Little Mike, a winner of multiple Grade 1 stakes events
including last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Classic, is set for Saturday’s Grade 1
United Nations Stakes at Monmouth. He and a field of top stakes company will
travel a mile and three eights on the turf in the hopes of capturing the
winner’s share of the $500,000 purse.
is coming off of a trip to Dubai where he ran in two Group 1 events at Meydan
Racecourse, the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 where he finished 8th
on March 9 and the Dubai Duty Free on March 30 where he crossed the wire in 11th
place, spraining his ankle in the process. Trainer Dale Romans believes that
Little Mike is now fully recovered and ready for the United Nations.
had to let him freshen up and get back on his feet after Dubai,” said Romans. “He feels ready to go
now. He trained good for the last month or so. He’s doing everything right.”
A 6-year-old gelding by Spanish Steps from the
Wavering Monarch dam Hey Jude, Little Mike is a perfect two-for-two on the turf
at Monmouth Park, where he broke his maiden and
bested the field in an allowance event in 2009. In those two races Little Mike made
$69,700 of his $3,074,412 in lifetime earnings for owner Priscilla Vaccarezza.
success at Monmouth definitely had something to do with it,” said Romans of
Little Mike’s return to Monmouth
Mike, who is currently stabled at Monmouth Park in the barn of trainer Eddie
Plesa, will have jockey Joel Rosario aboard as he breaks from post position
seven in the 62nd renewal of the United Nations Stakes. The U.N.
will go as race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card.