Constitution emerged from his courageous victory in Saturday’s $1
million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park in good
order, reported trainer Todd Pletcher. “He came out of (the Florida
Derby) really well. He returned home to Palm Meadows this morning and
seemed to be in good shape,” said Pletcher Sunday afternoon while being
honored as the leading trainer Gulfstream’s Champions Meet for the 11th
Undefeated in three career starts, all coming during Gulfstream
Park’s Champions Meet, Constitution saved ground behind pacesetter
Wildcat Red before slipping through an opening along the rail turning
for home and going on to win a stretch battle with the Besilu Stables
Fountain of Youth (G2) winner by a neck.
The Kentucky-bred colt was making his stakes debut in the Florida
Derby, while running 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.16 under Javier Castellano, who
was honored Sunday for winning his third consecutive Champions Meet
title in a row. “He's a horse that has progressed a lot over the winter.
He broke his maiden in January, won an allowance in February and he won
the Florida Derby in just his third start--that's pretty impressive,”
said Pletcher, who trains the son of Tapit for the partnership of Twin
Creeks Racing Stables and WinStar Farm.
Constitution will continue to train for Triple Crown at Palm Meadows,
Gulfstream Park’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County. For
how long has yet to be determined.
“I’m not a 100 percent sure yet. I’m thinking about 12 days before.
I’d like to have one work at Churchill,” Pletcher said. “I’ll just have
to see how the weather is here and how the weather is there. I’ll have
to see how things go about flight arrangements and things like