Meet-leading trainer Todd Pletcher may saddle both Grade 2 winner
Corfu and Trail Blaze, fourth in the Spectacular Bid at Gulfstream on
Jan. 4, in the $200,000 Hutcheson (G2) on Saturday.
Both colts breezed five furlongs at Palm Meadows on Sunday; Trail
Blaze went in a bullet 1:00.70 while Corfu ranked second with a time of
“They worked well. We’ll see how they come out of it and go from
there,” Pletcher said. “They’re both under consideration.”
Corfu, by Malibu Moon, is winless in four starts since breaking his
maiden at first asking at Saratoga Race Course last summer and coming
back to win the Saratoga Special (G2), both in gate-to-wire
Second in the Futurity (G2) at Belmont Park in the fall, he was most
recently last of six, beaten 17 ¼ lengths, in the six-furlong
Spectacular Bid. He has worked once on the turf at Palm Meadows on Jan.
“We’re trying to regain that [2-year-old form],” Pletcher said. “I
think we made a tactical error and probably sent him a little too hard
last time. As it turned out, speed wasn’t all that great on the day.
He’s probably a little better than that race looks.”
Trail Blaze broke a step slow and tired to be fourth, beaten 10
lengths, in the Spectacular Bid which was just his second lifetime
start. He was a professional 4 ½-length maiden winner on Nov. 20 at
“I think he did run pretty well. I think six furlongs, even though he
broke his maiden at 5 ½, I think that’s a little short for him,”
Pletcher said. “He was just trying to stay maybe a little closer to a
hot pace than he needed to. He came back and I thought he breezed well
the other day. I’d like to stretch him out a little bit and there’s not
an ideal allowance race in the books, so we’ll take a look at this race
Also working on Sunday for Pletcher were Catron, who went five
furlongs in 1:01.30 and is being considered for the $100,000 Gulfstream
Park Sprint (G3) on Feb. 8; Commissioner, being pointed to the $400,000
Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2), who went a half-mile in 49.40
seconds; and Grade 1 winner Palace Malice, timed for a half in 50.50.