Updated on 09/16/2011 8:31AM

Four get final drills

War Emblem pauses during training hours on Monday morning at Churchill Downs. He was scheduled to ship to New York on Wednesday.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Sunday Break and Puzzlement, the first two finishers in the Peter Pan Stakes, Preakness runner-up Magic Weisner, and Artax Too, who figures to be the race's longest shot, all turned in their final workouts on Monday morning for Saturday's 134th Belmont Stakes, in which Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner War Emblem will attempt to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.

Sunday Break and Puzzlement worked at Belmont Park, Magic Weisner at Laurel, and Artax Too at Aqueduct. They are among 12 horses who are expected to be entered on Wednesday morning, when post positions will be determined for the Belmont. The Belmont has a conventional draw, in which posts are picked blindly, unlike those at the Derby and Preakness, in which a representative of each horse selects his post in the second stage of a two-step process.

The expected field was firmed up in the past two days. Tracemark, the runner-up in the Lone Star Derby, will bypass the race. In addition, two final riding assignments were determined. Bobby Frankel made official what had been expected, naming Kent Desormeaux to ride Medaglia d'Oro. And Jose Santos, who won the Belmont in 1999 with Lemon Drop Kid, was named as the rider on Artax Too, replacing Norberto Arroyo Jr.

War Emblem on Monday had a routine gallop at Churchill Downs with his regular exercise rider, Mick Jenner. Trainer Bob Baffert watched from the grandstand. "All good," Jenner said afterward. "All systems go."

War Emblem was scheduled to have his final Belmont workout on Tuesday morning. War Emblem is scheduled to fly to New York from Kentucky on Wednesday, on a charter that will include Belmont challengers Perfect Drift, Proud Citizen, and Wiseman's Ferry.

The track should be fast for the Belmont. It was gorgeous at Belmont Park on Monday, with a high temperature of 71, and a slight breeze. According to the National Weather Service, rain showers are forecast for Wednesday, and thunderstorms on Thursday, but the rain is expected to blow through Thursday night, leaving ideal conditions for Friday and Saturday. The forecast for Saturday's card is for a high of 74 degrees, with plenty of sun.

The Belmont purse is $1 million, but War Emblem stands to earn far more. A sweep of the Triple Crown is worth a $5 million bonus from Visa, the Triple Crown sponsor. Prince Ahmed Salman's The Thoroughbred Corporation owns 90 percent of War Emblem. Russell Reineman has the remaining 10 percent. No horse has swept the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

If 11 challengers face War Emblem, he will have met 40 rivals in the three Triple Crown races, which would be a record for a Triple Crown winner.

One of the leading threats to War Emblem could be Sunday Break, who figures to be anywhere from the second to fourth choice in the race. He worked at 5:45 Monday morning, with his regular exercise rider, Marcelino Olguin. Sunday Break was given an official clocking of 1:02.22 for five furlongs, though trainer Neil Drysdale said Sunday Break worked six furlongs, and galloped out an additional furlong.

"He was just breezing, six furlongs in 1:16, galloping out in 1:29," Drysdale said. "He just galloped around there. He's fit."

Sunday Break is coming back on just two weeks' rest, having won the Peter Pan on May 25. That was his first start since finishing third in the Wood Memorial on April 13. Sunday Break was in Kentucky for the Derby, but was excluded from the field - when more than 20 horses were entered - because of insufficient earnings in graded stakes races. Since then, according to Drysdale, Sunday Break has grown stronger, particularly in his back end.

"He's coming around really well," Drysdale said. "He's just developing. I would think he'd continue to improve during the rest of the year. The Peter Pan helped him along."

Koji Maeda, the Japanese businessman who owns Sunday Break, will be at the Belmont and thus see his colt race for the first time. Maeda came to the Derby, even though he knew Sunday Break might be excluded.

Puzzlement, who finished one length behind Sunday Break when second in the Peter Pan, worked 1 1/8 miles for trainer Allen Jerkens. Jerkens said he wanted to make sure Puzzlement was fit for the demanding 1 1/2 miles of the Belmont. Puzzlement was timed in 1:55.02 with jockey Jean-Luc Samyn aboard.

"We wanted to go the first three-quarters nice and easy and try to make him finish up the last three-eighths," Samyn said. "I pushed on him from the wire to the mile and three-eighths pole, and he did that perfectly. He was blowing the way you want to see a horse blow after a nice work like that."

Puzzlement wore blinkers to keep him focused on his task. Jerkens said he usually works Puzzlement in company, but he did not want to put another horse in his barn through a workout of that length. Puzzlement never has worn blinkers in any of his races, and he will not wear them in the Belmont.

Magic Weisner worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Laurel, his home base. His owner and trainer, Nancy Alberts, said Magic Weisner would be sent by van from Maryland on Friday.

Artax Too, a recent allowance winner at Belmont, also worked five furlongs. He was timed in 1:00.20 with Santos.

"I was very impressed with him," said Santos, who will be riding Artax Too for the first time. "He did it nice and easy. He's a big horse. He has a stride and a half in him. He's very rateable. He does what you want."

Sunday at Churchill Downs, Proud Citizen, who was second in the Derby and third in the Preakness, worked five furlongs in 1:00 with exercise rider Stacey Maker.

Also on Sunday, Like a Hero worked a half-mile at Belmont Park in 49 seconds with exercise rider Andy Durnin. Like a Hero most recently won the Alydar Stakes at Hollywood Park.

- additional reporting by David Grening, Karen M. Johnson, and Marty McGee