02/21/2011 5:23PM

Drosselmeyer resumes training following illness

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Barbara D. Livingston
Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer has recovered from a virus and is still under consideration for next month's Dubai World Cup.

Trainer Bill Mott reports that 2010 Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer is back at the track after missing nearly a week’s training and a prospective start in last weekend’s Mineshaft at Fair Grounds after contracting a virus earlier this month.

Drosselmeyer has not started since beating Fly Down by three-quarters of a length in the Belmont. He started five times at 3. Drosselmeyer was also second in the Grade 2 Dwyer and third in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. Mott had hoped to use the Mineshaft as a springboard to next month’s Dubai World Cup.

“He had a little fever and was a little depressed for a couple of days, but he’s bounced right back and is full of himself now,” said Mott. “Right now we’re basically starting over with him and I’ve contacted the Dubai World Cup people and told them we are going to reassess the situation in another week.”