Owner Mike Repole has confirmed that Long Branch Stakes
winner Micromanage will make his next start in Sunday’s $1 million William Hill
Haskell Invitational at Monmouth
Park on July 28.
“His win in
the Long Branch
was very impressive,” said Repole. “He
overcame a lot of trouble to win going away.
He is two-for-two over the track and he is getting better every start.”
In the July
7 Long Branch, Monmouth’s last major prep for the Haskell, Micromanage was
carried extremely wide going into the first turn, before picking up horses
going into the far turn and drawing clear in the stretch to win by 4 ½ lengths.
sure what really happened around the first turn,” said jockey Joe Bravo, who
was aboard Micromanage in the Long
were sitting off horses and then we just ended up getting fanned out into the
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.”
yearling purchase, Micromanage is by Medaglia d’Oro from the Flying Paster mare
Catnip. In six lifetime starts the Todd
Pletcher-trainee sports a record of 3-1-0, having broken his maiden by an easy
five lengths at Saratoga
in his debut last Sept. He then faced
last year’s champion 2-year-old Shanghai Bobby in the Champagne (G1) and then stablemate
Overanalyze in the Remsen (G2).
captured his first start as a 3-year-old, an allowance event here on May
11. He followed that up with a runner-up
performance to Power Broker in the Easy Goer Stakes before taking the Long Branch.
He will once again face the
division leaders in the Haskell with the field expected to include Preakness
(G1) winner Oxbow, Wood Memorial (G1) winner Verrazano,
(G1) runner-up Golden Soul and Grade 1 winner Power Broker. Others considering the Haskell for their next
start include Pick of the Litter and Uncaptured.
like there will be a good pace and the added distance will help,” Repole
said. “It’s very exciting to have a
horse in the Haskell.”
will highlight a 14-race card next Sunday, which will include five graded
stakes events. Gates will open at 10
a.m. with first post set for noon. The
Haskell is slated as the 13th race with an estimated post time of 6:20