ESPN Horse Racing

Request For Parole out of Belmont
By Bill Finley
Special to

Request For Parole, who was fifth in the Kentucky Derby, has a stress fracture in his left front shin and will not compete in the June 8 Belmont Stakes, reports trainer Steve Margolis.

"It's nothing major," Margolis said. "We X-rayed him Tuesday and found this. Dr. Larry Bramlage said the prognosis on him returning to racing is good. He's is going to evaluate the situation and at worst he'll have to drill a couple of holes and put a screw in."

Margolis was looking forward to the Belmont after Request For Parole drilled six furlongs in 1:11.80 Sunday at Churchill Downs.

"He had a real big work on Sunday," the trainer said. "It looked like he cooled out great, but this popped up yesterday. He didn't have any shin problems as a two-year-old. He's always been a durable horse. He'll get some time off and I hope to get him back by the fall. I think he can be a real nice four-year-old."

With Request For Parole's defection, there are 13 horses that are being considered for the Belmont. They are: Artax Too, Essence of Dubai, Like A Hero, Magic Weisner, Medaglia D'oro, Perfect Drift, Proud Citizen, Puzzlement, Sarava, Sunday Break, Tracemark, War Emblem and Wiseman's Ferry.