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Five Key Takeaways from Belmont’s Stars & Stripes Festival

IMPRESSIVE RETURN: Code of Honor, competing for the first time because he was raised to second behind Country House when stewards disqualified Maximum Security for hindrance in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, claimed himself at the wide-open 3-year-old branch with an easy success in the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes. “I am excited for the rest for the summer,” said Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. “This was our game plan and, up to now, step one functioned ” The following step would use the July 27 Jim Dandy Stakes as a prep for the Aug. 24 Runhappy Travers Stakes. McGaughey is optimistic that his Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes winner could emerge as leader of this course. “I believe he’s like any of these,” he said. “He’s going to have to keep improving as we go along, but I think he will do that.” TIMELY BREAKTHROUGH: Though Henley’s Joy had been not able to break during his first six graded-stakes begins, such as a remote 13th-place end in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, owner Jeffrey Bloom and coach Mike Maker were convinced he belonged in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes. Their faith was rewarded when the Kitten’s Joy colt delivered at 20.80-1 in the opening leg of their Turf Trinity with Jose Lezcano aboard. “It is such a major race to win and it is so significant,” Bloom said. “But for this particular horse, he’s had the worst racing luck and he’s been so fair, so many rough trips. It was just so gratifying to see him have the ability to show everyone how talented he is.” PERFECT TIMING: Trainers. George”Rusty” Arnold was no different when he chose to point Concrete Rose toward the Grade 1, $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes following her emphatic victory in the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 3. He chose to forego a training race. “She is a slight filly. There is not a whole lot to her,” he explained. “I do not need to train down her nothing.” His willingness to back off was rewarded with a powerful win in the opening leg of their Turf Tiara. The Twirling Candy filly will not have too long for her next start’s luxury. Arnold is focused on the center leg of the Turf Tiara, the $750,000 Saratoga Oaks on Aug. 2 at 1??3/16 miles at Saratoga Race Course. “We’ll run in the next one, if there is no problem,” he explained. “it is a fantastic series. We wish to support it”

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