Following a seven-furlong work in 1:28.2 over a fast track at Calder Casino & Race Course Sunday morning, trainer Manny Azpurua confirmed that Korina Stable’s Ravelo’s Boy, last seen finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby, will make his next start in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes.
“He worked just the way I wanted him to,” Azpurua said. “He had a fast work a couple of days ago, so I wanted him to do things easy today. I was so pleased with the way he handled himself and the distance.
“For the first part of the work he was just going along nice and easy. But he finished strong. I got the last half in 48 and change. He had a good gallop-out and he came back to the barn in top shape.”
Jockey Alex Solis, who made a trip to south Florida to breeze Ravelo’s Boy, has secured the mount for the Belmont.
“After the work I spoke with Alex and he was really pleased with how the horse went,” Azpurua said. “And he will ride the horse for us in New York. We are happy to get him.”
Azpurua indicated that Ravelo’s Boy would likely work again at Calder on Sunday, June 3, and would board a van for New York the following day.
Bred in Kentucky by Stonewall Farm Stallions, Ravelo’s Boy was purchased for $12,000 at the 2010 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company August Yearling Sale by Gustavo Ravelo, principle owner of Korina Stable.
The son of Lawyer Ron, out of the stakes-placed mare Dance Tune, broke his maiden at Calder on August 27, 2011 before returning three months later to win an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on December 3.
The colt then made three straight stakes appearances, with his best result a 1 ¼-length defeat when fourth in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs on February 4.
POWER RULES WINS STARTER SERIES; COLLAZO TAKES $5,000 BONUS
Despite not winning a race in the inaugural Calder Starter Series, Power Rules was named the series winner following a second-place finish in Saturday’s fourth and final leg. That runner-up effort, combined with a second-place performance in leg three, gave the gelding 10 points for the series, enough to secure his spot atop the table.
As trainer of the series winner, Henry Collazo was awarded a $5,000 bonus following the race.
“There is no question the starter series was a success,” Racing Secretary Mike Anifantis said. “Those horses that participated will now go on and help fill our allowance and claiming races, and then later this year we may look to do something like this again.”
MEMORIAL DAY RACING AT CALDER
Calder will celebrate the Memorial Day holiday with a special Monday afternoon of live racing, headlined by the 38th running of the $75,000 Memorial Day Handicap. The 1 1/16-mile main track test will feature recent stakes winners Imperial Czar and Cash Rules, along with Grade 3 winner Where’s Sterling.
First race post time is 12:55 p.m., and the Memorial Day Handicap is scheduled for an approximate start at 4:04 p.m.
Calder is dark Tuesday and Wednesday, with live racing to return on Thursday, May 31.