Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will stable up to 20 horses in New York this spring/summer under the care of assistant trainer Don Chatlos.
The first three Hollendorfer trainees – Brill, Rowayton and Oggonis, owned by Larry Best's OXO Equine – arrived at Belmont Park on Saturday and the veteran conditioner said he hopes to fill 20 stalls.
“We're aiming for that kind of number. Most of the horses that we'll be bringing are already on the East Coast,” said Hollendorfer. “We've been asked by a client or two to consider having horses in New York this summer, so we're trying to accommodate those clients' wishes.”
The multiple graded stakes placed Brill finished fourth last out in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan. Hollendorfer said the Grade 1, $700,000 Acorn, set for Belmont Stakes Day, June 8, is under consideration for the Medaglia d'Oro bay.
“It's possible, but nothing that we've discussed has been decided yet,” said Hollendorfer.
Rowayton, a 3-year-old son of Into Mischief, graduated at first asking at Del Mar ahead of a good second in the G1 Del Mar Futurity won by Game Winner. He arrives at Belmont from a fifth-place finish in an optional claiming tilt at Oaklawn.
Oggonis, by Animal Kingdom, commanded $750,000 at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale. The 3-year-old colt graduated at first asking on March 29 at Santa Anita, but finished off-the-board in his return effort on May 4.
Rowayton and Oggonis breezed on the Belmont main on Wednesday morning, covering five furlongs in 59.87 seconds.
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