Barbaro Updates: 298
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Update 2001: Another Belmont addition: CP West, and a defection: Time Squared. Digger's participation is now also questionable. John Velazquez has opted to ride Rags to Riches, Rafael Bejarano will now partner Slew's Tizzy. Hard Spun returned to the track today after working on sunday, as did Tiago: Blemont notes, tuesday June 5.
Update 2000: As many people have been speculating, Pletcher has determined Rags to Riches will run in the Belmont. Now who will ride her ? Her rugular jockey, Garrett Gomez, has committed to Hard Spun. If Rags to Riches runs back to her Oaks victory at Churchill she will be a contender: Rags to Riches Will Run in Belmont.
Update 1999: A gorgeous morning this morning at Fair Hill. I had four to ride. First out was Gator Nation, and we went to the Tapeta track to gallop a mile and a quarter. He went very nicely. Its funny, when I arrived at the barn Gator was ready and tacked up, he saw me and started nickering ... he knew it was time to train and seemed to be looking forward to it! Second set was Nautical Agent, we went to the Tapeta track, Tim came with us on Fortuna. On the way to the track we saw Rick Porter, wished him luck for saturday and then asked whether he would try Hard Spun on the turf this year if he did not win the Belmont. I think it had crossed his mind. Nautical Agent could not have galloped any better. She led Fortuna round for a mile and a quarter, and then of course high-stepped it all the way home. Next was Who's Happy. She went to the dirt track to jog a couple of miles. She was cool, its cool riding a horse who is three for three in her last three starts. I had assumed that I would not be getting back on her! As I was jogging around I saw Barclay Tagg, no time for a chat, but a quick hello. Final set was Nonpariel, she went across the fields. The rain has done the ground the world of good. Nonpariel was full of herself, but felt great out there. A lovely morning!
Update 1998: If you are looking for a horse to upset the big two in The Belmont, Tiago may be worth considering. He will be coming on late, and he galloped out after the Derby very well which may be a sign he was just getting going at the end of the (shorter) race. Rich Rosenblatt takes a closer look at Tiago: Team Giacomo Seeks Belmont Glory With Tiago.
Here is some more feedback from the screening of HBOs excellent Barbaro documentary: HBO Barbaro Showing @ Unionville High Sc