Rock Your World breezes at Santa Anita Park on May 21. Benoit Photo.

Rock Your World Preps for Belmont Stakes

Edited Press Release

Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Rock Your World worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 on May 21 in his penultimate major drill for the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 5 at Belmont Park. 

“He went (five furlongs) in a minute and change, out (three-quarters) in (one) 13 and we’re very happy,” said John Sadler, trainer of the Candy Ride (ARG) colt that was unbeaten until the May 1 Kentucky Derby (G1), in which he finished 17th after being bumped at the start. “The Kentucky Derby was over at the start for him. Hopefully we have a good chance to right the ship.”

Rock Your World was ridden in today’s breeze by exercise rider Geovanni Grant and went in company with Campaign, who was clocked in 1:01.40.

“His schedule calls for him to work one more time a week from today and ship to New York on Memorial Day weekend,” Sadler said of Rock Your World.

Rock Your World led throughout the Santa Anita Derby, winning by 4 ¼ lengths in his debut on the main track. His first two triumphs came on turf and was ridden by Umberto Rispoli in all three races, but in the Kentucky Derby, Joel Rosario was aboard and he retains the mount in the Belmont.

Jockey Decision Pending for Rombauer

Trainer Michael McCarthy was contemplating his riding options in the Belmont Stakes for Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Rombauer, since Flavien Prat, who piloted the Twirling Candy colt to an impressive victory in the second jewel of the Triple Crown on May 15, will ride Hot Rod Charlie in the 1 ½-miles classic on June 5.

“Rombauer will work one time before the Belmont, but I don’t have a day (in mind),” McCarthy said Thursday.

As to a jockey, with Prat committed to Hot Rod Charlie, McCarthy said, “I don’t have a decision, don’t know what the situation is, don’t know what the status is yet.”