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Bernardini possible for Belmont

May 22, 2006


— Preakness winner Bernardini is not definitely set for the Belmont Stakes in three weeks, but trainer Tom Albertrani expects a decision in a few days.

Albertrani, though, has a certain Belmont starter in Deputy Glitters, who finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness.

Bernardini was the surprise winner of the Preakness, beating Sweetnorthernsaint by 51â4 lengths, the race overshadowed by the serious injury at the start to Barbaro. The Derby winner broke three bones in his right rear leg and was in surgery Sunday fighting for his life.

Bernardini, with three wins in four starts, was back at Belmont Park, and Albertrani will discuss the colt's plans with Dubai's Sheik Mohammed.

"I was still very excited because of the way Bernardini won the race, but I know how it feels to go through an ordeal like that," Albertrani said, referring to Barbaro's breakdown. "I feel bad for the connections of Barbaro. That's something you never want to see."


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