Little Mike, a six-time
graded stakes winner and victor of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf Classic is
getting ready for the Grade 1 $500,000 United Nations Stakes, says Carlo
Vaccarezza breeder of Little Mike, who runs under the colors of his wife
Priscilla. Little Mike is coming off of a trip to Dubai where he competed in
two Group 1 events at Meydan Racecourse, finishing 8th in the Al Maktoum
Challenge R3 (March 9) and 11th in the Dubai Duty Free (March 30).
“He didn’t like the Tapeta too much in the first race,”
said Vaccarezza. “In the second race he sprained his ankle. We got him back to
the barn and his ankle was like a watermelon. We gave him some time to heal and
he’s looking good. We breezed him at Churchill (June 11) and he is feeling
Little Mike breezed four furlongs over Churchill’s turf
course in :50 4/5 on June 11, and breezed five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 along the
main track on June 19.
A 6-year-old gelding by Spanish Steps out of the Wavering
Wench dam Hay Jude, Little Mike has won 12 of 23 career races, good for
$3,074,412 in lifetime earnings, and Vaccarezza believes that Little Mike can
increase that number in the UN, which is set for a mile and three eighths on
the turf at Monmouth on Saturday, July 6.
“He really likes Monmouth,” said Vaccarezza. “He won a
few races on the turf earlier in his career over there so it should be an easy
transition for him. It’s a really prestigious race, the UN. I used to watch it
growing up in New York
every year so we really want this one for Mike and for his fans.”
Jockey Joel Rosario will ride Little Mike in this year’s
62nd renewal of the United Nations Stakes.