Derby Winner Mystik Dan To Ship To Saratoga, Decision On Belmont Awaits

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GI Kentucky Derby winner and GI Preakness S. runner up Mystik Dan (Goldencents) will ship to Saratoga but trainer Kenny McPeek has yet to make a decision on whether the colt will contest the third leg of the Triple Crown, the GI Belmont S.

“It's impossible to be disappointed about being involved with these kind of races and be competitive,” McPeek told assembled media at Pimlico Sunday morning. “One, they are hard races to get into, but to be competitive in them is a big deal. You just do your job and hope it's your turn.”

McPeek noted that, while his Derby winner will make the trip to Saratoga Monday, he would wait “a week, 10 days, two weeks” before thinking about the Belmont.

Meanwhile, Saturday's eighth-place finisher Mugatu (Blofeld) was reported to have displaced his pallet according to a social media post from trainer Jeff Engler. The full post reads: “Update on Mugatu. He obviously hates the slop and displaced his pallet and lost his air. So [Joe Bravo] did the right thing and protected him for us. Much thanks to Joe. He will be back soon and hopefully on a fast track with no slop!! Thank you [Preakness] for everything.”


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