Galloping at Belmont in the mornings; likely to work this weekend
3. Wicked Strong (Jockey: Rajiv Maragh)
Worked one mile in 1:39.59 and galloped out 1 1/8 miles in 1:55.22 on Sunday; “A nice, good stamina work,” said trainer Jimmy Jerkens; will work again next weekend, could have a blow out the week of the Belmont.
4. Tonalist (Jockey: Joel Rosario)
Worked five furlongs in 1:01.63 at Belmont Sunday; “It was a strong gallop out,” said Christophe Clement; to put in “more aggressive work” in company next weekend
5. Commanding Curve (Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan)
Worked five furlongs in :59.80 Friday at Churchill Downs; set to ship to Belmont this week.
6. Social Inclusion* (Jockey: Irad Ortiz)
Likely to work on Saturday; is possible for Belmont or Woody Stephens
7. Samraat (Jockey: Jose Ortiz)
Worked a mile in 1:41.28 Sunday; “He ran his last three-eighths in 36 flat and cooled out like he was King Kong,” trainer Rick Violette said.
8. Commissioner (Jockey: Javier Castellano)
Went five furlongs in 1:00.77 Sunday in company with Intense Holiday, who is out of the Belmont with a condylar fracture; “We’re looking forward to the distance,” Pletcher said of Commissioner.
9. Kid Cruz (Jockey: TBA)
Likely to work this weekend; will have new jockey for Belmont
10. Matuszak (Jockey: Mike Smith)
Worked five furlongs in 1:01.56 in company at Belmont Monday
11. Matterhorn* (Jockey: TBA)
Reported Monday as possible contender; fourth in Peter Pan last out
12. Medal Count (Jockey: Robby Albarado)
Announced Tuesday he will be pointed for Belmont; worked five furlongs in :59.40 at Churchill Downs
* – listed as possible starter