Micromanage Set for Another Distance Test

Micromanage Set for Another Distance Test
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Micromanage won the 1 3/4-mile Birdstone Stakes on August 7.
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After rolling to the easiest of victories in the 1 3/4-mile Birdstone Stakes, Micromanage will cut back to a mere 1 1/2 miles when the 4-year-old Medaglia d'Oro   colt faces an expected nine other rivals in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 1 at Parx Racing.

After winning the 1 3/16-mile Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park early in the year, Repole Stable's Micromanage has excelled at longer distances this season. He registered a close second in the 1 1/2-mile Brooklyn Invitational Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park along with his dominating Birdstone triumph Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course for multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher.

There is a chance Micromanage will instead opt for Saturday's Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, where he is cross-entered and an 8-1 morning-line choice.

In Monday's race for 3-year-olds and up, Micromanage has been assigned 122 pounds, making him the co-highweight with Peruvian group I winner Lideris, who will be making his third start in the United States.

Lideris failed to place in either of his first two U.S. efforts, the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes (gr. I) and the Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar. A son of Mizzen Mast  , Lideris won this year's Gran Premio Asociation Latinoamericana de Jockey Clubes E Hipodromos (Per-I).

The Greenwood also has attracted the Birdstone runner-up, Shadwell Stable's Irsaal, a son of More Than Ready  ; and grade III-placed Abraham, by Distorted Humor  , who enters off a pair of clear victories in allowance/optional claiming races at Belmont Park and Saratoga. 

The Greenwood is one of four stakes, three of which are graded, scheduled for Labor Day at Parx.

Greenwood Cup S. (gr. III)

Parx Racing, Monday, September 01, 2014, Race 9
  • 1 1/2m
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:09 PM (local)
1Sailor's Revenge (PA)Jose Luis Flores117Ramon Preciado
2Ever Rider (ARG)Kerwin D. Clark117Marya K. Montoya
3Abraham (KY)Junior Alvarado119William I. Mott
4Cary Street (KY)Miguel Mena117Brendan P. Walsh
5Slim Pickins (KY)Inoel Beato114Keith Nations
6Irsaal (VA)Paco Lopez119Kiaran P. McLaughlin
7Micromanage (KY)Joe Bravo122Todd A. Pletcher
8Adirondack King (KY)Kendrick Carmouche114John C. Servis
9Call Me George (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.114Grant T. Forster
10Lideris (KY)Martin A. Pedroza122Peter Miller

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