Verrazano and Micromanage will be vanned from Saratoga
to Monmouth Park and are scheduled to arrive in Todd
Pletcher’s barn on the backside on Sunday morning before contesting the $1
million William Hill Haskell Invitational (G1) later that afternoon.
Pletcher, who trains both colts, but for separate ownership
interests, confirmed on Wednesday that Verrazano retains the services of John
Velazquez and Joe Bravo gets the return call on Micromanage.
In the two colts’ most recent efforts with each coming at Monmouth,
Verrazano was an easy 9 ¼ length winner of the Pegasus Stakes (G3) under
Velazquez on June 16, and Micromanage was a 4 ½ length winner of the Long
Branch Stakes with Bravo in the irons on July 7.
“They’ll both just gallop up to the race,” said Pletcher via text.
On Monday, the Haskell contenders were sent out in company for
their final tune-up over Saratoga’s
main track, with Micromanage on the outside. Clockers caught them in the
identical time of 47.20 for four furlongs, the fastest of 101 horses traveling
“It was an outstanding work for both
horses,” Pletcher said afterward. “They both look super. We were looking for a
good solid half-mile with a strong gallop out and I thought we accomplished it
with both of them.”
Verrazano, a multiple graded stakes
winner whose only loss in six starts was a 14th place finish in the
Kentucky Derby (G1), is owned by Let’s Go Stable, Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier,
and Derrick Smith, while stakes winner Micromanage carries the colors of Mike
Pletcher is looking for his first
Haskell win since he took back-to-back editions in 2006 with Bluegrass Cat and
in 2007 with Any Given Saturday.
The Haskell, which goes as race 13,
will highlight a 14-race card on Sunday.
Gates will open at 10 a.m., with first post set for noon.