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Breeders' Cup 2017

Corfu, Trail Blaze Target Hutcheson

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 1:00.90.            

“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 fashion.            

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. 20.            

“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 Aqueduct.            

“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 and see.”            

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.

 

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