Owners George and Lori Hall, who campaigned last year’s Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Ruler On Ice, have decided to enter My Adonis in this year’s “Test of the Champion.”
According to the Halls, My Adonis, most recently third in the Canonero II Stakes at Pimlico on Preakness day, May 19, will be lining up for the 1 ½-mile Belmont, the final leg of the Triple Crown. Ramon Dominguez is expected to ride.
Andrew Byrnes, the stakes coordinator for the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), confirmed that the 3-year-old colt will be entered when post positions for the Belmont Stakes are drawn on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
The Halls will be looking to become the first owners to register back-to-back triumphs in the Belmont Stakes since Riva Ridge and Secretariat won in 1972 and 1973, respectively, for Meadow Stable.
“We came to this decision only a few hours ago,” said Lori Hall. “Over the last seven to 10 days he’s really shown to be eating well and to be looking the part. We’ve just kind of kept in the back of our minds that this could be a possibility, and [trainer] Kelly [Breen] called us today and said, ‘I’m getting that good vibe.’”
Ruler On Ice upset last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness winner Shackleford when he scored for the Halls and trainer Kelly Breen at odds of 24-1 in the Belmont Stakes.
The addition of My Adonis could bring the prospective field to 12.
–NYRA Press contributed to this report.
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