Verrazano is set for the $1,000,000 William Hill Haskell on July 28,
Park’s biggest event of the year. The race
will take place virtually in the back yard of co-owners Kevin
Scatuorchio and Bryan Sullivan, listed as Let’s Go Stable, who live in
Red Bank and Rumson, respectively. Conditioned by Todd
Pletcher, Verrazano is coming off of a win in his last outing, the
Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes here at Monmouth, where he trounced the field by
nine and a quarter lengths.
Photo: Eclipse Spotswire
A 3-year-old colt by More Than Ready out of the
Giant’s Causeway mare Enchanted Rock, Verrazano has triumphed in an
impressive five of his six career starts,
including the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby (March 9, 2013) and the Grade 1
Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 6. Verrazano went on to compete in
the Kentucky Derby in May, and the Pegasus Stakes last month, which has
kept him in good form leading up to the Haskell.
“He’s been in training for six or seven months now,
so everything for him is really just maintenance,” said Sullivan. “He
worked a good 5/8ths
last Monday and will likely go a 1/2 mile this Monday.”
Verrazano breezed the five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 on July 15 at
where he has been stabled since the Pegasus. He has recorded two other
breezes since his last outing, stepping four furlongs in :52 1/5 on July
1, and working the same distance in :47
3/5 on July 8.
“He’ll continue to train up at
Saratoga and ship down race day,” Sullivan said.
Verrazano was purchased for $250,000 at the
Keeneland Sept. yearling sale. He races in the colors of Let’s Go
Stable, Tabor, Magnier, and Smith.
and a field likely consisting of Preakness winner Oxbow, Grade 1 winner
Power Broker, and Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul will
travel a mile and an eighth over the main track in the Haskell. Fellow
Pletcher runner Micromanage, winner of the
Long Branch, and the Preakness’s third place finisher Mylute could possibly run in the July 28 Haskell.
VEGAS NO SHOW LOOKS TO WIN JERSEY
DERBY IN FIRST TURF TRY
Vegas No Show is slated to compete in Saturday’s $60,000 Jersey Derby, the oldest derby in
North America, having first been
contested in 1864. Vegas No Show and a field of fellow 3-year-olds will
travel a mile and a sixteenth over the turf, a surface that he will be
attempting for the first time in his 11th
career start. Although Vegas No Show does not have much experience on
grass, Trainer Kelly Breen believes that he has the pedigree to perform
well on the turf.
“Well there’s a little rain in the forecast, but
we’re going to run turf or dirt,” Breen said. “He’s never tried the turf
but his breeding suggests he’ll
like it, so we’re going to try it out.”
A son of Hard Spun and the Lord Carson mare The Hess
Express, Vegas No Show has competed in multiple Grade 2 races, and is
coming off of a strong second
place finish in an allowance event at Delaware Park (July 4) where he
was edged out by a nose at the wire in his first try after a three month
up to that race the George and Lori Hall color-bearer worked four
consecutive bullets. Vegas No Show posted mirror four furlong works
of :47 handily on May 14 and June 18, and worked five furlongs on both
May 21, when he went the distance in :57 handily, and June 25 when he
breezed the 5/8ths in 1:00 3/5. All of these works were along the main
track at Monmouth, the place Vegas No Show calls
Gabriel Saez will be aboard Vegas No Show for the
first time in the Jersey Derby, which goes as race 11 on Saturday’s
JOES VS. JOCKS MINI GOLF FESTIVAL TO KICK-OFF HASKELL WEEKEND
Monmouth Park will host the first-ever Joes vs.
Jocks Mini Golf Festival sponsored by Monmouth Medical Center’s “Roll
Out The Ribbons” campaign on Friday,
July 26 at the new Bluegrass Mini Golf course. The event will serve as
the kickoff to William Hill Haskell Weekend and help raise money and
awareness for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Taking place from 6pm-10pm after the races, the Joes
vs. Jocks Mini Golf Festival will feature mini golf, food trucks, a
live band and much more.
As part of the festival, 36 foursomes will have the opportunity to play 18 holes of mini golf with members of the
Park jockey colony as well as other racing
personalities. Each foursome costs $100 and also includes unlimited
mini golf the rest of the night, a VIP gift bag, commemorative
scorecard, souvenir ball, and prizes to the top finishers.
“On behalf of the
Monmouth Park jockey colony, I’m very excited to be a part of this first-time event,” said 13-time leading
Park jockey Joe Bravo. “I look forward to helping kick off Haskell weekend and being able to play golf with some of the great
Park fans. It’s nice to see Monmouth
Park come up with such an exciting new event for such a great cause.”
For “walk-up” golfers, wristbands for unlimited mini
golf with family and friends will be sold for $20 for adults, $15 for
children 12 and under.
Three food trucks will be in attendance for the Joes vs. Jocks Mini Golf Festival:
Shore staple Max’s Hot Dogs, Pizza Vita – home of award-winning Neapolitan pizza – and Kona Ice Italian Ice.
The festival’s music will be performed live by the
Rachel Allan Band, courtesy of Rockin’ Country Thunder 106.3FM.
Thunder106 will also broadcast live from
the event with multiple games and giveaways throughout the night.
will also be on-site at the event raising money and awareness for their
summer-long “Roll Out The Ribbons” campaign. More information on that
cause can be found at rollouttheribbons.com.
Those interested in purchasing one of the 36
foursomes to play 18 holes of mini golf with Monmouth jockeys and other
racing personalities can find the entry
form at monmouthpark.com. For more information, call
Brian Skirka at 732-571-6595 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.