Belmont: J Boys Echo, Multiplier, Gormley Put In Final Works

A trio of Belmont Stakes probables turned in their final breezes on Saturday morning across the country. J Boys Echo worked five furlongs in 1:00 flat at Churchill Downs, Multiplier worked a half in :48.60 at Keeneland, and Gormley breezed seven furlongs in 1:25.60 at Santa Anita, according to drf.com.

Albaugh Family Stables' J Boys Echo, Gotham (Grade III) winner and, most recently, 15th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), breezed five furlongs in1:00 Saturday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for a start in the June 10 Belmont Stakes (GI).

“I think this is the best he's ever worked,” trainer Dale Romans said. “He's been training great and will ship to New York Tuesday morning.”

J Boys Echo, ridden by regular exercise rider Tammy Fox, breezed in company with Reedini (inside), with jockey Robby Albarado up, through splits of :23 and :47.40 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.80.

Albarado was confirmed to ride J Boys Echo in the Belmont Stakes by Albaugh Family Stables' Racing Manager Jason Loutsch on Saturday via Twitter.

“I'm part of Dale's team,” Albarado said. “I certainly wouldn't want to hurt the team. So, if my body's ready, I'm excited to ride the horse.”

Albarado is scheduled to ride two horses on Thursday's card at Churchill Downs – his first mounts since he fractured his left leg in a spill at Keeneland on April 23. The Louisiana-native was scheduled to ride J Boys Echo in the Kentucky Derby prior to his injury.

Along with J Boys Echo, likely Belmont Stakes favorite, Classic Empire will fly to Belmont Park on Tuesday morning.

Brendan Walsh worked Illinois Derby winner Multiplier in company with stablemate War Union. The son of The Factor most recently finished sixth in the Preakness Stakes.

Gormley worked solo for the first time, according to trainer John Shirreffs, and wore blinkers to keep him focused during the breeze. The son of Malibu Moon was ridden by regular jockey Victor Espinoza.

More to come.

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