Belmont Field Taking Shape

New York runner Alpha expected in Belmont

CLEVELAND - The Belmont Stakes lineup is taking shape with a field of 11 possible runners.

I'll Have Another shipped to Belmont Park by van on Sunday after the Preakness and has begun workouts there this week.

The preliminary schedule of horses trying to stop I'll Have Another from taking the Triple Crown Trophy on June 9th are Alpha, Atigun, Dullahan, Five Sixteen, Guyana Star Dweej, I'll Have Another, Optimizer, Paynter, Street Life, Union Rags, and Unstoppable U.

Union Rags experienced some traffic problems in the Kentucky Derby, skipped the Preakness, and has been at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland working out.  He will arrive in New York well rested and will be a viable threat to all contenders.

Former Union Rags jockey Julien Leparoux will ride Antigun in the Belmont and John Velasquez will take the mount on Union Rags.

Union Rags is no stranger to the Belmont track as he beat Derby contender Alpha in the 1-Mile Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont last year under jockey J. Castellano.  Castellano is schedule to ride Dullahan in the Belmont.

Dullahan is training at Churchill and will resume his workouts on Saturday.

Five Sixteen will be ridden by jockey Rosie Napravnik and has been training at Belmont.  Yesterday they went five furlongs in 1:00.95.

Alpha, Street Life, Unstoppable U, Guyana Star Dweej, and Antigun are all at Belmont and will have workouts this week if the weather cooperates.

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Horse trainers are not only responsible for training their clients horses, but they also take on the responsibility for the health of the horse and its needs while under their care. Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another trainer Doug O'Neill is now expected to serve a 45 day suspension beginning July 1, 2012 after a seven day hearing concluded that one of his horses tested positive for more than the permitted amount of carbon dioxide in its system at Del Mar in 2010.  Stay tuned......

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