Shackleford arrives at Belmont Park

May 31, 2011|By Sports Digest

Preakness champion Shackleford arrived Monday at Belmont Park 12 days before a probable start in the Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old colt got to the Elmont, N.Y., track shortly before 10 a.m. after an overnight van ride from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

"He looks good," said Scotty Everett, assistant trainer to Dale Romans. "We are excited to have him here at Belmont."

Shackleford, fourth in the Kentucky Derby, will go to the track Wednesday to become familiar with the 11/2-mile oval. Romans indicated that a final decision on the colt's going in the third leg of racing's Triple Crown will come later this week.

The colt has earnings this year of better than $1.4 million after winning the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, including a $500,000 bonus to owners Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge.

Peter Pan Stakes winner Alternation, who worked five furlongs Friday at Arlington (Ill.) Park, is considered a serious candidate for the Belmont.

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