Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby champ Gormley, who finished ninth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, was officially added to the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes field after trainer John Shirreffs and co-owner Jerry Moss consulted with B. Wayne Hughes of Spendthrift Farm, which holds the breeding rights to the colt.
Irish War Cry will exercise at Maryland’s Fair Hill Training Center on the morning of June 7 and then be vanned to Belmont Park for the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Jockey Florent Geroux will have the mount on Dallas Stewart trainee Hollywood Handsome in the Belmont Stakes.
Japanese invader Epicharis visited the Belmont Park starting gate on June 5 for a schooling session after galloping on the training track.
Epicharis and Grade 1 Preakness Stakes show finisher Senior Investment are expected to have final workouts for the Belmont Stakes on June 6.
Multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera, who is being freshened after bleeding during his fifth-place finish in the Preakness, will be aimed for a return in Saratoga’s Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes on July 29.