Finishing second in the Kentucky Derby in the slop proved to be extremely taxing for Golden Soul. The 3-year-old, trained by Dallas Stewart, is preparing for a start in the Belmont Stakes at his trainer's Churchill Downs barn.
"He ran a great race in the Derby, but it was a hard race on him and his appetite is still coming back," Stewart noted.
Owned by Charles Fipke, Golden Soul finished second to Orb by 2 1/2 lengths in the 139th Run for the Roses on May 4. He was held out of the Preakness with the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes a target.
Stewart has changed the colt's training schedule a bit after scrubbing a planned workout Saturday.
"He had a really good day galloping, but I passed on working him this morning," Stewart said. "I was going to give him two works, but now I'm looking at just one. I'll likely breeze him the middle of this week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. That will give him about eight or nine days between the work and the race."
Golden Soul, with just a maiden win in six starts, has three runner-up finishes for $517,400. Along with his Kentucky Derby result, he finished second in the Lecomte Stakes to eventual Preakness winner Oxbow at Fair Grounds.