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Preakness Stakes 2015 winner AP is set for June 6 to vie for another win, and horse race fans are already eyeing at his possible contenders at Belmont Stakes. When successful, it will be his third in barely five weeks – and he will have the first Triple Crown since 1978. American Pharoah ran first in Kentucky Derby on May 1 and 2 and last Saturday‘s Preakness 2015 in Pimlico, Maryland.
American Pharoah is seen by private clocker Gary Young as the best horse he has ever seen in 35 years, as told to the communications department of Churchill Downs. He compared the colt to Michael Jordan and how he stays in the air. AP does that longer than any horse.
The 2015 two-time horse-race winner has three weeks ahead of him, much of which is who will challenge him as he bid at history to win three crowns in a row. One of Pharoah’s challenges is that trainer Bob Baffert has not much success in this area with previous trainees. Pharoah is at Churchill Downs for training. He will be in New York on June 3.
Another Belmont probable from trainer Todd Pletcher is Carpe Diem. He ran 10th in Kentucky race and skipped Preakness 2015 since co-owner WinStar Farm said he is “50-50.” With some wins in his name, he probably might be running along Pharoah at Belmont Park.
Conquest Curlinate is heading to the June 6 race as well, and one of Pharoah’s possible contenders at Belmont. Though not a Triple Crown nominee, nor a racer in neither Derby nor Preakness, trainer Mark Casse said he is a tough horse for this year’s Belmont Stakes.
Another Preakness 2015 winner AP’s possible contender at Belmont is Frammento. Pharoah ran along with Frammento at Kentucky, where the latter ran 11th place. As he can run all day, trainer Nick Zito said, Frammento looks like a Belmont horse. Zito won Belmont in 2004 and 2008 with Birdstone and Da’Tara.
Kentucky fourth-place runner Frosted may not be the most dynamic gray colt, but he managed to take his spot at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville despite some issues, such as, being taken by Joel Rosario five wide around the far turn. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin from New Work sees Frosted as a project, but his best race may be just ahead. He was not in Preakness 2015, and the Wood Memorial champion can be more than ready for Belmont.
Kentucky Derby seventh-placer Keen Ice is a horse to watch for the upcoming 1.5-mile race at Belmont Park. Donegal President Jerry Crawford calls him a “horse to contend with in New York. “
Finishing fourth in Arkansas Derby, Madefromlucky is also a strong contender. With several firsts in his race record, including the recent Belmont Park Grade II Peter Pan on May 9, Todd Pletcher’s trainee may all be ready for another race on the same grounds.
The Belmont horse sports event looks probable for Materiality, Kentucky Derby sixth-placer. Dubbed as “inexperienced, but has loads of talents,” he has two wins back in March, including Florida Derby.
Trailing Keen Ice in this year’s Kentucky race and landing eight place was Mubtaahij, the UAE Derby winner. He was back overseas to refresh and is already training in New York.
Preakness 2015 second winner Tale of Verve is heading for Belmont Park as well as will be one of Pharoah’s strongest contenders. His win in Preakness 2015 is called by his trainer Dallas Stewart a “prep” for Belmont. Hence, the Kentucky-bred might have much up in store for the race in New York.
Preakness last weekend made several headlines other than American Pharoah and other colts. Water problem popped up resulting in the closure of bathrooms. American football quarterback Cam Newton also gained praises on social media when he aided a woman to stay out of mud. Meanwhile, fans of horse sports colts are set for the next event, such as Preakness 2015 winner AP himself, and his possible contenders at Belmont.
By Judith Aparri
The Courier-Journal: Belmont Watch | Who’s in to take on Pharoah?
Yahoo: Potential spoilers taking on American Pharoah in Belmont
The Baltimore Sun: What really caused the bathroom closures at Saturday’s Preakness
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