How the Belmont Stakes field is taking shape as of June 2:
1. California Chrome (Victor Espinoza)
The Triple Crown hopeful worked four furlongs in :47.69 (per NYRA; :47.61 per Equibase) at Belmont Saturday to rave reviews by those on the scene. He’s slated to jog on Monday, gallop from Tuesday through Friday and jog the morning of the race per NYRA.
Video: California Chrome’s work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU9T7-PwGH0
2. Wicked Strong (Rajiv Maragh)
The son of Hard Spun worked five furlongs in :59.10 over the Belmont training track Sunday. “He’ll probably just gallop into the race,” said trainer Jimmy Jerkens.
Video: Wicked Strong’s work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wkMjkkYB1s
3. Commanding Curve (Shaun Bridgmohan)
He arrived at Belmont on Thursday; worked four furlongs in :47.38 in company Sunday. “I thought he worked great,” said trainer Dallas Stewart. “I’ve never seen him work any better. It was easy, and he was calm and perfect. He came back not blowing.”
Video: Commanding Curve’s work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3iQg2RCIBk
4. Medal Count (Robby Albarado)
The son of Dynaformer was declared for the race Tuesday; worked six furlongs in 1:10.60 at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The Dale Romans trainee is set to ship to Belmont on Thursday.
5. Tonalist (Joel Rosario)
Tonalist worked five furlongs in 1:00.14 in company at Belmont Saturday. “He came out of his work in good order,” trainer Christophe Clement said Sunday. “He looked great this morning.”
Video: Tonalist’s work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keibUmyVSb4
6. Ride On Curlin (John Velazquez)
The son of Curlin worked seven furlongs in 1:28.03 at Belmont on Sunday. “I thought he went super,” trainer Billy Gowan said.
Video: Ride On Curlin’s work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVqQaka7q7w
7. Samraat (Jose Ortiz)
Samraat worked one mile in 1:47.55 at Aqueduct on Saturday. “He didn’t break any stop watches, but it was pretty cool,” said trainer Rick Violette. The New York-bred is expected to ship to Belmont mid-week.
8. Commissioner (Javier Castellano)
The Todd Pletcher trainee worked in company with possible Belmont Stakes contender Matterhorn on the training track Sunday and went four furlongs in :49.86.
Video: Commissioner and Matterhorn work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UStodjiaO-o
9. Matterhorn (Joe Bravo)
He was confirmed for the race on Monday. Matterhorn worked in company with Belmont Stakes contender Commissioner over training track Sunday and went four furlongs in :49.90.
10. General a Rod (Rosie Napravnik)
The son of Roman Ruler was declared for the race on Saturday and worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 at Churchill Training Center that morning. “We waited it out, and the horse told us to go,” trainer Mike Maker said. “I felt good before the Preakness and I feel good before the Belmont. One of these times we’re going to have a clean run and go from there.”
11. Social Inclusion (Irad Ortiz)
Social Inclusion worked a blazing three furlongs in :33.55 at Belmont on Saturday. A decision on his next race is anticipated today.
Video: Social Inclusion’s work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFlggBgecIA
12. Matuszak (Mike Smith)
The son of Bernardini worked five furlongs in 1:00.94 in company at Belmont on Sunday; trainer Bill Mott tabbed the work “great.” “I realize we’re kind of a long shot and we’re reaching, but the horse is actually coming around at the right time, whatever that may mean.”
13. Kid Cruz (TBA)
The Linda Rice trainee worked six furlongs in 1:14.53 on the Belmont training track on Friday. A decision is expected soon on his status for the race.