Updated on 09/16/2011 7:26AM

Another first for Alberts: Belmont

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Nancy Alberts, who has never been to Belmont Park, will run Magic Weisner in the June 8 Belmont Stakes. The Maryland-based gelding was second at 45-1 in the Preakness.

Nancy Alberts may be a newcomer to the national stage, but she is quickly making up for lost time. Alberts nearly scored an upset in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday with 45-1 shot Magic Weisner, the gelding she bred, owns, and trains, even gallops. And now that Alberts has decided to run Magic Weisner back in the June 8 Belmont Stakes, she will be making a rare trip outside her Maryland base.

In all the years Alberts, 56, has been in racing, she has never run a horse at Belmont Park. It gets better. She has never even been to Belmont Park. "I hear it's beautiful," she said Wednesday from Laurel Race Course, where she is based.

Alberts said Magic Weisner will be sent by van to Belmont Park the day before the race. So, the first time she ever sets foot at Belmont Park, or runs a horse at that track, she will run a horse in the Belmont Stakes. And not just any Belmont Stakes, but one in which another 3-year-old, War Emblem - the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner - will be trying to win the Triple Crown.

The recent attention has been dizzying for Alberts. Her voicemail apologizes in advance for the likelihood she will not call back quickly, but, in truth, she has been unfailingly cooperative. "I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off," she said. "I'm wiped out. All I do is make phone calls. I'm enjoying the publicity, but it's tough."

After Magic Weisner ran so well in the Preakness, the scope of her phone calls widened from friends and media members to prospective buyers.

"I've had some offers that I know I shouldn't turn down, especially for a gelding," Alberts said. "And they're real offers, from people I know. But I'm not going to sell him before the Belmont. I'm going to go through with it. One of the offers was for so much money I think they expected me to take it."

Alberts, until Saturday, was far removed from the Triple Crown spotlight that shines on War Emblem's trainer, Bob Baffert. She said she has never met Baffert; their paths did not cross on Preakness Day. She said she greatly admires what Baffert has accomplished, and she has been taken aback by the undercurrent of resentment in the sport toward Baffert.

"I've had a lot of calls from people saying they want to buy my horse to beat Bob Baffert," Alberts said. "People have said that. I don't think that way. I want to be in the Belmont to win the Belmont. I'm not going to the Belmont to beat Bob Baffert."

Magic Weisner walked for a few days after the Preakness, then went back to the track for a routine gallop on Wednesday. "He was very aggressive," said Alberts, who acts as Magic Weisner's exercise rider. "He was just like his normal self. He was tired on Sunday, but he gets bored real quick. He's a good-feeling horse. He's just a neat little guy. He's not a big horse, but he's very strong, and very athletic."

Alberts said she had mixed emotions immediately following the Preakness. She alternated between being thrilled Magic Weisner had run so well, and disappointed he hadn't won.

"Of course I was disappointed he didn't win, but I was tickled to death this jock," she said, referring to Richard Migliore, "fit him so beautifully. I expected him to run well. Everybody thinks I should have been jumping up and down, but I really liked him going into the race. I know that sounds conceited, but it's true."

In other Belmont developments Wednesday:

* Request for Parole, who skipped the Preakness following a respectable fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, is a likely starter in the Belmont, trainer Steve Margolis said Wednesday.

"It looks like we're leaning that way," said Margolis, who trains Request for Parole for Sam and Jeri Knighton. "I'll tell you what - he's doing great. He came out of the Derby better than he did the Spiral," in which Request for Parole finished third.

As a second option, Margolis still is considering the $250,000 Jefferson Cup, a 1 1/8-mile turf race to be run at Churchill on Belmont Day. "I'll probably work him on the grass Tuesday," Margolis said. "That way we can see how he likes it, and we can always go back to the dirt [for a final pre-Belmont work]."

Margolis said Request for Parole's stalking style "is probably more conducive to the Belmont" than the Derby or Preakness. Robby Albarado, who rode the colt in the Derby, would have the mount in the Belmont, Margolis said.

* War Emblem was scheduled to return to the track at Churchill Downs on Thursday. As expected, he walked around the shed of Baffert's Churchill Downs barn again on Wednesday.

* The trainers of both One Tuff Fox and Tails of the Crypt have informed Belmont Park officials that their horses are no longer being considered for the Belmont, according to Andrew Byrnes, the stakes coordinator for the New York Racing Association.

- additional reporting by Marty McGee