2011 Belmont Stakes Profile: Prime Cut

Prime Cut was in and out of consideration for the 2011 Belmont Stakes, and now he is definitely a go after breezing five furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs on June 6.

Prime Cut

Prime Cut is a Belmont Stakes longshot - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

The consistent son of Bernstein, out of Stravinsky dam Life Happened, has been part of the trifecta in six straight following a 4th place finish in his sprint debut under the Twin Spires last June.

He earned his diploma in a six furlong affair at Fair Grounds and finished a respectable 3rd in another New Orleans sprint to begin his sophomore campaign.

Prime Cut began to improve over a route of ground and after a nose defeat in his initial two turn outing he defeated Al Stall Jr.’s highly regarded colt Bind on the Louisiana Derby undercard at Fair Grounds March 26. He hit the board in Keeneland’s  synthetic Lexington (G3) and Belmont Park’s Peter Pan (G3) in his last pair.

The Neil Howard trainee owns fine tactical speed but will probably find the twelve furlong Belmont distance a bit beyond his scope and he seems a cut or two below the top 3-year-olds.

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