Trainer Todd Pletcher's three contenders for the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap - Forty Tales, Capo Bastone, and Verrazano
- took to the Belmont Park training track on Sunday to turn in their
penultimate breezes prior to the race, which will be held November 30 at
three are 3-year-old colts who are seeking their first victory against
older horses. In their most recent starts, Forty Tales was second in the
Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap on October 26 at Belmont, Verrazano was
fourth in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on November 1 at Santa
Anita, and Capo Bastone was 13th in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on November 2 at Santa Anita.
Tales, a three-time graded stakes winner, breezed four furlongs in
51.40 seconds. Covering four furlongs in company later in the morning
were Grade 1 Foxwoods King's Bishop victor Capo Bastone (47.66 seconds)
and Grade 1 Wood Memorial and Haskell Invitational winner Verrazano
(47.67 seconds), the two fastest workouts at the distance on the
Bastone and Verrazano] been working together quite a bit," said
Pletcher. "We were looking for a similar type of work from both of them.
I think it worked well in the past [and] just felt like it was a good
match up. I thought both horses breezed really well. Both did it
willingly, on the bridle, and gave me the indication they both bounced
out of their Breeders' Cup races in good order.
"Forty Tales is a little less ambitious work horse," added Pletcher. "We thought he worked well for what he normally does."
is expected to have contenders in all four graded stakes on the
November 30 card at Aqueduct. The trainer said he likely will run Intense Holiday (four furlongs on the training track in 49.27) in the Grade 2 Remsen for 2-year-olds, Stopchargingmaria (four furlongs on the training track in 48.53) in the Grade 2 Demoiselle for 2-year-old fillies, and Teen Pauline (four furlongs on the training track in 49.27) and Galloping Giraffe (four furlongs on the training track in 51.41 seconds) in the Grade 3 Comely for 3-year-old fillies.
think [Intense Holiday] ran a sneaky good race [when fourth] in the
[Grade 2] Nashua [on November 3 at Aqueduct]," said Pletcher. "He had a
troubled trip and should have been second with a little clearer run."
Pletcher added that Caixa Eletronica is expected to make a title defense in the Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap on Thanksgiving, November 28.