05/13/2013 5:04PM

Belmont Park: Vyjack may try turf

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Barbara D. Livingston
Vyjack’s owner said all options are open for the horse – including the Belmont Stakes.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Vyjack, the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes winner and 18th-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, was withdrawn from consideration from Saturday’s Preakness Stakes for a summer campaign that could include the turf, owner David Wilkenfeld said.

Wilkenfeld said that Vyjack lost some weight out of the Derby, which is why he and trainer Rudy Rodriguez opted to skip the Preakness.

Wilkenfeld said all options are open for Vyjack – including the Belmont Stakes – but he also indicated that he would like to try the gelding on the grass at some point.

“I think he’s a nice horse. If we do right by him, he’ll do right by us,” Wilkenfeld said. “I do very much want to try him on the turf. They last longer if they run on the turf.”