White Abarrio Training Forwardly Towards Met Mile

May 28, 2023

White Abarrio wins an allowance optional claimer March 4 at Gulfstream Park (Ryan Thompson)

NYRA Press Office

ELMONT, N.Y.— C2 Racing Stable and La Milagrosa Stable’s Grade 1-winner White Abarrio continues to train well into an anticipated start in the Grade 1, $1 million Hill ‘n’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap on June 10 at Belmont Park for trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr.

White Abarrio, who won the Grade 1 Florida Derby last year, last worked a half-mile in 50.68 seconds on May 21 at Gulfstream Park when in the care of previous conditioner Saffie Joseph, Jr. He joined the Dutrow, Jr. barn last week and is expected to breeze again at Belmont sometime in the coming days.

“He’s doing OK,” said Dutrow, Jr. “He hasn’t worked since we had him, but I hope we’ll breeze him Tuesday. He seems to fit in to the barn nicely.”

The 4-year-old son of Race Day was last seen winning a March 4 optional-claiming event at Gulfstream where he earned a career-best 103 Beyer Speed Figure. His lone start in the Empire State came in December when finishing a gusty third in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap presented by NYRA Bets at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Dutrow, Jr. is looking forward to a start in stakes company for the stakes-placed Prince of Pharoahs in Monday’s $200,000 Commentator, a 1 1/16-mile main track test for New York-breds. The son of American Pharoah was a 4 1/2-length winner against open optional claiming company going one mile on May 6 where he garnered an 85 Beyer Speed Figure. He earned his lone stakes placing when dead heating with Bourbon Bay for second in the 2020 Jerome when trained by Linda Rice.

“He’s training good and we’re happy with him,” said Dutrow, Jr. “He’s been lots of fun to train and is fun to be around.”

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