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Belmont Stakes 2012: Mark Valeski Looking Doubtful To Challenge I'll Have Another At Belmont Park

Mark Valeski, a three-year-old colt expected to challenge I'll Have Another at Belmont Park in the upcoming 2012 Belmont Stakes, is reportedly looking doubtful for the race. Mark Valeski would likely be one of the primary challengers to I'll Have Another's Triple Crown bid if he does run.

Mark Valeski is based out of Churchill Downs and won the Peter Pan Stakes (Grade 2) at Belmont on May 12. The horse's trainer, Larry Jones, said that his Mark Valeski hasn't worked out since the victory and appears to be lacking energy.

"It's looking like the Belmont is more and more doubtful," Jones said.

The draw for the Belmont Stakes is scheduled for June 6. Jones also indicated that the Dwyer Stakes (Grade II) on June 30 might be a better option for Mark Valeski's next race.

I'll Have Another, having already won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, is trying to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

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