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Verrazano's Local Owners Excited About Haskell

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Verrazano is set for the $1,000,000 William Hill Haskell on July 28, Monmouth 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.

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 Saratoga, 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.  

Hell 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.

Verrazano 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 layoff.

Leading 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 home.

Gabriel Saez will be aboard Vegas No Show for the first time in the Jersey Derby, which goes as race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card.  

 

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 Monmouth 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 Monmouth Park jockey Joe Bravo.  “I look forward to helping kick off Haskell weekend and being able to play golf with some of the great Monmouth 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:  Jersey 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. 

Title sponsor Monmouth Medical Center 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 bskirka@monmouthpark.com.

           

 

 

 

 

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