enry Clark, trainer of Linkage, the second-place finisher in the Preakness Saturday, said today that he would "just as soon skip" the Belmont Stakes June 5.
"But we have a meeting this Monday night with Mrs. (Jane duPont) Lunger (Linkage's owner) and we'll know for sure by then. She may have other feelings about the Belmont. Tuesday morning, everything should be decided."
When asked about his former stable rider, Eldon Nelson, Clark took a veiled dig at Willie Shoemaker, Linkage's jockey in the Preakness.
"I sure wish I'd had him (Nelson) here Saturday," said the trainer.
The field for the Belmont could go as high as 12 starters.
In addition to Gato del Sol, the Kentucky Derby champion, and Preakness winner Aloma's Ruler, the probables for the 1 1/2-mile classic could include Linkage, Estoril, Le Danseur, Laser Light, Cut Away, Air Forbes Won, Dew Line, Royal Roberto, Illuminate and Khatango.
Jack Kaenel, the 16-year-old rider who won the Preakness with Aloma's Ruler, said his 15- year-old sister, Jill, won her first three races at a bush track in Alva, Okla. Bill Vuotto, Kaenel's agent, said that if she continues to win, he may bring her to Maryland to ride next year.
Mario Pino, fighting for Pimlico's riding title, was fined $50 by the stewards for "failing to ride out his mount (Sudden Khal) to the finish line in the fifth race on Monday."