05/27/2012 11:09AM

Belmont Stakes 2012: Ravelo's Boy gets green light to run in Belmont

Coady Photography Laura Villasana
Ravelo's Boy (outside), working alongside an unraced 2-year-old, turned in a solid seven-furlong breeze Sunday at Calder under Alex Solis.

MIAMI - Shortly after Ravelo’s Boy worked seven furlongs in 1:28.29 at Calder on Sunday with jockey Alex Solis aboard, trainer Manny Azpurua confirmed that his horse will run in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

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Ravelo’s Boy, who has not started since finishing a troubled fifth in the Tampa Bay Derby, came out after the renovation break and galloped 1 1/2 miles prior to turning around and breaking off at the seven-furlong pole.  Ravelo’s Boy completed his opening half-mile in 51.57 seconds before unexpectedly hooking in with an unraced 2-year-old named Vitameta from the barn of trainer David Fawkes at the three-furlong pole. The pair went in company to the wire, covering the last three-eighths in 36.82 with Ravelo’s Boy under some pressure to finish before galloping out a strong mile in 1:41.16.

“I’m very pleased with his work,” said Azpurua. “The rider did a great job, exactly what I instructed him to do, which was to slow him down early and get him to finish strong. He was able to control the horse and then when he saw that other filly he didn’t have to ask him to run, he did it all on his own and galloped out in a very good time.”

Sunday’s work was the third for Ravelo’s Boy over the past week. He also breezed five furlongs in 1:01 last Sunday and zipped a half mile in 46.60 on Thursday.    

“The owner watched the work with me and decided afterwards to go for the Belmont,” said Azpurua. “The horse is doing so well right now. The only concern I have is the mile and one half. His dam can go any distance but his father has sired a lot of fast horses that don’t show they can go long. But I loved the way he finished today, especially after galloping one and one half times around before the work.”

Ravelo’s Boy is a son of Lawyer Ron out of the French Deputy mare Dance Tune. He is owned by the Korina Stable. 

Azpurua said Ravelo’s Boy would work again at Calder next Sunday, and then ship to New York the following day with Solis to him ride in the Belmont.


Daphnie Black More than 1 year ago
I love watching horse races, so i have booked tickets for Belmont Stakes to watch them live from best seller GoodSeatTickets
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
I'm thinking I'll put a small wager on this guy since we share the same birthday except for the year and also because he's a great grandson of Lord Avie. :]
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
...for purely sentimental reasons, ya know? :)
raymond More than 1 year ago
The owner and trainer should be wearing a Nasal patch on the side of their head, I think they have water on the brain and the patch might help in drying up the water.
Gerald Sabo More than 1 year ago
Owner needs his head examined.
R. Martin More than 1 year ago
As an Andy Rooney clone, I, for one, love the cast of characters for this Belmont: Azpurua (sounds like a Rum brand to me); Baffert (debonair GQ paid spokesperson); Lukas ("I believe Optimizer is Legitimate agains these" when I'm high on wacky tobbaky); Wonder Drug Doug & Company planning a Facebook IPO like stud syndication for Nasal Wonderhorse; and then to top it all there is longshot trainer Doodnauth Shivmangal ("Should I call you Dood, or will Mr. Shiv be better?") distributing business cards on the infield amongst wealthy potential clients with the correct spelling of his super duper D-O-O-D-N-A-U-T-H S-H-I-V-M-A-N-G-A-L all-star name. If this isn't the funniest Belmont in History it at least comes close to SNL when it poked fun of Genius Sarah Palin shortly after she told us she could see Russia from her balcony in Alaska. This is great material for a new and improved SNL spoof. Imagine "look-alikes" of Sir Lukas, Dandy Bob, Droug O., Oz Purua, and the genial Dood-Shiv discussing the 2012 Belmont. It would be a riot!
Bwell More than 1 year ago
Solis terrific, maybe he can waste his mount preventing another triple crown winner. See '04 Belmont.
Panama Stallion More than 1 year ago
What are you talking about? Solis didn't even ride in the 2004 Belmont. Want to enlighten us?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerry Bailey could enlighten you.
Panama Stallion More than 1 year ago
Let me call him up. I think his number is on my speed dial, but if it isn't could you go ahead and explain it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solis...Rock Hard Ten, Bailey...Eddington. Both horses were spent at one mile, by pushing the issue. It's been speculated Solis and Bailey sacrificed RHT and E to deny Smarty Jones/Stewart Elliott the Triple Crown. Watch a replay.
MR More than 1 year ago
Good luck. He'll finish nowhere.
LamarH More than 1 year ago
He may finish sometime the Sunday after... This trainer sounds like an idiot. Three hard works in a week? It looks like he is trying to say "look at how old school I am", meanwhile killing the horse. If the horse is not fit, cramming in works in a short span will only get the horse injured.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Tell it to Jacobson...
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
What if Ravelo's Boy is somewhat like Secretariat in that the more he runs the better he gets? Who's to say? He may also be a high-energy horse and needs the workouts to settle. Why take the negative route in looking at these things? If the horse folds up badly, we'll know the trainer is to blame. THEN he can be tarred and feathered. mho
LamarH More than 1 year ago
You're right of course. I am actually no one to say. I don't train horses and this guy does it for a living so he should know better than I do. It just looks like he is rushing to get him fit when he should be fit already at this point if he is going in the Belmont. If he is trying to get him built up for the distance, fewer - but longer works would seem to be the best way to go. I just hate to see owners/trainers get the fever so bad they don't consider the horse (see Trinniberg). If this horse finishes within 10 lengths of the lead, I will come back here and apologize profusely : )
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
:D Well said. I agree about 'the fever.'