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
“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.