06/03/2013 5:21PM

Belmont Park: Declan’s Warrior to enter Woody Stephens

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Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Declan’s Warrior is 4 for 5 overall and 2 for 2 at Belmont.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Nick Zito is taking it day by day with his talented sprinter Declan’s Warrior, and as of Monday he was planning to enter the 3-year-old in Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Woody Stephens.

After Declan’s Warrior ran very hard and very fast in winning the Gygistar Stakes on May 22, Zito said he might skip the Woody Stephens because it came back in just 17 days and he might considering stretching Declan’s Warrior, a son of Majestic Warrior, out in the Dwyer on July 6.

“I wish we had a bit more time, but the horse has responded beautifully,” said Zito, who worked Declan’s Warrior a half-mile in 48.44 seconds Saturday at Saratoga. “He’s been acting real sharp. His breeze was as nice and as easy as you can have. The Woody Stephens is a prestigious race, and it’s up his alley. As I talk to you today, I will enter and then make a decision.”

Declan’s Warrior is 4 for 5 overall and 2 for 2 at Belmont. On April 6, he won the Grade 3 Bay Shore by a head over Clearly Now. On May 22, he won the Gygistar by a neck over Tenango, completing seven furlongs in 1:20.85 and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 93.

The Woody Stephens is shaping up as a terrific race with a large field. Others expected to enter are Capo Bastone, Clearly Now, Forty Tales, Honorable Dillon, Let Em Shine, Merit Man, Retreive, Salutos Amigos, Tenango, and Trinni Heart.

Joel More than 1 year ago
This will be all Let Em Shine - little-known connections may allow for upwards of 3-1, and the horse has sustainable SoCal speed...
Jason Landman More than 1 year ago
Horse ran a 111 last time, no way you get 3-1, 3/2 tops.
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
SoCal speed don't surf on Big Sandy, especially wet sand.
Jason Landman More than 1 year ago
Disagree, there have been numerous SoCal shippers to win @Belmont on off tracks. #speedkills
Dave More than 1 year ago
Another terrific field shaping up!
Jason Landman More than 1 year ago
Take 6/5 on Let Em Shine, single him on your pick 3's, 4's, 6's, or 12's and move on.
kev More than 1 year ago
you still like him on a wet track?
Jason Landman More than 1 year ago
Breeding top and bottom says an off track shouldn't hinder him whatsoever. Songandaprayer out of a Johannesburg (whose by Hennesy) mare. 7f on an off track may be his wheelhouse.