Micromanage Overcomes Tough Trip to Score in Long Branch

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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.   

            Trained by 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.

            “I’m not 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.”

            A 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 $176,200.

 


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