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Mark Valeski might skip Belmont; Castellano takes over on Dullahan

  • Mark Valeski is still tired from the Peter Pan (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes winner Mark Valeski is "doubtful" to return for the Belmont, trainer Larry Jones told Daily Racing Form Monday.

"Mark's actually doing OK, but he got a little tired after the race," Jones said. "He doesn't have the same energy level.

"I'm not saying he's 100 percent out. But we may end up bypassing the Belmont and just waiting for the Dwyer (Grade 2 going 1 1/8 miles at Belmont Park June 30)."

Also on Monday, trainer Dale Romans told DRF that Javier Castellano will pick up the mount aboard Dullahan in the Belmont.

The jockey change comes after the colt's former rider, Kent Desormeaux, failed a breathalyzer test last Friday.

Dullahan, the only horse besides Hall of Famer Round Table to turn the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity/Blue Grass double at Keeneland, was most recently third in the Kentucky Derby.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.