Trainer Todd Pletcher is getting a patient approach to getting a new rider for Belmont Stakes Offered by NYRA Bets (G1) starter Recognised Agenda adhering to an damage to jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.
Pletcher mentioned June 4 that he will hold out until the early morning of the June 5 Belmont to name a replacement for Ortiz, just in situation there are past-minute defections from the last leg of the Triple Crown and other options become out there.
Ortiz, the Eclipse Award winner the last three decades, will be sidelined an estimated two weeks just after he was unseated in the fifth race at Belmont Park June 3.
St. Elias Stable’s Identified Agenda, winner of the Curlin Florida Derby Offered by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms at Xalapa (G1) and ninth in the Kentucky Derby Offered by Woodford Reserve (G1), was ridden by Ortiz in his final a few starts He has also been ridden by John Velazquez (Rombauer ) and Kendrick Carmouche (Bourbonic ), who already have mounts in the Belmont Stakes.
Pletcher also explained Spendthrift Farms’ Following Sea arrived out of an impressive 6 1/2-length victory in a Thursday allowance race at Belmont Park in superior ailment. He mentioned the July 5 one-mile Dwyer Stakes (G3) at Belmont as a very likely focus on for the son of Runhappy but additional the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) July 17 at Monmouth Park could also be a risk.
Thursday’s race was the 3-year-old’s first race for Pletcher soon after Spendthrift moved him from coach Bob Baffert’s barn.