05/20/2013 5:04PM

Belmont Park: Verrazano targets Pegasus at Monmouth

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.

Ivette Pitre More than 1 year ago
Omg people stop hating on Verrazano...plzzz. Get over it!!!
Ann Ferland More than 1 year ago
Why not send this colt into the Met Mile? The distance and configuration suits him to a tee and 3yos get a nice break in the weights.
race888 More than 1 year ago
oxbow is front runner he will never win the belmont at 1 1/2 just look at is passraces he never win a race over a 11/6
Nicholas Heaven More than 1 year ago
Save that donkey for da kingsbishop at saratoga on travers day. 7f is right up his alley hes over hyped and over rated
Mark More than 1 year ago
Kings bishop is the premiere sprint race for 3 year olds in the country #1no donkeys in there . #2 time will tell but so fare he is a win machine . Grade 1 winner .
Robert Johnson More than 1 year ago
As long as people were making excuses for their poor derby, no reason to run them back in the Preakness and devalue them even more. Ni, Verrazano will both look for soft spots and if can get them a win will retire them. Bone chip or some other rubbish to protect their value.
1971 Whippet More than 1 year ago
Lots of people hate Pletcher, I guess. Still, had Verrazano run in the Preakness, he could've caught Oxbow. Not sure what the comments would've been at that point.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Pure conjecture at best. He would have been chasing Oxbow, a horse far suited to get the distance than him. My guess is that he was totally cooked after the Derby or Pletcher would have considered wheeling him right back.
Nicholas Heaven More than 1 year ago
He doesn't av any class and is definately a one turn horse.
Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
You are 100% correct. Pletcher bails out off his Derby performance like the horse is nothing. Total total total overreaction... Then Oxbow wires the field like they are a bunch of cheap horses. Verrazano would have crushed last Saturday...
Perl More than 1 year ago
Yup, head for the Shores of Jersey, where the beer is cold, the track is kind to speed, and the testing rules are lax.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
Im gonna make a prediction. this horse will be retired by years end!
mikey More than 1 year ago
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
Indeed..... Hes going to win another graded stakes or two, and then he is gone to the breeding shed. Enough for the owners to sell him off for a ridiculous sum of money.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Don't have to sell him, I believe Coolmore already bought a half interest in him earlier this year. Which basically means he goes to stud for 2014.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Oh and watch for him to end up in some other country before he turns 8...they seem to be notorious for giving up on stallions early in their careers, which makes them a star in other countries..Dehere, Lion Heart, and Hawk Wing, anyone?
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
And you think the owners are going to retain the rest of the half ? Hell no..... If he wins another one or two with impressive showing, he going to be valued much more
Robert Johnson More than 1 year ago
Name a decent horse that he has beaten this year in his wins. I couldn't either!
Perl More than 1 year ago
Well to be fair he did beat the Bluegrass winner. And Normandy Invasion, despite being everyone's favorite whipping boy, is a good horse. Vijack was undefeated until he met him.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Normandy Invasion is still just a maiden special weight winner.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Name a decent horse this year.
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
Vyjack and Normandy Invasion are really nice horses. Now that both had one bad race each, people knock them down. Its funny...... NI was one of the favorites going into the derby. And now he is no one. Unbeaten Vyjack was a dangerous horse. These are known as GOOD HORSES in any given year.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
The Pegasus gr3 at a 1 1/6 mile is a more realistic spot for this colt than the derby or the Belmont.at the end of the day he will be a nicer horse on turf going a mile or 1 1/6 m....breeders cup turf mile would be right up his alley..hey its no disgrace to run second to WISE DAN.
Rafael Acosta More than 1 year ago
That is a funny post, especially the reference to Wise Dan!! So true.