06/03/2013 12:00PM

Belmont Stakes workouts: Vyjack, Giant Finish have works postponed by rain

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Barbara D. Livingston
Vyjack, under trainer Rudy Rodriguez, galloped an easy 1 1/4 miles in the slop Monday at Belmont Park and was scheduled to have his final breeze for Saturday's Belmont Stakes on Tuesday.

ELMONT PARK, N.Y. – Rain, at times extremely heavy, turned what was already expected to be a quiet morning into an even quieter one at Belmont Park for the 11 prospective Belmont Stakes starters on the grounds here Monday.

Monday at Belmont Park
67 degrees, raining, sloppy

Giant Finish, who arrived from the Fair Hill training center Sunday, and Vyjack were scheduled to work after the break Monday. But overnight rains had all but canceled those plans even before downpours soaked the main track just as it re-opened following the renovation break at 8:45 a.m.

Vyjack did finally make it out to train about a half-hour later, once the heaviest of the rain had subsided. With the track a mess by that time, trainer Rudy Rodriguez, who also gallops Vyjack, opted to keep his horse on the outside fence on what appeared to be the better footing.

Vyjack galloped a very easy 1 1/4 miles going clockwise, or the wrong way, from the finish line around to the clubhouse turn.

Vyjack and Giant Finish were scheduled to try to get their final Belmont works in Tuesday.

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martha More than 1 year ago
Vyjack will be in the mix at the end of the race. Using him with Orb, Revolutionary, the filly and Robby Albarado! Go ponies
Paul Tuel Jr More than 1 year ago
You guys are forgetting a VERY important fact....."super drugs" Rodriquez was under 24hr surveillance at Churchill-Vyjack was jonesin' for the good stuff. Now they're back home and not under such scrutiny and watch how amazingly improved Vyjack is-even on a sloppy track........
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
You are wrong. All entered horses will be under very tight security similar to last year, beginning Wednesday. Vyjack was not 100% for the Derby and figures to run better.
Chris Brooks More than 1 year ago
Vyjack has a legit shot. The derby is an absolute toss for him. Thank god Chug is running that joke of a superhorse Orb. There will be nice prices for everyone else. With another otb finish for Orb, then the media can shut up about their golden horse.
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
Obviously you must have lost money cuz of him. First time i heard the derby winner called a joke. Think your the joke.
Jason Kassa More than 1 year ago
What a nice photo by Barbara D. Livingston up there ^^. Nice picture of Vyjack. It reminds me of the Man O' War photo on the Man O' War Wikipedia page.
Jason Kassa More than 1 year ago
Nice big horse. Closed in the Gotham. Challenged Verrazano in the Wood, beaten a length. Very Wide & Very Fast early into the teeth of that Derby pace.
philcoforde More than 1 year ago
He was sharp in the pp, kicked the outer rail, GoGo let him run off and he was up the track...hope someone else gets the call for the Belmont.
philcoforde More than 1 year ago
Love Vyjack...F*CK the haters
morton erskine More than 1 year ago
Vyjack in the Belmont? Rudy...wake up and get this guy to Finger Lakes sap!
Vincent Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Morton, Vyjack is a very nice horse. Finger Lakes will have to wait.
morton erskine More than 1 year ago
The gelding is ill bred and is headed for the claiming ranks!
iknownothing114 More than 1 year ago
Claimers
Rich Dennis More than 1 year ago
No respect for Vyjack is a mistake - though not my top pick - as his 18th in the Derby is a throw-out, yet his previous 4 races were all speeds in the 90's, a 3rd in the G1 Wood (and apparently "sick" in post race diagnosis), with only 1 length back of the winner, and 2 wins in the G3 Gotham & G2 Jerome. A dangerous horse worthy of a spot in the exotics.
iknownothing114 More than 1 year ago
Rudy need to stick to the climers
Dennis Johnson More than 1 year ago
iknownothing - Rudy Came From Richard Dutrow
Laura Buenaventura More than 1 year ago
Do They ever look at the Weather Channel--Knowing the New York forecast for rain I certainly would have worked Sunday like about 8 other prospective entries--these two have no chance at all and inept training only adds to them filling one 9-14 slots at the finish.It is always better to work a day further out than a day or two closer to the race-Have no idea what they could be thinking-probably can not work tomorrow eitherGOOD LUCK
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
I hope you don't plan your life around Weather(people)......They are wrong about 95% of the time......Just about like me when I bet
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
no..rudy was busy figuring out what oats to give vyjack on the ride over from aqueduct.
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
Again, you have NO idea what happens when a horse ships on race day...or any day for that matter. Why don't you give it a rest? Why the hell would any cheater put stuff in a horse's oats on a van that isn't even being watched over. Just another ignorant comment.
robert More than 1 year ago
ray has some good insight and comments on the rudy subject matter and dont you and your husband have horses in training with rudy?
Dennis Johnson More than 1 year ago
Laura - Lots Of Trainers Scared To Work Their Horses In The Slop - What Happens If The 2013 Belmont Stakes Comes Up Sloppy (Sealed) Racetrack
robert More than 1 year ago
rudy had to get rid of comcast cable to save for his legal defense