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Howling Time, Ethereal Road Out Of Belmont

Howling Time wins the Street Sense at Churchill Downs.

Dale Romans trainee Howling Time will bypass this weekend's Belmont Stakes and will instead take aim at the Grade 3 Matt Winn, according to a tweet by the Daily Racing Form's Marty McGee.

Howling Time had been on the list of probable Belmont starters prior to his June 4 work at Churchill Downs. There, he covered four furlongs in :48.80, finishing 43 of 124 at the distance.

Howling Time most recently won an allowance optional claiming race at Churchill Downs impressively, drawing away by five lengths at the wire of the race over 1 1/16 miles.

Previously, he won the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill in his 2-year-old season, and finished off the board in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club, G2 Fountain of Youth and G3 Lexington.

Romans trains Howling Time for longtime client Albaugh Family Stables. He is the son of Not This Time and Arch mare Werewolf and was bred in Kentucky by Springhouse Farm.

Post positions will be drawn for the Belmont on June 7.

Ethereal Road out of Belmont with a quarter crack, report courtesy NYRA Press Office

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas reported on Monday morning that Aaron Sones' Ethereal Road will not make the trip for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets due to a quarter crack in his right front hoof.
The stakes-winning son of Quality Road was last seen winning the Sir Barton on Pimlico's Preakness undercard. Ethereal Road was scratched the day before the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby allowing subsequent upset winner Rich Strike to draw in.
“He popped a quarter crack. We'll soak it and get him better and look for another one,” Lukas said. “I really wanted to run him in [the Belmont Stakes], I thought that's the one he really fit. But the horse has the final say, so we'll have to skip it.”
Lukas mentioned the possibility of the Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby on June 25 at Thistledown as his next start, with the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on July 30 and the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 27 at Saratoga Race Course as long term goals.
“We'll look at the Ohio Derby, definitely the Jim Dandy and Travers will be on our radar,” Lukas said. “We'll bring him up to Saratoga, so we'll look at that.”
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