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Sunday, 1 June 2014

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Toast of New York ridden here by Eddie Delahoussaye Jr at a prep race in Santa Anita

New York - A Brti-trained wonder horse named after its eponymous Upper East Side breakfast bar owners is homeward bound for a tilt at this year's $1.25m Belmont Derby Invitational.

Toast of New York is now a firm 3/1 favorite for the 5 July 10-furlong event after eschewing next Saturday's 12-furlong Epsom Derby.

The three year-old son of Thewayyouare out of a Cute Cupcake mare had been a long time Epsom 5/2 favorite following a decisive victory in the UAE Derby earlier this year.

His New Yorker owners s Arlo and Glenda Bunn-Cupcake, proprietors of the 87th St breakfast cafe that bread - uh, bred! - the fabulous colt, remain bullish about their star's chances in next month's Belmont Invitational.

And have no regrets at pulling their fab chestnut racer from the Brits' famous Epsom classic where the prize money tops more than $1.5m this year.

Toast of New York heads a pile of the Blue Ribband's scratchings at the Epsom Derby where betting continues to freefall in an uncertain market.

This morning's reports that trainer Jamie Osborne has backed his charge with a $100,000 bet remain unsubstantiated.

However the colt's Belmont price has now been slashed to 6/4 by online spread betting site Aintgottaprayer.con.

The third leg of the Triple Crown will be run at Churchill on Saturday.

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