5/29/2012 12:54:43 PM
Trained by Dale Romans, Shackleford led the entire way in the Memorial Day
feature and was able hold off the late running Caleb's Posse. Voters in the
poll moved up last year's Preakness champ six spots from ninth behind
Alternation and three-year-old I'll Have Another.
Alternation remains in first with 339 points ahead of the Kentucky Derby and
Preakness winner by 19 points.
Shackleford is third with 296 points and has two wins in four starts this
"The more work [Shackleford] does, the better he is," said Romans. "I brought
him out a little too soft early in the year. I was too easy on him. We started
cranking it up, and it's paid off. The more I do with him, the more he likes
it and the better he gets."
Wise Dan fell for the second week in a row from third to fourth with 259
points. His stablemate Successful Dan remains fifth with 216 points followed
by Caleb's Posse (159), Bodemeister (128), It's Tricky (103), To Honor and
Serve (96) and Mucho Macho Man (84).
I'll Have Another is again a unanimous selection as leading three-year-old.
Trained by Doug O'Neill, the colt received all 43 first-place votes for 430
"I think he's maintained his energy level and his stride, and he looks
fantastic," said O'Neill. "So he's fit, and we have to stay lucky and stay
injury-free and we'll be in great shape."
Owned by J. Paul Reddam, I'll Have Another is at Belmont Park training for
the final jewel of racing's Triple Crown the Belmont Stakes on June 9.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister is second with 387 points,
but will not start in the Belmont Stakes.
The next seven positions are unchanged from last week: Creative Cause (300),
Dullahan (296), Union Rags (219), Believe You Can (145), Mark Valeski (102),
Hansen (81) and Went the Day Well (69).
Entering the Three-Year-Old Poll in 10th is Silver Max with 48 points. The
colt won the Arlington Classic on Saturday and has captured his last four