J Boys Echo ‘Aggressive’ In Five Furlong Move Toward Belmont Stakes

Albaugh Family Stable's J Boys Echo, 15th in the $2,395,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 Saturday morning at Churchill Downs for a possible start in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) on Saturday, June 10.

“It was a very solid work,” trainer Dale Romans said. “He was aggressive into the bit and that's exactly what we wanted to see.”

J Boys Echo was ridden by regular exercise rider Tammy Fox and breezed in company with Reedinithrough fractions of :11.80, :23.80 and :48.20 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.

“It was good to see this type of move,” Romans said. “We want to see how he comes out of the breeze and then we'll make our decision on the Belmont and work out all of the logistics.”

Jason Loutsch of Albaugh Family Stable confirmed J Boys Echo's Belmont participation via Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

Robby Albarado, J Boy's Echo's regular jockey who has been sidelined with a broken left leg since April 23, was at Romans' Barn 4 to watch the breeze. Albarado, who was aboard for five of J Boys Echo's seven lifetime starts, including his victory in the Gotham (GIII), is expected to return to the saddle in the next two weeks.

Classic Empire, runner-up in the Preakness (GI) and fourth in the Kentucky Derby, jogged one mile Saturday morning at Churchill Downs and remains on target for the Belmont Stakes where he is expected to go favored.

The possible field for the 1 ½-mile Belmont Stakes (with jockeys): Classic Empire (Julien Leparoux),Conquest Mo Money, Epicharis (Jpn) (Christophe Lemaire), Gormley (Victor Espinoza), Irap (Mario Gutierrez), Irish War Cry (Rajiv Maragh), J Boys Echo, Lookin At Lee (Irad Ortiz Jr.), Meantime, Multiplier,Patch, Senior Investment (Channing Hill), Tapwrit (Jose Ortiz), True Timber and Twisted Tom (Javier Castellano).

 

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