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Todd Pletcher started 14 horses at Aqueduct on Saturday and won three races, including the Grade 2 Demoiselle with Stopchargingmaria. On Sunday, the trainer discussed plans for many of the horses in that group.


Pletcher said Stopchargingmaria and Demoiselle second-place finisher Got Lucky will go to Palm Meadows in Florida to prepare for their 3-year-old seasons. Lexi Morgan, fourth in the Demoiselle, will remain in New York.


In the Cigar Mile, Pletcher sent out third-place finisher Verrazano, sixth-place finisher Forty Tales, and 10th-place finisher Capo Bastone.


"I believe Capo Bastone and Forty Tales will get a break," said Pletcher. "With Verrazano I haven't had the chance to talk to anyone from [the ownership groups of Let's Go Stable and Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, and Derrick Smith] to know what he is doing."


Heading to Florida are Intense Holiday (fourth in the Grade 2 Remsen) and Teen Pauline (third in the Grade 3 Comely). Master Lightning (fifth in the Remsen) and Galloping Giraffe (fifth in the Comely) will remain in New York, Pletcher said.


Pletcher swept the pair of maiden special weights for 2-year-olds on Saturday's card, winning with Dame Dorothy, a filly who debuted a half-length winner, and Surfing U S A, a colt who prevailed by 2 ¼ lengths in his second start.


"[Dame Dorothy] ran well, especially considering she didn't get away all that well and circled the field," said Pletcher. "I thought it was a promising effort. I thought Surfing U S A ran well, considering he recovered from a pretty significant stumble. They'll both go down to Florida as well."




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i hoep he stays and races i think he could have another good season in 2014
noticed that status changed from retired to active...any word on whether verrazano will race in 2014?
Aqu is really hard on animals on that inner course with all the cold wind
Would love to see Verrazano race again in 2014!

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