Trainer Todd Pletcher reported Sunday morning that Grade 1 Travers favorite Verrazano and second choice Palace Malice
returned from their respective seventh- and fourth-place finishes in
good order, and that a decision on their next starts would not be
forthcoming for a few days.
disappointed," Pletcher said. "Any time after a race, you don't only
look at that race but their entire body of work. As far as their next
starts, we have no firm plans. We'll wait a few days and talk it over
with Mr. [Cot] Campbell and the other connections before we make any
Palace Malice wound up beaten less than a length after stumbling at the
start, Pletcher could offer no excuse for Verrazano, winner of the
Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Race Track and the Grade 1 Haskell
Invitational at Monmouth Park.
is still 6-for-8 and a multiple Grade 1 winner," he said of the More
Than Ready colt. "We're disappointed in yesterday's performance but
we're not disappointed in the horse. I can't offer much excuse. I
thought he was in a very good tactical position. [But] when Johnny
[Velazquez] needed him to start picking it up around the half-mile pole,
he just didn't have the response we were looking for."
Palace Malice], we weren't planning on being last going into the first
turn behind a dawdling pace," he said of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and
Grade 2 Jim Dandy winner. "I thought he had a winning race in him.
Unfortunately, the start did not go well. Once that happened we were in a
completely different spot than we anticipated being. Unfortunately, he
came up a length short. For a number of reasons, the bad start was
compromising. When you tack on the fact they didn't go very fast up
front, I thought he ran a great race, considering all that."
The Pletcher barn was far from empty-handed Saturday, as Capo Bastone took advantage of torrid early fractions and came from 10th to upset the Grade 1, $500,000 Foxwoods King's Bishop at 28-1.
were hoping we would get a favorable pace set-up," Pletcher said. "We
felt like the horse was training very well into it. Based on the
strength of his training, we thought we'd take a shot, and it worked
Among those on the main track worktab for Pletcher on Sunday were 2012 Champion Two-Year-Old Male Shanghai Bobby, who worked five furlongs 1:00.91 in company with Graydar, and Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap winner Cross Traffic, who went a half-mile in 48.19.
continues to go great," he said. "We're still a month or so away, but I
like what we're seeing so far. He's coming back and getting fit a week
or so ahead of what we anticipated. We're really pleased with him and
happy to have him back.
Traffic also went well," he added. "We'll make a decision tomorrow or
the next day on whether he'll run in the [Grade 1, $750,000] Woodward