• Harmonize comes widest of all to win the Jessamine Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Got Lucky gets there on the wire in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland.Posted 3 days ago
  • Airoforce kicks away in the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes for hot trainer Mark Casse.Posted 3 days ago
  • Ben's Duchess takes advantage of a speed duel to win the L.A. Woman.Posted 3 days ago
  • Inheritance, a $1.9 million 2yo in training purchase, broke her maiden by 13 today at Belmont.Posted 4 days ago
  • Golden Horn wins the Arc ... Treve runs well, but settles for fourth.Posted 4 days ago
  • Wild Dude earns a Breeders' Cup berth with a Santa Anita Sprint win.Posted 4 days ago
  • Grand Arch just holds off a flying The Pizza Man to win the Shadwell Turf Mile.Posted 4 days ago
  • He repeats -- It's all Tonalist in a sloppy Jockey Club Gold Cup.Posted 4 days ago
  • Brody's Cause flies home to win the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity.Posted 4 days ago

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.




comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories