Multiple graded stakes winner Revolutionary will make his
long-awaited return to the races on Saturday in a one-mile optional
claiming allowance at Gulfstream Park.
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
Carded second on an 11-race program, the race attracted six other
older horses to challenge the 4-year-old son of War Pass, who drew the
rail and will have two-time meet riding champion and Eclipse Award
finalist Javier Castellano aboard.
It will be the first start for Revolutionary since finishing fifth to
stablemate Palace Malice in the Belmont Stakes (G1) last June.
Following the race, owner WinStar Farm opted to give him the rest of the
year off to point for a 2014 campaign.
“He’s progressing really well,” trainer Todd Pletcher said.
“Physically, he’s done great since the Belmont. He’s put on a lot of
weight and filled out and matured, so we’re very pleased with
Revolutionary has been working steadily at Palm Meadows for his
return, with eight published works since mid-November. Most recently, he
went four furlongs in 49.90 seconds over the main track on Jan.
“Mainly with him, it’s just been his physical development,” Pletcher
said. “He’s broadened out and filled out and strengthened and gained
weight. He looks like a 4-year-old now.”
Also entered in Saturday’s race are Falling Sky, winner of the 2013
Sam F. Davis (G3) trained by former Pletcher assistant George Weaver;
2012 Gulfstream Park Derby winner and Florida Derby (G1) runner-up
Reveron; Honorable Dillon, who won the Hutcheson (G2) at Gulfstream last
February; My Adonis, eighth in the Belmont and winless since taking the
Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth last July; Silver Menace and
“We’ve got big goals with him,” Pletcher said. “This first race isn’t
one of those big goals, but we always want to win.”
As a 2-year-old Revolutionary went 1-for-4, not breaking his maiden
until his last start at Aqueduct on Dec. 28, 2012. He began last year
with wins in the Withers (G3) and Louisiana Derby (G2) before finishing
third as the second choice in the Kentucky Derby (G1), beaten 3 ½
lengths by favored Orb.
“His Louisiana Derby was impressive, and he ran a big third in the
Derby and wasn’t beaten that far,” Pletcher said. “I think when he’s on
his game, he’s arguably as good a horse as there is in training. We’re
hoping that proves to be the case this year.”
The short-range goal for Revolutionary is the $500,000 Donn Handicap
(G1) at Gulfstream on Feb. 8. Pletcher has won the Donn three times,
with Graydar (2013), Quality Road (2010) and Harlan’s Holiday
“We’ll see how this race goes,” he said. “Hopefully, this is a
steppingstone toward the Donn, and we’ll go from