Updated on 09/17/2011 10:39AM

Tullock tries Flash again


ELMONT, N.Y. - The Flash Stakes has been bittersweet for trainer Tim Tullock.

In 2001, Tullock won the race with Buster's Daydream. Last year, he ran Renegade Warrior, the favorite, who suffered a leg fracture at the five-sixteenths pole and was euthanized.

On Friday at Belmont Park, Tullock will saddle Juventus in the $100,000-added Flash, a five-furlong race for 2-year-olds. Six colts and geldings were entered in the Grade 3 Flash, including the Todd Pletcher-trained entry of Chapel Royal and Korsakoff. All runners carry 114 pounds.

Tullock bought Juventus for $75,000 in February at the Ocala Breeders' sale for Aldie Germania Farms. In his only start, Juventus, a son of Mazel Trick, won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Aqueduct on May 1. Juventus stalked the early pace and was a three-quarter-length winner.

"He is a big, strong colt, and he looked like he would be early," Tullock said. "He trained okay before his first race, but I think the heat of the battle of the race is what woke him up."

Javier Castellano rides Juventus, who drew post 2.

The horse to beat is Chapel Royal, a son of Montbrook who was bought for $1.2 million by Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith at the same Ocala sale at which Juventus was acquired. Chapel Royal won his only start by 9 1/4 lengths, dominating six rivals in a five-furlong race at Belmont on May 15. He earned a solid Beyer Speed Figure of 81.

"He drew the outside and broke away from the field at the start," Pletcher said. "He gathered himself and put himself into the race quickly. If a horse had been outside of him, he would have been fine."

Chapel Royal drew post 4 and will be ridden by John Velazquez, who teamed with Pletcher to win the Flash in 1999 with More Than Ready.

Pletcher said it was unlikely that Korsakoff would run. He was entered as insurance if Chapel Royal were unable to start.

D. Wayne Lukas, who won the Flash in 2000 with Yonaguska, will saddle Hasslefree, an easy winner of a Keeneland maiden race on April 24.

Exploit Lad and Mighty Awesome complete the field.

Guarantees offered on pick four, six

Belmont Park will offer a $1 million guaranteed pick six and a $500,000 guaranteed pick four on Saturday, with both wagers incorporating the Belmont Stakes.

The pick six will start with race 6, which has a post time of 3:12 p.m. Eastern, and run through race 11, the Belmont Stakes. All six races in the bet are stakes. With the guarantee, Belmont is promising that the payout will be based on at least $1 million in handle.

The $500,000 pick four will begin with race 8, the Just a Game Breeders' Cup Stakes at 4:33 p.m. Eastern, and also will run to the Belmont. Last year on Belmont Stakes Day, Belmont Park set a record for handle on the guaranteed pick four when $1,006,869 was wagered.

"We could have made [the guarantee] $1 million, but we kept it at $500,000 because we just wanted to say that this will be a big bet," said Bill Nader, NYRA's senior vice president. "There's no real risk."

The track is also offering a special double linking Friday's Acorn Stakes with the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. The other Triple Crown tracks, Churchill Downs and Pimlico Race Course, have also offered doubles on Friday stakes races linked to the next day's Triple Crown races.

All 13 races scheduled for Belmont Day will offer win, place, and show wagering, plus exacta and trifecta betting. Doubles will be offered on races 1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 11-12, and 12-13, and quinellas will be offered on races 2 and 4. Rolling pick threes will begin with the first race and carry through the entire card.

Belmont had planned to offer two superfecta bets, but a superfecta in the Belmont Stakes had to be canceled because defections from the field during the week left only six runners.

New York racing law allows superfectas only on races with eight or more horses. As a result, the only superfecta remaining on the card is in the 13th race.

The six horses entered in the Belmont on Wednesday made up the smallest field in the race since 1994. With the small field, Belmont Park will be hard-pressed to break the record for handle on the race, set in 2002, when $54,503,406 was bet.

The entire Belmont card last year set a record for handle when the 13 races drew $95,443,037 in wagers.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for big day

Belmont will begin allowing people in the doors on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, and first post will be noon.

Post time for the Belmont itself will be 6:38 p.m. Eastern, and the scheduled post time for the 13th and last race of the day will be 7:52.

Patrons will be allowed to bring coolers into the track, but only through two entrances - at the paddock gate and the west end entrance, near the train station. Coolers will be allowed only in the grandstand picnic area and on the track apron, however. All coolers and backpacks will be subject to search, and glass containers will be prohibited.

The track is expecting a crowd of at least 100,000 people on Saturday. Belmont officials are urging patrons to use public transit, and the Long Island Rail Road is adding Belmont Park trains to its normal Saturday schedule.

The trains deposit riders at the west end of the grandstand and leave from the same point.

Although reserved seats are sold out, walk-up admission will be allowed. Grandstand admission is $2, and clubhouse tickets are $5.

* Even with the defection of Best Minister - which reduced the Belmont field to six - trainer Scott Schwartz was not tempted to pay the $100,000 supplemental fee to run Peter Pan winner Go Rockin' Robin in the Belmont. Instead, Schwartz will point the New York-bred Go Rockin' Robin to the $300,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown on June 21.

* On Friday, Broadway will come to Belmont Park as part of the Belmont Stakes Festival. For the past several years, Broadway singers from the hottest shows have performed in between races on the eve of the Belmont Stakes.

This year's performers include Joe Machota from "Mamma Mia," Sharon Scruggs of "Thoroughly Modern Millie," David De Vries from "Beauty and the Beast," and Michael Cavanaugh of "Movin' Out."

* After the races on Friday, the neighboring towns of Floral Park and Garden City will hold Belmont Stakes street festivals.

Garden City's festival, which begins at 6 p.m. and runs through 11, features a parade at 7 with the Budweiser Clydesdales. There also will be a hat contest, musical entertainment, and a marching-band competition. Floral Park's festivities get under way at 4 p.m. and feature six hours of family fun, including clowns, music, face painting, and food.

* Steve Cauthen, who rode Affirmed to win the Triple Crown in 1978, will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.

- additional reporting by David Grening and Matt Hegarty