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May 29, 2015

Mubtaahij works for Belmont Stakes


Elmont, NY ( - Mubtaahij, 8th in the Kentucky Derby, had a three-furlong workout Wednesday morning at Belmont Park in preparation for the 147th Belmont Stakes on June 6.

Trained by Mike de Kock, Mubtaahij covered the three furlongs in 38.05 seconds on a fast Belmont Park main track. The 3-year-old is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum and will be ridden in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont by Irad Ortiz Jr. after having Christophe Soumillon in the saddle for the Run for the Roses.

Mubtaahij won the UAE Derby on March 28 prior to the Run for the Roses.

The Belmont Stakes currently has a possible 10-horse field: American Pharoah (jockey Victor Espinoza, trainer Bob Baffert); Carpe Diem (undecided, Todd Pletcher); Conquest Curlinate (Shaun Bridgmohan, Mark Casse); Frammento (Mike Smith, Nick Zito); Frosted (Joel Rosario, Kiaran McLaughlin); Keen Ice (Kent Desormeaux, Dale Romans); Madefromlucky (undecided, Todd Pletcher); Materiality (undecided, Todd Pletcher); Mubtaahij (Irad Ortiz Jr., Mike de Kock) and Tale of Verve (Gary Stevens, Dallas Stewart).

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