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Wicked Strong Works for Stamina At Belmont

Wicked Strong in morning training at Belmont Park on May 25.

Looking to put additional stamina into Grade 1 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong, trainer Jimmy Jerkens had the colt breeze one mile on Sunday with exercise rider Kelvin Pahal aboard.

Wicked Strong, who started and finished at the half-mile pole on the Belmont training track, completed one mile in 1:39.59 and galloped out 1 1/8 miles in 1:55.22.

“I thought it was good. A nice, good stamina work,” said Jerkens, who trains the son of Hard Spun Centennial Farm.

Jerkens had Wicked Strong breeze seven furlongs 10 days before the Wood Memorial and eight days before his fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. The colt also blew out two days before the Wood and two days before the Derby. He returned to the worktab last week for the first time since the Derby by turning in a 1:01.84 five-furlong breeze on the training track.

The trainer added that Wicked Strong will work again next weekend and then could have a blow out the week of the Belmont Stakes.

“It's what got him here, so we figured we wouldn't change the format,” said Jerkens. “He worked last week; he worked faster than I wanted. He was a little too edgy [last week], so we decided we'd keep him [on the training track] and work him two turns just to simmer him down a little bit. He worked [on the training track last week], but he was really on the muscle. If you're on the muscle [on the training track] you'll be doubly on the muscle [on the main track]. He went nice and easy the first part and finished up nicely [today], I thought.”

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