‘Todd Squad’ provides sizeable intrigue at Belmont Stakes
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“He [Incognito] worked well and Jimmy Bell [President of Darley America] was here, so we’re going to talk about it in the next day or two and see if we can give it a shot,” McLaughlin said. “The main reason we’re even talking about it is that he truly wants a mile and a half and you don’t get many opportunities.”
Also, trainer Chad Brown declared that Peter Pan runner-up Saint Vigeur is doubtful for the Stakes after he developed a quarter crack. That, coupled with the fact that Saint Vigeur is not ready for the Grade One, according to Brown, made for an easy decision.
Other contenders for running in the Stakes are Derby winners Orb and runner-up Golden Soul, Preakness winner Oxbow and stablemate Will Take Charge, who placed seventh in the Preakness, Giant Finish, who was 10th in the Derby, and Always in a Tiz, who placed ninth in the Grade One Wood Memorial.
In other Stakes news leading up to race day, jockeys from Belmont Park visited the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island on Friday. Jockeys went in to visit the children and families staying at the house and pose for pictures, distribute gifts and autograph memorabilia. This year’s participating jockeys include Javier Castellano, Rajiv Maragh, Jose Ortiz, Irad Ortiz and Manuel Franco.
On June 7, the day before the actual races, Belmont will be coming to Manhattan. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the east side of Vanderbilt Hall will be turned into a mini version of Belmont, with four interactive event zones open to 750,000 of New York’s daily commuter, tourists and visitors. Fans will have the opportunity to win prizes and share excitement before the big day.
That fast-approaching big day promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats. May the betting begin!