- Pletcher has entered Keyed Entry in the seven furlong Woody Stephens, but it sounds like he's not going to run. "After running a 1 1/4 -mile race (Kentucky Derby) is he ready to fire his very best?" [Albany Times-Union] It could be argued that he only ran about seven-eighths that day too. Pletcher apparently got a tip from Tom Albertrani than helped him decide to save Sunriver for the Belmont.
"Tom Albertrani (Bernardini's trainer) told me last winter that Bernardini might be the best horse he has ever had," Pletcher said. "We thought about sending Sunriver in the Preakness, but when they decided to go there with Bernardini, we switched Sunriver to the Peter Pan." [NY Post]Rick Violette is looking for High Finance to be on the lead, and Newsday's Paul Moran thinks that the race has a pace setup not unlike the Belmont won by Commendable ($39.60) in 2000.
"It seems that we have the most speed. If [the lead] comes easily,"...Violette said, "we'll take it. Sir Percy won the Epsom Derby [the 12-furlong British classic last week] without having had a race over a mile. Hopefully, we'll follow in his shoes." [Newsday]- Deputy Glitters will scratch if the track turns up wet, according to Albertrani. "After the way he ran in the Champagne and Wood Memorial.....we definitely know he doesn't like the mud."