Repole Stable’s Micromanage ran by stablemate Forever Thing in
the stretch to post a 4 ½ length win in the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes,
Monmouth Park’s last major prep for the Grade 1 William Hill Haskell
Invitational on July 28, as Immortal Eyes led his foes all the way to
capture the $75,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes on the Sunday card.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Micromanage was carried
out to the center of the track around the first turn and was last of
nine going up the backstretch. After
gathering momentum going into the far turn, Micromanage cruised to the
lead and opened up in the lane to pay $6, $4.40 and $2.60. Forever
Thing, also conditioned by Todd Pletcher, completed the $75.60 exacta
and returned $7.60 and $6.20. It was another 3
½ lengths back to Carve, who paid $3.60 to show.
“I’m not sure what really happened around the first
turn,” said winning jockey Joe Bravo, after taking his third of the
day. “We were sitting off horses
and then we just ended up getting fanned out into the parking lot.
After 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.”
A 3-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro from the Flying
Paster mare Catnip, Micromanage sports a record of 3-1-0 from six
starts, good for earnings of $176,200.
In the Mr. Prospector Stakes, Immortal Eyes took
control right from the break and never looked back, besting his rivals
by 7 ¼ lengths. Trained by Damon
Dilodovico, Immortal Eyes stepped the six furlongs over a fast main
track in 1:09 2/5 and paid $7.60, $4.20 and $3. Mass Destruction
rallied to complete the $48.40 exacta and returned $5.80 and $3.80. It
was another neck back to Diski Dance, who paid $4.80
“He’s got so much speed,” said winning jockey Paco
Lopez, after taking his fourth on the card. “I knew there was a horse
to my inside (Royal Currier), but
my horse was just cruising out there. At the quarter pole I asked him a
little bit and he opened up on his own.”
An 8-year-old gelding by Greatness from the Private
Terms mare Private Eyes, Immortal Eyes has won 15 of his 44 lifetime
starts. The Robert Abbo Racing
Stable LLC color-bearer has earned $805,051.