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Belmont Park: Vyjack may try turf
ELMONT, N.Y. - Vyjack, the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes winner and 18th-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, was withdrawn from consideration from Saturday’s Preakness Stakes for a summer campaign that could include the turf, owner David Wilkenfeld said.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.”
He has distance limitations. His Tomlinson number was 230 for the Derby. Into Mischief, his sire , is also Goldencents sire and his distance number for the derby was 171.
Did Gomez even sit on this BEAST before the Derby ? I know he was sharp in the pp and maybe that work 2 days out made him sharper, but that was a brutal ride by GoGo. I LOVE THIS HORSE and that was a huge letdown. Hope for better whenever and wherever the resurfaces.
Rudy could not duplicate the 'success' of his mentor, Richard Dutrow, from the 20 hole at Churchill, so now its back to the drawing board turf or otherwise. At least Vyjack won't suffer the ignominy of pulling up in the Preakness or Belmont like Big Brown.
he should have a better chance without any cameras on him.
Best of luck David.....we are rooting for you. GC will carry the Into mischief breeding in the Preakness
I thought Vyjack was still out there trying to finish the Derby?
He's screaming for a mile. Someone needs to talk Wilkenfeld out of the Belmont right quick. Vyjack's a nice one but he isn't a Classic distance horse, let alone 12f.
Something definitely went wrong with this horse...he reads like a xlnt coming 3 year old..Check him out head to toe and give him time.................
To you younger handicappers who don't seem to know better, Vyjack is bred to turf top and bottom....Halo and Hail To Reason on top, not to mention Exclusive Native, Icecapade and Neartic....forget the tomlinsens folks, no wonder people don't like betting turf.......They haven't a clue.....I wrote on another thread a day or two ago I would love to see Vyjack on turf.....now you know why.......smart move.
There goes my 12-1 Preakness backup pick 4. Orb has Goldencents and Itsmyluckyday to beat......se ya June 8th !
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