06/05/2012 3:33PM

Belmont Park notes: Awesome Feather back in training

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Barbara D. Livingston
Awesome Feather was hampered by injury most of her 3-year-old year.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Awesome Feather, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2010 who is undefeated in nine career starts, has recently resumed training and will be pointed toward a late summer/fall campaign, trainer Chad Brown said Tuesday.

Awesome Feather was sidelined with an unspecified setback in March and resumed jogging at Saratoga only this week. The setback was not related to the tendon issue that sidelined Awesome Feather most of her 3-year-old season.

“She seems 100-percent healthy again,” Brown said. “Ideally, I’d like to get a race or two into her before the Breeders’ Cup [Ladies’ Classic], that’s our main goal. Those races are yet to be determined where and when.”

Awesome Feather has won all three of her starts for Brown, including the Grade 1 Gazelle last year and the Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream in January.

La Reine Lionne will miss Just a Game

Brown will have a busy Belmont Stakes Day with Street Life in the Belmont and Hardened Wildcat in the Woody Stephens. He will not, however, run La Reine Lionne in the Grade 1 Just a Game as he had planned.

“It seems like she pulled a muscle behind this morning behind, so I’m going to have to re-evaluate what I’m doing with her,” Brown said.

La Reine Lionne is coming off a third-place finish behind Hungry Island and Tapitsfly in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on Derby Day.

Brown said that he is giving Zagora, his Grade 1 winning turf mare a little freshening, with a focus on Saratoga and beyond.

Zagora won the Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico on Preakness Day.

Corporate Jungle may go to Shoemaker

One of Brown’s up-and-coming turf males, Corporate Jungle, could make his next start in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park on June 30. A second option is the Grade 3 Poker Handicap at Belmont on July 4.

Corporate Jungle, a son of Giant’s Causeway, has won three straight races, including the Grade 3 Appleton and, most recently, the listed Elkwood Stakes at Monmouth, in which he ran a mile in 1:32.70.

“I think he’s turned into one of the top milers in this country,” Brown said.

Brown said he is pointing Corporate Jungle to the $500,000 Fourstardave at Saratoga on Aug. 11.

“I have to determine if I want to put that long of a ship here and back for that race,” Brown said, referring to the ship to California

Special on I’ll Have Another airs Thursday

A special behind-the-scenes look at I’ll Have Another’s quest for the Triple Crown, “I’ll Have Another – Charging Toward History,” will air Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on the NBC Sports Network.

The half-hour show provides unseen footage of I’ll Have Another, along with Dullahan and Union Rags, considered two of his top rivals in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

The show will be reshown Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

It was produced by Brad and John Hennegan, best known for their outstanding documentary “The First Saturday in May,” which won an Eclipse Award.

Empire State Building lit for Belmont

The Empire State Building will be illuminated on Thursday night with a color-appropriate scheme to celebrate the quest of I’ll Have Another in the Belmont Stakes.

Both the north and south sides of the iconic building will be purple and white, the colors of the silks of Paul Reddam, the owner of I’ll Have Another. The east and west sides of the building will be in green and white, the colors used by Belmont Park.

Belmont charity celebration Thursday

A fund-raiser benefiting the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Backstretch Employee Service Team will be held Thursday night at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.

Co-hosted by the New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club, the fund-raiser will feature food from Stephen Starr Events, a leading restaurateur who operates the popular Buddakan and Morimoto restaurants in New York City. The evening will feature a special electric violin performance by renowned violinist Sarah Charness.

The Rubin Museum of Art is located at 150 West 17th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $175 per person. Information: (212) 521-5305.

– additional reporting by Jay Privman