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Big workouts for Dullahan, Union Rags

Union Rags trains on the track in preparation

Union Rags trains on the track in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. (May 3, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Six likely Belmont Stakes runners had timed workouts Sunday, with the most impressive breezes by Union Rags and Dullahan, the horses given the best chances of stopping I'll Have Another's Triple Crown bid Saturday.

Dullahan breezed 4 furlongs in 45.97 seconds for Javier Castellano at Belmont Park. Castellano replaces Kent Desormeaux, who rode the colt to third place in the Kentucky Derby.

"Right before he won the Blue Grass, he went in [572/5 for 5 furlongs]," trainer Dale Romans said. "When he works like that, he runs big. I think he's ready. I wouldn't change places with anybody in this race."

Union Rags went 5 furlongs in 59 seconds for John Velazquez at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. Velazquez made the 160-mile drive to get acquainted with the colt, who was seventh in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Florida Derby after trouble-filled trips under Julien Leparoux. Velazquez won the 2007 Belmont on Rags to Riches.

"I'm glad Johnny made the effort to come down and sit on him," trainer Michael Matz said. "Johnny seemed to like him and he seemed to do that easy enough."

I'll Have Another schooled in the Belmont paddock before galloping strongly for a mile.

Four other contenders worked out in Elmont: Atigun (4 furlongs, 48.55); Paynter (7 furlongs, 1:25); Street Life (5 furlongs, 1:01.15) and Unstoppable U (5 furlongs, 1:02.25). Unstoppable U had trouble switching leads, and trainer Ken McPeek said he "is probably 50-50 to run in the Belmont right now. I wasn't thrilled with it."

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