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What's Next for Stay Thirsty?

Grade 3 Gotham hero Stay Thirsty, Grade 3 Tom Fool victor Calibrachoa and Fred “Cappy” Capossela winner Sensational Slam all came out of Saturday’s stakes wins in great shape, assistant Jonathan Thomas reported from trainer Todd Pletcher’s barn.


“They look great, they ate their dinners up, and their energy level is good,” said Thomas Sunday morning at Belmont Park, where the trio was relaxing after having taken three of the four stakes Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. “It was just one of those rare days when everything went according to plan. We were confident in our horses, but everything fell into place. At the end of the day, you’re pinching yourself.”


The Gotham was the first race as a 3-year-old for Stay Thirsty, who like early Kentucky Derby favorite Uncle Mo, is owned by Mike Repole. Now 2-2-0 from five starts, the Bernardini colt has $200,000 in graded stakes earnings, $150,000 for the Gotham and $50,000 from his runner-up finish in the Three Chimneys Hopeful behind Boys At Tosconova.


“As a fan of racing, to me, coming off a huge layoff, breaking poorly, going wide on the first turn, it was an impressive effort,” said Thomas. “He ran like a horse asking for distance.”


Stay Thirsty will return to Pletcher’s barn at Palm Meadows training center, most likely on Tuesday, to prepare for his next start, either the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on April 3 or the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 16. Uncle Mo, who will make his 2011 debut on Saturday in the Timely Writer at Gulfstream, is pointed toward the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial on April 9 at Aqueduct.


Both Calibrachoa (pronounced cal-EEE-brah-choa) and Sensational Slam will remain in New York to work toward their next starts on Wood Memorial Day in the Grade 1 Carter and the Grade 3 Bay Shore, respectively, said Thomas.


Calibrachoa, who was claimed for $40,000 by Pletcher for Repole last November 18, earned his third straight stakes win over the Big A’s inner track. The 4-year-old Southern Image colt previously won the Gravesend on December 18 and the Grade 3 Toboggan on January 22.


The 3-year-old Sensational Slam, owned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, also earned his third stakes win in the “Cappy” Capossela, having taken a pair of Canadian-bred stakes as a 2-year-old.




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