Micromanage tops Dover Stakes
Repole Stable’s Micromanage, an impressive winner in his recent career debut at Saratoga, tops the $75,000 Dover Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The mile-and-70-yard event for 2-year-olds has attracted a field of ten. Four colts who have placed in the Dover Stakes have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby the following year. Count Turf won the Dover in 1950; Carry Back finished second in 1960; Foolish Pleasure won in 1974 and Spectacular Bid finished second in 1978.
In his only career outing, Micromanage posted a 5-length triumph in a seven-furlong maiden at Saratoga on September 1. The Kentucky-bred son of Medaglia d’Oro conditioned by Todd Pletcher is a half brother to the multiple graded winning filly Indescriable, who won the Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland in 2009, and Elaflaak, who won a 2-year-old stake in England in 1999.
Another to watch is S.M.D. Limited’s Seventeenohsix. In his third start, the Pennsylvania-bred colt broke his maiden by three lengths going a mile and 70 yards at Delaware Park on September 19. The son of Dance With Ravens is trained by John Servis, who won the 2-year-old filly feature of the meet, the Blue Hen Stakes, last Saturday with Martha’s Moon. Seventeenohsix will be ridden by Jose Caraballo, who sports a record of 16 wins from 43 mounts aboard 2-year-olds at Delaware Park this year.