05/27/2012 10:09AM

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

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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.