Matterhorn confirmed to run in Belmont Stakes

June 2, 2014 

Matterhorn, most recently fourth in the Grade II Peter Pan at Belmont Park on May 10, will run in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

After speaking with Aron Wellman, president of owner Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed that the Tapit colt will run in the 1½ -mile classic and be ridden by Joe Bravo.

"The distance is the biggest (factor)," Pletcher said. "I thought he ran OK in the Peter Pan and made a pretty good middle move. I was encouraged by the way he galloped out afterward that a mile and a half would be in his wheelhouse."

Bravo will be riding in his third Belmont Stakes and first in 16 years. He was ninth with In Contention in 1996 and last of 11 on Basic Trainee in 1998.

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