Belmont Stakes Workout Report: May 22, 2017

“Breezing” or “breezed” indicates the horse was not under strong urging. “Handily” indicates the horse was under urging from its rider. Numbers in parentheses represent the ranking among other horses that worked that day at the specified distance and track.

Bonus Points: 5/20 – The Parx Derby hero, who is under consideration for the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes on June 10, breezed four furlongs over Saratoga’s fast dirt training track in :49.74 (18/34). 

Battle of Midway (photo by Jordan Sigmon).

Battle of Midway (photo by Jordan Sigmon).

Battle of Midway: 5/18 – The Grade 1 Kentucky Derby show finisher worked four furlongs handily in :49:40 (37/56) on a fast Santa Anita oval to prepare for a possible return in that track’s Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes on June 24. 

Irap: 5/19 – The son of Tiznow, who checked in 18th in the Kentucky Derby, worked five furlongs handily over Santa Anita’s fast surface in :59.80 (9/51) in advance of a potential Belmont Stakes start. 

Gormley: 5/20 – Conditioner John Shirreffs’ multiple graded stakes victor, who finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby, worked four furlongs handily in :50.00 (37/52) on fast dirt at Santa Anita and is a possible Belmont Stakes entrant. 

Twisted Tom: 5/21 – Cobra Farm Inc.’s multiple stakes winner, whose connections must pay a $75,000 supplemental fee if they decide to run him in the Belmont Stakes, recorded a five-furlong breeze over Saratoga’s fast dirt training course in 1:01.17 (2/3). 

Tapwrit: 5/20 – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s Kentucky Derby sixth-place finisher worked towards a likely Belmont Stakes run by breezing four furlongs in :50.25 (14/41) on Belmont Park’s fast dirt training track.

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