All eyes, well most
eyes, will be glued to post 11 for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes - that’s where
I’ll Have Another will break from as he goes for the Triple Crown. But one stall to his outside will be My
Adonis, and Monmouth Park-based trainer Kelly John Breen will have his eyes
focused on him as the 3-year-old colt looks to give the 43-year-old trainer
back-to-back upsets in Saturday’s Classic.
“We’re just trying to repeat what we
did last year,” said Breen, who conditioned Ruler On Ice to a 24-1 victory in
last year’s Belmont Stakes. “I like
being on the outside. In a race like
this, post position doesn’t really come into play.”
My Adonis, a colt by Pleasantly
Perfect, broke his maiden at Monmouth last September, drawing off in the mud to
a nearly five-length score. He followed
that up with a stakes win at Delta Downs.
This season, the George and Lori
Hall color bearer was third in the Holy Bull (G3), second in the Gotham (G3)
and most recently third, beaten just a half-length in the Canonero II Stakes at
Pimlico on May 5.
While he’s shown versatility in his
running style, Breen was not offering any indication what we can expect from My
Adonis come Saturday.
“We’ll all sit down and talk about
it,” said Breen. “The Halls, myself,
Ramon (jockey Dominguez) will get together and discuss the best course of
As for last year’s Belmont Stakes
winner, Breen said the Breeders’ Cup Classic is the ultimate goal this year for
his now 4-year-old gelding by Roman Ruler. “We’ll let him tell us when
he’s ready,” the trainer said. “He
worked well last Sunday (3 furlongs in :36 flat at Monmouth). There’s no race picked out for him, no
definitive plan, we’ll just wait until he’s says he’s ready.”
Ruler On Ice was third in last
year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, earning $495,000 in the process. He’s made one start in 2012, an eighth-place
finish in the Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream
Park on February 11.