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Little Mike Looks To Add To Resume With United Nations Win

Posted Thursday, Jul 4, 2013

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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.

            Little Mike 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.

            “We just 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.

            “His success at Monmouth definitely had something to do with it,” said Romans of Little Mike’s return to Monmouth Park.

            Little 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.


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