06/01/2011 10:32AM

Belmont Stakes: Brilliant Speed finishes well in workout


Brilliant Speed, who finished a deceptively close seventh in the Kentucky Derby, remained on course for a start in the June 11 Belmont Stakes with a five-furlong work in 1:03.11 on a humid Wednesday morning at Belmont Park.

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“He went good,” his trainer, Tom Albertrani, said by telephone. “He broke off a little slow, but he finished up well. We weren’t looking for much.”

Brilliant Speed closed from 16th in the 19-horse Derby to seventh, beaten just 5 1/2 lengths by the victorious Animal Kingdom. Brilliant Speed was then kept out of the Preakness to point for the Belmont, the final leg of the Triple Crown.

“I thought he ran well in the Derby,” Albertrani said. “He didn’t have a dream trip. He got pinched back early on, then came with his run. I thought it was a good race overall.”

Joel Rosario, who rode Brilliant Speed in the Derby and to his victory in the Blue Grass Stakes, will be back aboard for the Belmont, Albertrani said.