05/27/2013 3:07PM

Belmont Park: Verrazano has first workout since Kentucky Derby

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Barbara D. Livingston
Verrazano is being pointed to the June 16 Pegasus at Monmouth Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Though the emphasis of Monday’s workouts at Belmont Park was on those pointing to the Belmont Stakes, trainer Todd Pletcher had two other noteworthy 3-year-olds put in drills on the day.

Verrazano, who suffered his first loss when he was 14th in the Kentucky Derby, worked four furlongs in 47.82 seconds over the Belmont training track. Verrazano, winner of the Grade 1 Wood Memorial, is pointing to the Grade 3, $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on June 16.

Earlier in the morning, Dreaming of Julia, who had a brutal trip when she ran fourth in the Kentucky Oaks, worked four furlongs by herself in 48.00 seconds. She is pointing to the Grade 1 Mother Goose at Belmont on June 22.

For Verrazano, who worked in company with fellow 3-year-old Capo Bastone, it was his first move since the Derby debacle.

With John Velazquez up, Verrazano went in fractions of 12.47 seconds and 24.13, meaning he got his final quarter in 23.69 seconds. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.09 and six furlongs in 1:14.04 with Capo Bastone keeping up the whole way.

“I thought he went nice, and relaxed good,” Pletcher said of Verrazano. “It was a half with a strong gallop-out, which was what I was hoping to see.”

Capo Bastone, beaten a neck in the Derby Trial in his last start, is being pointed to the Grade 2, $400,000 Woody Stephens, a seven-furlong race on the Belmont undercard.

Dreaming of Julia, in her first work since the Kentucky Oaks, went in fractions of 12.38 seconds, 24.26 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.60 under Velazquez.

“I thought she was really good,” Pletcher said. “She does things effortlessly.”

Jose More than 1 year ago
Come one Todd even if you win with one you saddled four losers!
Chris Brooks More than 1 year ago
He is obviously prepping for the haskell. I think verrazano is still the most talented 3 year old. Maybe pletcher learned his lesson by letting him jog in the wood instead of pushing him. They were so worried about keeping the tank full, they let the horse lose his edge. Plushe oobviously didnt care for the churchill soup.
Kevin Broderick More than 1 year ago
good point billy, cut the horse back
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
From Derby favorite to the slow track that doesn't even include another TC race. What's wrong with that picture?
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
It is a good spot, The Pegasus that is for Verrazzano . Lets face it, Verrazzano regardless of his 14th place finish in the Derby is still a very nice 3 YO that should have plenty left in the tank for the remainder of 2013 ! Todd knows this horse best and I wouldn"t doubt seeing Verrazzano get back on track to continue his winning ways ! 1 1/4 most of us knew would be to far as well as the Preakness distance at 1 3/16ths is also. You just might be looking at the next best horse at a 1 1/16th or less IMO. I can"t wait to see Verrazzano run at Saratoga, hopefully the KINGS BISHOP at 7/8th s........ Good Luck to all the owners, people who talk negative about him I know would want him in there barn......
Junior Burchett More than 1 year ago
THIS HORSE REMINDS ME SO, MUCH OF SHACKLEFORD....he got big talent upto a mile anything beyond that hes shaky!!! they should shorten him up like they did shackleford...bc mile hits this horse right between the eyes!!!
edb More than 1 year ago
Shanghai Bobby part two. Win or put out with the trash. I don't agree with their game plan, realistically could have won Preakness in that pokey race and do you really think Julia wins the Belmont? Todd has too many nice toys and not enough time to use them . A big part of a trainer is to put his horse in the right race. Not impressed with his shotgun approach of shooting with five horse in the big races.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
Worked for D-Wayne in the preakness, great con job getting everyone to follow Titletown out of the gate while Oxbow stole it...... Wouldnt everyone like to have Pletcher's problems!
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
I would point him to the breeders cup turf mile...its become pretty obvious to me that he was a very good 2yo and early 3yo due to his natural ability and the fact that he was a early foal who was simply bigger and stronger than most of his competition....but it was obvious even before the derby that the competition was catching up fast... if he goes into shorter races he might be a very competitive horse but there will be a host of others just like him who will be better sprinting than routing... On turf at 7f to a 1 1/6 mile he would have very few 3yo adversaries and in the breeders cup turf would likely be facing a older declining WISE DAN and OBVIOUSLY and a few Europeans (no monsters from there on the horizon).
mikey More than 1 year ago
After he wins against a bunch of average horsesin the Pegasus he will be 2/5 in the Haskell.Then he gets beat by a Baffert shipper.Later that week he is retired.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
To me, this horse is Uncle Mo without the 2 year old accolades. Obviously a top class miler but that's where it ends. He'll probably get another shot at a mile and a quarter but just like Uncle Mo in the Classic he'll come up wanting that last quarter.