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Mission Approved Deserves Respect

Mission Approved, with jockey Jose Espinoza, defeats Gio Ponti in the 2011 Manhattan Stakes G1

Grade I Manhattan winner Mission Approved had the day off Tuesday and walked the shedrow after a leg-stretcher on Monday. 


Trainer Naipaul Chatterpaul, who also co-owns the 7-year-old with his brother Terikchand, was at the barn early Tuesday tending to the son of With Approval, whom they claimed for $35,000 in June 2010 at Belmont Park.  The Grade I Arlington Million will serve as his fourth meeting against Gio Ponti, and his second against import Cape Blanco. 


“This is a really smart horse,” Chatterpaul said, “and he will run off on his own to get the lead and really naturally slows up once he knows he has it.” 


Mission Approved will be ridden again by jockey Jose Espinoza, and the team is hoping for some added give in the ground. 


“We wouldn’t mind seeing rain given the way he runs,” said Chatterpaul.  “The cutback should also suit him well with a shorter stretch and less ground to cover.” 


Mission Approved had his last strong morning work in Saratoga before shipping to Arlington, and Chatterpaul reported he is likely to only gallop the rest of the week.




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