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A day after his impressive final breeze before the Belmont Stakes, California Chrome was feeling good when walking the shed row this morning.

"Chrome came out of the work in great shape," said Alan Sherman, son and assistant of trainer Art Sherman. "He was pulling [exercise rider] Willie [Delgado] around the shed row this morning. Everything is cold and tight and we're ready for Saturday."

Ride On Curlin, who finished second to California Chrome in the Preakness Stakes put in his breeze this morning, working seven furlongs in 1:28.03. Trainer Billy Gowan was happy with the work, which he watched with Ride On Curlin’s new jockey John Velazquez. Velazquez won both the 2007 and 2012 Belmont Stakes and will be Ride On Curlin’s third jockey of the Triple Crown series.

Ride On Curlin will walk the shedrow on Monday and return to the track on Tuesday.

"We'll just gallop him easy. He doesn't need much," Gowan said. "We'll probably take him slow every day, and just keep him happy. I'm just happy with the way my horse is going. We come in every morning, and he's hollering for his feed. He's just a tough horse."

Wicked Strong, fourth in the Kentucky Derby, also worked on Sunday. The colt breezed five furlongs in 59.10 seconds, the fastest of the five horses to work the distance on Belmont’s training track. Wicked Strong was breezing behind 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice and the 3-year-old colt’s trainer thought he may have seen last year’s victor in front of him during the breeze.

"It was a little fast, but [exercise rider Kevin Pahal] saw me put my hand up to slow down, and he did,” trainer Jimmy Jerkins said. “He didn't pull him back, but he didn't urge him any. It looked like he saw [Palace Malice and Celebrator] ahead of him and really got into gear around the turn and was approaching them fast, which is why I slowed him down. Sometimes they [catch horses ahead of them]. You don't mind them doing it if [the other horses] are only a few lengths in front, but when they are six lengths in front it's a different story. But it was good. I'm happy with it."

POTENTIAL BELMONT STARTERS

Horse

Owner

Trainer

California Chrome

Steven Coburn 
& Perry Martin

Art Sherman

Commanding Curve

West Point Thoroughbreds

Dallas Stewart

Commissioner

WinStar Farm

Todd Pletcher

Kid Cruz

Vina Del Mar TBs 
& Black Swan Stb.

Linda Rice

Matterhorn

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners

Todd Pletcher

Matuszak

C R K Stable

Bill Mott

Medal Count

Spendthrift Farm

Dale Romans

Ride On Curlin

Daniel J. Dougherty

Billy Gowan

Samraat

My Meadowview Farm

Richard Violette Jr.

Social Inclusion

Rontos Racing Stable

Manny Azpurua

Tonalist

Robert S. Evans

Christophe Clement

Wicked Strong

Centennial Farm

Jimmy Jerkens

General a Rod

Starlight Racing

Mike Maker

Commanding Curve also had his first and only work on Belmont’s main track on Sunday. He covered four furlongs in 47.38, the third fastest of the distance. While he is trained by Dallas Stewart, he worked with trainer Tom Albertrani’s Cost Effective, who finished about a length behind him. Commanding Curve is looking to upset the Triple Crown after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby.

Todd Pletcher worked his Belmont hopefuls Commissioner and Matterhorn together with the pair working four furlongs in 49.86 and 49.90, respectively.

Matuszak also put in his final work, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.94 for trainer Bill Mott. It was the fourth straight five furlong work for the colt over Belmont’s main track. Two of those works were bullets, with Matuszak working 59.88 on May 12 and 59.70 on May 19. Mott admits that Matuszak is a long shot but believes he is coming around at the right time. He won the 2010 Belmont with Drosselmeyer.

Tonalist, who worked yesterday, jogged 1 ½ miles and went to the gate this morning.

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Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Melissa Bauer-Herzog was born and raised in Vancouver, Wash. where she grew up riding horses in all-around events. After graduating from West Texas A&M with a B.S. in Mass Communication she spent the summer of 2012 interning at the United States Equestrian Federation and working at the Paulick Report. Melissa joined America’s Best Racing in December 2012 while interning with Three Chimneys Farm in their marketing communications division.

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Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Melissa Bauer-Herzog was born and raised in Vancouver, Wash. where she grew up riding horses in all-around events. After graduating from West Texas A&M with a B.S. in Mass Communication she spent the summer of 2012 interning at the United States Equestrian Federation and working at the Paulick Report. Melissa joined America’s Best Racing in December 2012 while interning with Three Chimneys Farm in their marketing communications division.

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