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2019 Belmont Stakes May 29 Photos


Date: 05/29/2019

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival runs from June 6 to June 8, highlighted by the 151st Belmont Stakes run on Saturday June 8 with Kentucky Derby 8th place finisher and Preakness Stakes winner War of Will the probable favorite. The weather is currently looking pretty good on Belmont Day, partly cloudy with AM showers and temperatures in the low 70's.

Photos courtesy Nancy Rokos

horse racinghorse racingMaster Fencer breezed five furlongs in 1:01.48 on Wednesday morning on the Belmont Park for trainer Koichi Tsunoda. Jockey Julien Leparoux was scheduled to pilot the chestnut but a cancelled flight kept the French-born rider in Kentucky. Master Fencer's regular exercise rider Yosuke Kono was in the irons for Wednesday morning's breeze, which saw the horse appear to stumble slightly inside the eighth pole, causing Kono to pull the horse up shortly after the finish line.

Kono, via translator Mitsuoki Numamoto, said Master Fencer was working well up until the stumble and that the horse appears to be in good order after cooling out at the barn. "Up until the eighth pole, he was breezing really well and I was so satisfied. All of a sudden, he stumbled, and gradually shifted to the left by the rail. I switched my whip to make him aware and focus to the end of the breeze," said Kono. "We then recovered but it was feeling a little weird so I tried to stop him as soon as possible. After the work he had a light jog and there were no problems. I don't think it's something that will cause a major issue."

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Intrepid Heart galloped at Belmont Park under the supervision of assistant trainer Byron Hughes along with fellow Todd Pletcher trainee Spinoff.

Hugh said, "They each continue to show good energy heading into the race. The plan was to gallop them this morning and they both returned well out of it and continue to eat well and show good energy."

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Spinoff galloped at Belmont Park under the supervision of assistant trainer Byron Hughes along with fellow Todd Pletcher trainee Spinoff.

Hughes said, "They'll each look to have their last major works for the Belmont on Friday."

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Tacitus, who breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.16 on Sunday, was back galloping at Belmont Park on Wednesday.

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