Repole Stable’s Micromanage ran by stablemate Forever Thing
in the stretch to post a 4 ½ length win in the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes,
Monmouth Park’s last major prep for the Grade 1 William Hill Haskell
Invitational on July 28, as Immortal Eyes led his foes all the way to capture
the $75,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes on the Sunday card.
Todd Pletcher, Micromanage was carried out to the center of the track around
the first turn and was last of nine going up the backstretch. After gathering momentum going into the far
turn, Micromanage cruised to the lead and opened up in the lane to pay $6, $4.40
and $2.60. Forever Thing, also
conditioned by Todd Pletcher, completed the $75.60 exacta and returned $7.60
and $6.20. It was another 3 ½ lengths
back to Carve, who paid $3.60 to show.
sure what really happened around the first turn,” said winning jockey Joe
Bravo, after taking his third of the day.
“We were sitting off horses and then we just ended up getting fanned out
into the parking lot. After that, I
thought the race was over. But around
the 3/8ths pole he really started picking it up. That was a pretty impressive performance
considering the trouble he got in.”
3-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro from the Flying Paster mare Catnip,
Micromanage sports a record of 3-1-0 from six starts, good for earnings of
In the Mr.
Prospector Stakes, Immortal Eyes took control right from the break and never
looked back, besting his rivals by 7 ¼ lengths.
Trained by Damon Dilodovico, Immortal Eyes stepped the six furlongs over
a fast main track in 1:09 2/5 and paid $7.60, $4.20 and $3. Mass Destruction rallied to complete the
$48.40 exacta and returned $5.80 and $3.80.
It was another neck back to Diski Dance, who paid $4.80 to show.
so much speed,” said winning jockey Paco Lopez, after taking his fourth on the
card. “I knew there was a horse to my
inside (Royal Currier), but my horse was just cruising out there. At the quarter pole I asked him a little bit
and he opened up on his own.”
8-year-old gelding by Greatness from the Private Terms mare Private Eyes,
Immortal Eyes has won 15 of his 44 lifetime starts. The Robert Abbo Racing Stable LLC
color-bearer has earned $805,051.
continues at Monmouth
Park on Friday, July 12 –
gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.
As always the racetrack is open seven days a week for simulcasting from
across the country and around the globe.