“He came out of the race great,” said McLaughlin of Charitable Man, who covered the nine furlongs in 1:47.13. “The main decision is, `Where do we go next? What do we do?’ I will be corresponding with Mr. Warren today and tomorrow, and we are looking at the Belmont Stakes (Grade 1, $1 million, 3-year-olds, 1½ miles, June 6) or the Dwyer (Grade 2, $200,000, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16th miles, July 4) with heading to the Shadwell Travers (Grade 1, $1 million, 1 ¼ miles, Aug. 29, Saratoga) as the main objective.
Birdstone in 2004 was the last Travers winner to have prepped with a Belmont victory, although Charitable Man’s sire, Lemon Drop Kid, won both the Belmont and the Travers in 1999, having prepped for the Mid-Summer Derby with a second-place finish in the Jim Dandy.
“The neat thing about Charitable Man is that we won the (Grade 2) Futurity here going seven furlongs,” said McLaughlin. “The distance, a mile to a mile and a half, isn’t a big issue, and he’s three-for-three on dirt.”
McLaughlin added that another of his star 3-year-olds, West Point Thoroughbred’s Mr. Fantasy, would start next either in the Grade 1, $600,000 Shadwell Metropolitan Handicap at a mile on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, or the Grade 2, $250,000 Woody Stephens for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 6.
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Trainer Barclay Tagg said that Hello Broadway was “fine” Sunday morning after having set blazing early fractions and then tiring to finish fourth in the Peter Pan. Equipped with blinkers, Hello Broadway opened up by eight lengths under Garrett Gomez as he rocketed through a half-mile in 44.89 and three-quarters in 1:08.93.
“Who would have thought he would run off like that?” said Tagg. “We’ll get inside his head and figure him out one of these days. In every race, it’s always been something with him.”
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With Quality Road walking the shedrow for the fifth straight day as he recovers from a slow-to-heal quarter crack in his right fore hoof, chances of the Florida Derby winner making the Belmont Stakes appear very slim. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said he was not sure when the colt, who would likely have been favored in the Kentucky Derby had he not developed the quarter crack, would return to training.
Jerkens added that Centennial Farms’ Desert Key, second in his 4-year-old debut in a six-furlong allowance at Belmont Park on May 6, was under consideration for the Grade 2, $250,000 True North Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 6.
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Simulcasting of the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico, will be offered at Belmont Park, as well as the entire card from the Baltimore, Md. Racetrack on Saturday, May 16.
The live race feature at Belmont Park will be the Grade 2, $150,000 Shuvee Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile, which will be part of a guaranteed $350,000 late Pick 4