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Ravelo's Boy clocks seven furlongs, confirmed for Belmont
Following a seven-furlong work in 1:28 1/5 over a fast track at Calder Sunday morning, trainer Manny Azpurua confirmed that Korina Stable's Ravelo's Boy will make his next start in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.
"He worked just the way I wanted him to," Azpurua said. "He had a fast work a couple of days ago, so I wanted him to do things easy today. I was so pleased with the way he handled himself and the distance.
For the first part of the work he was just going along nice and easy. But he finished strong. I got the last half in :48 and change. He had a good gallop-out and he came back to the barn in top shape."
Jockey Alex Solis, who made a trip to south Florida to breeze Ravelo's Boy, has secured the mount for the Belmont.
"After the work I spoke with Alex and he was really pleased with how the horse went," Azpurua said. "And he will ride the horse for us in New York. We are happy to get him."
Azpurua indicated that Ravelo's Boy would likely work again at Calder on June 3 and would board a van for New York the following day.
"If everything keeps going the way it has been, if we keep going along good, we'll be there and we'll see what we can do," the trainer said.
Bred in Kentucky by Stonewall Farm Stallions, Ravelo's Boy was purchased for $12,000 at the 2010 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company August Yearling Sale by Gustavo Ravelo, principle owner of Korina Stable.
The son of Lawyer Ron, out of the stakes-placed French Deputy mare Dance Tune, broke his maiden at Calder last August before returning three months later to win an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on December 3.
The colt then made three straight stakes appearances, with his best result a 1 1/4-length defeat when fourth in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs on February 4. He was last seen finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 10.