Jungle Runner on Track for Belmont


Jungle Runner | Coady

Calumet Farm's homebred Jungle Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}) posted a half-mile breeze in :50.50 (12/15) over the Belmont training track Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's GI Belmont S. Winner of the Clever Trevor S. at Remington Park last November, the bay colt is coming off an eighth-place effort in the May 2 GI Arkanas Derby.

“It was a nice easy half in :50 and change,” said Toby Sheets, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. “He galloped out in a minute. Not a big gallop out, but we're very happy with it. He's doing well.”

Jungle Runner will provide 23-year-old Reylu Gutierrez, a native of Rochester, New York, with his first Belmont S. mount. A finalist for the Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice in 2018, Gutierrez earned his first graded stakes win in 2019 and has become a regular on the NYRA circuit.

Asmussen will also saddle Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pneumatic (Uncle Mo) in the Belmont. The 'TDN Rising Star' is coming off a third-place effort in the May 23 GIII Matt Winn S. He worked four furlongs in :51.60 (20/23) at Churchill Downs Monday.

“He has good form and I think he has a good shot in there,” Sheets said of the colt who was scheduled to arrive at Belmont Tuesday night.

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