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Thumb_grening David Grening , Belmont Park , 2019-05-24 - DRF Live Posted : May 24, 2019, 1:20 PM

Game Winner, Baffert to pass on Belmont Stakes; Joevia now possible

Game Winner, last year's 2-year-old champion male and fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, will not run in the Belmont Stakes, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Friday.

"I want to get him really, really right," Baffert said. "The goal's the Travers; run him one time before that."

Baffert said he will not have a runner in this year's Belmont Stakes.

Game Winner has not worked since the Derby. He was sent to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. to be examined but he checked out clean. Baffert said Game Winner is currently at Churchill Downs, but would soon ship back to him in Southern California.

Meanwhile, trainer Gregg Sacco said that Joevia, winner of the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park, is under consideration for the Belmont Stakes.

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