Mass Media's 3-year-old son Manicero rolled to a five-length victory in the $75,000 Naked Greed S. Aug. 20 at Calder, getting his fourth stakes win in sixth starts this year, while defeating a group that included Decisive Moment, who ran in this year's Kentucky Derby (G1).
It was his first try around two turns, and bolstered his career record to seven wins in 10 starts. Manicero's big move in the one-mile Naked Greed came on the far turn, when he slipped through along the rail coming into the stretch, then drew off in the final furlong to stop the clock in 1:39.41.
Trained by Leo Azpurua, Jr. for his father Leo, Sr., Manicero was bred in Florida by Roberto Sanson. The dark bay colt has now earned $324,008, with six stakes wins, including a seven furlong track record performance at Tampa Bay Downs in April.
“I felt confident that he would go two turns because of the way he won his races at seven-eighths and galloped out,” said Azpurua. “He won two of three (going seven furlongs) and was eliminated at the start in the other one (Grade 2 Hutcheson S.) at Gulfstream. I didn’t want to stretch him out until later in the season. I passed on the El Kaiser S. here three weeks ago because I was really looking to try him on grass, but obviously he’s good on dirt. We’ll look at options here and out of town from here.”
Mass Media is Florida's fourth-ranked second-crop sire this year. Manicero is his leading earner and has accounted for three of his sire's seven stakes wins thus far in 2011.
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