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Tale of Verve has final breeze for Belmont

Tale of Verve has final breeze for Belmont

Belmont Stakes hopeful Tale of Verve took to the Belmont Park main track early Saturday morning in Elmont, N.Y., to log his final breeze in advance of the $1.5 million race Saturday. With exercise rider and jockey Kortez Walker up for the work, the son of Tale of Ekati went 5 furlongs in 59.02 seconds, the fastest work at the distance. "He galloped out good and came back blowing, which is good because it means he got something out of it," said Dallas Stewart, who trains Tale of Verve for Charles Fipke. "He came back great and looked awesome." The bay colt was second to Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah in the Preakness at odds of 28-1. "I hope he has another step...