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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.

Los Alamitos Futurity Added to 2014-15 'Road to the Kentucky Derby' Series

The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (Grade I) has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” The series of 35 select races – 19 “Prep Season” races and 16 “Championship Series” races – will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby.

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

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