05/20/2013 4:04PM

Belmont Park: Verrazano targets Pegasus at Monmouth

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Barbara D. Livingston
Verrazano, who finished 14th in the Kentucky Derby last out, will run in the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes on June 16.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Verrazano, who suffered his first loss when 14th in the Kentucky Derby, will make his next start in the Grade 3, $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on June 16, trainer Todd Pletcher said.

The Pegasus, at 1 1/16 miles, will serve as a prep for the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on July 28.

“It’s six weeks before the Haskell – I like that spacing,” Pletcher said. “It’s seven weeks out from the Derby, which gives him enough of a freshening.”

Verrazano came out of the Derby with a gash on one of his forelegs, but Pletcher on Monday said it was insignificant.

“He hasn’t missed any training,” Pletcher said.

Verrazano won the first four races of his career, including the Grade 1 Wood Memorial.