Marconi closed out last Saturday's Belmont Stakes Racing Festival with a victory in the Grade 2 Woodford Reserve Brooklyn Invitational, earning his first graded stakes win for owners Bridlewood Farm, Mr. and Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.
Conditioner Todd Pletcher reported the 4-year-old Tapit colt has exited the race in good order.
“He actually came back really well,” said Pletcher. “He was quite full of himself even the morning after for having run in the last race of the day. At six the next morning he was rearing to go.”
Purchased for $2 million as a yearling at the Keeneland September Sale, Marconi broke his maiden in his second start in 2017 at Aqueduct as a juvenile and didn't reach the winner's circle again until March of this year in his seventh career start, with a victory in the Skip Away at Gulfstream Park.
Since then, he was won back-to-back races at Belmont with victories in the Flat Out on May 9 and in the Brooklyn.
“He's really matured and come into his own,” said Pletcher. “Right now we're targeting the [Grade 2, $700,000] Suburban [July 6] and we'll go towards targeting a summer campaign for him from there.”
Another 4-year-old from the Pletcher barn who has hit his best form of late is Vino Rosso for owners Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable. The Curlin colt won his first two starts as a juvenile before capturing the 2018 Grade 2 Wood Memorial and wrapped up his 3-year-old campaign with a fifth-place running in the Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga Race Course.
He has visited the winner's circle twice in threeo starts this year, winning the Stymie on March 9 at Aqueduct and most recently earning his first career Grade 1, shipping out west to win the Gold Cup at Santa Anita on May 27.
Pletcher said he will point Vino Rosso to the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney on August 3 at the Spa.
“He's going to have his first breeze back Saturday,” said Pletcher. “Heading into California we were keeping an eye on a number of different options before entering the Gold Cup and it just seemed like he was doing right and ready to run. The travel arrangements worked out easily and it just seemed like the right race to try. Right now, we're pointing him for the Whitney.”
Three Diamonds Farm's flashy juvenile maiden winner Kiss the Girl, purchased for $210,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale, graduated by 4 ½ lengths in her debut on Wednesday.
Three Diamonds Farm currently leads all owners at the Belmont spring meet with 31 starts. Pletcher said the burgeoning stable star will next point to the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville at Saratoga.
“It's nice for Three Diamond's Farm as they like to run their horses and support the industry as a whole. She had trained well and we were hoping for a good effort. I'm glad she delivered,” said Pletcher. “Kirk Wycoff [owner Three Diamonds Farm] selected her by himself in Timonium. I think she was the sale topper. She's a pretty filly by Into Mischief and we sent her down to my Dad's [Jake Pletcher] to break her and she came in and caught on to everything quickly and was ready to go. We'll look to go to the Schuylerville from here.”
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint champion Bulletin is also expected to breeze Saturday for his first work back since running fourth in the William Walker at Churchill Downs on April 27. He will target a start in the Grade 3, $100,000 Quick Call on Thursday, July 11, Opening Day at Saratoga.
Lastly, Pletcher reported Grade 1 Belmont Stakes entrants Spinoff, who finished sixth, beaten three-lengths for owners Wertheimer and Frere and Intrepid Heart for Lawana and Robert Low, who ran eighth, would each be pointed to either the $100,000 Curlin [July 26] or Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy [July 27], both at nine furlongs at Saratoga.
“They both have come back well,” added Pletcher. “I thought they both ran hard. Right now, we're targeting Saratoga for each of them. They're both eligible for the Curlin and also the Jim Dandy, so we'll target both see where we enter.”
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