The runners from the June 7 Belmont Stakes were resting well, their trainers looking on to future goals for the summer as the Triple Crown season concluded June 7.
Denis of Cork, second in the Belmont, was in good shape following a rally from sixth down the stretch that put him 5 ¼ lengths back behind wire-to-wire winner Da’ Tara.
“He’s a bit tired, and it was extremely hot yesterday, but he’s doing well,” trainer David Carroll said.
Denis of Cork will be joined on his flight back to Kentucky early June 9 by fellow Belmont contender Macho Again. Carroll and trainer Dallas Stewart are both based at Churchill Downs.
“I was very pleased by his effort (in the Belmont), but without someone else joining the early pace, it was just too much for us to close on the winner,” Carroll said. “He has the (Aug. 23) Travers Stakes as a major goal this summer. He belongs in the major races, and there’s a big win in him that will come out.”
Trainer Todd Pletcher was pleased with the appearance of Lets Go Stable’s Ready’s Echo, who closed to finish in a dead heat for third with Anak Nakal in his first grade I attempt.
“He came out of the race well,” Pletcher said. “I thought our horse ran a good race. We were pleased with his effort. Right now, it’s too early to tell where he will go from here.”
Stewart said Macho Again, his fifth-place finisher, was also doing well.
“He came back fine and ran well,” Stewart said. “The distance was just more than he wanted.”
There are no definite plans at this time for Macho Again’s summer campaign. Stewart indicated he would return to Churchill Downs and then determine a schedule of upcoming races for the son of Macho Uno.