06/01/2002 11:00PM

Belmont Stakes workout report


ELMONT, N.Y. - Like A Hero and Proud Citizen, two runners who will challenge War Emblem in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, recorded workouts Sunday morning in preparation for the final leg of the Triple Crown. In addition, the prospective field for the race was reduced to 12, because trainer Craig Dollase has decided to not send Tracemark here from California.

Like A Hero worked at Belmont Park, where he traveled an easy half-mile in 49 seconds with exercise rider Andy Durnin.

"I wasn't looking for a lot. He just ran," trainer Beau Greely said. Like A Hero won the Alydar Stakes at Hollywood Park on May 23.

At Churchill Downs, Proud Citizen turned in his final workout for the Belmont. He was second in the Derby, and third after a wide trip in the Preakness. He was timed in 1:00 for five furlongs with his regular exercise rider, Stacey Maker.

Proud Citizen is trained by D. Wayne Lukas, who will be seeking his fifth Belmont victory.

War Emblem, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and will be seeking to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, is scheduled to have his final workout on Tuesday at Churchill Downs, before flying to New York on Wednesday.

Bella Bellucci, who is scheduled to run in Friday's Acorn Stakes, worked six furlongs at Aqueduct on Sunday morning, according to trainer Neil Drysdale. He said Bella Bellucci was timed in approximately 1:16, but Aqueduct's clockers did not have her on the work tab.