As per usual, Koji Maeda's Lani was out bright and early at 6:30 this morning, and the Japanese invader completed four circuits of Belmont's main track while either galloping, jogging or walking at various intervals.
After being led back to Barn 6, Lani was examined by Dr. Scott Palmer, the Executive Medical Director for New York State Gaming and Racing Commission, and pronounced good to go for Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
“He's ready,” said trainer Mikio Matsunaga, who noted that the gray colt's regular rider, 16-time Japanese champion jockey Yutaka Take, arrived in New York yesterday.
Lani's connections are hoping for a fast track, as the son of Tapit is two-for-three under such conditions, including a win in the Group 2, $2 million UAE Derby at Meydan.
“A little rain would be okay, but not a heavy rain,” said the owner's agent, Keita Tanaka.
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