Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) winner Divisidero breezed a half-mile in :49.80 Sunday morning on the Matt Winn Turf Course in preparation for Saturday’s $ 1 million Manhattan Stakes (GI) at Belmont Park.
“This was a really nice work,” trainer “Buff” Bradley said. “We had Chris Landeros breeze him (Sunday) morning and I told him to start nice and easy but let him go down the lane.
“When I saw him get to the top of the stretch, he was moving great. You could visibly see him pick up his stride and it was a very solid work. This horse was doing so well at Churchill prior to last year’s Manhattan but he seems to have a different attitude this year. He’s been bucking and playing in the mornings and you can tell he’s ready to go.”
Jockey Julien Leparoux rode Divisidero to victory in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic but committed to ride World Approval in the Manhattan for trainer Mark Casse.
“We picked up John Velazquez to ride,” Bradley said. “You’re not in the worst place when you get a Hall of Fame rider to pick up the mount.
“Our end goal with Divisidero is the Breeders’ Cup but there are a lot of options we’ll look at between now and then. Races like the Arlington Million (GI) are a possibility but we’ll keep our options open.”
Divisidero is scheduled to leave for Belmont Park on Tuesday morning.
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