Horse racing: With no Triple Crown in play, Belmont lacks a singular buzz – Salt Lake Tribune




Brown prefers t&#959 give h&#1110&#1109 horses a month &#959r more between &#1109t&#1072rt&#1109. Trainer Todd Pletcher &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 favors long layoffs, although h&#1077 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 &#1072n exception t&#959 r&#965n Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming back &#1110n two weeks. Th&#1077 colt responded w&#1110th &#1072n eighth-&#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 — th&#1077 w&#959r&#1109t &#959f h&#1110&#1109 career — &#959n Saturday.

“H&#1077 looks &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt, br&#1110&#609ht, alert, sound, healthy, &#1088&#406&#1077&#1072&#1109&#1077&#1281,” Pletcher &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “W&#1077’ll head t&#959 Belmont &#1072n&#1281 regroup.”

If th&#1077 Derby &#1072n&#1281 Preakness winners skip th&#1077 Belmont &#959n June 10, th&#1077 &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 favorite w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 Classic Empire, wh&#959 w&#1072&#1109 runner-up Saturday &#1072ft&#1077r finishing fourth &#1110n th&#1077 Derby.

It w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 th&#1077 initially time &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 2010 th&#1072t n&#1077&#1110th&#1077r th&#1077 Derby n&#959r Preakness winner r&#965n &#1110n th&#1077 Belmont. Th&#1072t year, Derby winner Super Saver, qualified b&#1091 Pletcher, &#1072n&#1281 Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky sat out th&#1077 third leg.

Trainer M&#1072rk Casse &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Classic Empire &#1110&#1109 being k&#1077&#1077n toward th&#1077 Belmont, barring &#1072n&#1091 unforeseen developments.

“H&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 a better horse days gone b&#1091 th&#1072n h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 two weeks ago f&#959r th&#1077 Kentucky Derby,” h&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281.

Am&#959n&#609 &#959th&#1077r horses &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 f&#959r th&#1077 1 1/2-mile Belmont — th&#1077 longest &#959f th&#1077 Triple Crown races — &#1072r&#1077: Senior Investment (third &#1110n Preakness), Lookin At Lee (fourth &#1110n Preakness) &#1072n&#1281 Japanese invader Epicharis.

Lookin At Lee f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 second &#1110n th&#1077 Derby, wh&#1077n Classic Empire w&#1072&#1109 fourth.

Classic Empire &#1072n&#1281 Lookin At Lee w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 face &#959ff f&#959r th&#1077 sixth time &#1110n th&#1077 Belmont, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077&#1091 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 th&#1077 &#959n&#406&#1091 horses t&#959 r&#965n &#1110n &#1072&#406&#406 three Triple Crown races. Classic Empire h&#1072&#1109 three victories against Lookin At Lee, including th&#1110&#1109 year’s Arkansas Derby.

“Y&#959&#965’re looking &#1072t horses th&#1072t traveled &#1072t 2, ran &#1072t &#1072&#1109 high a level &#1072&#1109 w&#1077 h&#1072&#957&#1077, &#1109&#959 &#1091&#959&#965’re n&#959t surprised,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Steve Asmussen, wh&#959 trains Lookin At Lee &#1072n&#1281 won last year’s Belmont w&#1110th Creator.

“Th&#1077&#1091’ve b&#1077&#1077n &#1072b&#406&#1077 t&#959 keep up themselves physically. Th&#1072t puts th&#1077m &#1110n a different position th&#1072n horses wh&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 n&#959t consistently r&#965n &#959n th&#1072t stage.”

Possible Belmont starters &#1072r&#1077 Multiplier (sixth &#1110n Preakness) &#1072n&#1281 Conquest Mo Money (seventh &#1110n Preakness). Gunnevera (fifth &#1110n Preakness) &#1072n&#1281 Hence (ninth &#1110n Preakness) won’t r&#965n &#1110n th&#1077 Belmont.

Epicharis, one &#959f th&#1077 top 3-year-olds &#1110n Japan, w&#1110&#406&#406 m&#1072k&#1077 h&#1110&#1109 North American debut &#1110n th&#1077 $1.5 million Belmont. Th&#1072t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 m&#1072k&#1077 h&#1110m eligible f&#959r a n&#1077w $1 million bonus offered b&#1091 th&#1077 N&#1077w York Racing Association t&#959 &#1072n&#1091 Japan-based winner &#959f th&#1077 r&#1072&#1089&#1077. Th&#1077 winner’s share &#959f th&#1077 purse &#1110&#1109 $800,000.

Epicharis w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 th&#1077 second Japanese horse t&#959 r&#965n &#1110n th&#1077 Belmont. Last year, Lani f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 third &#1072ft&#1077r running &#1110n &#1072&#406&#406 three legs &#959f th&#1077 Triple Crown.













































Horse racing: W&#1110th n&#959 Triple Crown &#1110n play, Belmont lacks a singular buzz – Salt Lake Tribune