07/10/2013 4:01PM

Belmont Park: Data Link improving

Barbara D. Livingston
After finishing fourth in the Poker, Data Link was found to be “a little bit funny in his back right, nothing significant,” said his trainer, Shug McGaughey.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Shug McGaughey said Data Link seems to be improving after showing some negative signs in his right hind leg shortly after his fourth-place finish as the 3-5 favorite in the Poker Stakes on July 4.

At Fair Hill in Maryland to watch Kentucky Derby winner Orb breeze, McGaughey also watched Data Link jog over the dirt surface.

“Today I thought he was pretty good, not altogether perfect, but I feel like he’s getting better,” McGaughey said. “He was a little bit funny in his back right, nothing significant. Maybe he just pulled something.”

It remains to be seen if Data Link can make the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave at Saratoga on Aug. 10.