Race of the Week 2017

Disposablepleasure Grabbed Quarter in Demoiselle

Disposablepleasure break her maiden by 11 lenghts

Trainer Todd Pletcher revealed Disposablepleasure emerged from her dramatic victory in yesterday’s Grade 2 Demoiselle with a “slight grabbed quarter” but was otherwise doing well Sunday morning.


In the Demoiselle, Disposablepleasure stumbled badly at the start, checked on the far turn, split horses in upper stretch, and battled Wildcat’s Smile to the finish to prevail by a nose.


“I believe [she grabbed a quarter] at the start of the race, but it shouldn’t be anything that will hold her up,” said Pletcher, who trains the 2-year-old filly for Glencrest Farm. “Aside from that, she is in good shape.”


Pletcher lauded Disposablepleasure for her determination.


“I think the stumble alone would have been a significant enough of an excuse for her not to win, or getting stopped at roughly the three-eighths pole as abruptly as she did,” said Pletcher. “Putting the two together, it was an impressive performance for her, or any young horse going 1 1/8 miles the first time.”


Disposablepleasure has made a steady ascent so far in her career, finishing fourth on turf in August at Saratoga Race Course, second in September at Monmouth Park, and first by 11 lengths in October at Belmont Park in three starts prior to the Demoiselle.


“She was a filly we felt like early on wanted to run a route of ground,” said Pletcher. “She has some turf in her pedigree, so with the two-turn options at Saratoga we started off there, but she sort of gradually got a little bit better with every start. Her maiden win was clearly an improvement over her first two starts. So at that point we were looking at the calendar and circled the Demoiselle. Just training up to it was the best plan. There was a little more space than we would have ideally liked, but we felt like it was a safer play than having her final prep too close to the Demoiselle.”


In the other 2-year-old race on the card, the Grade 2 Remsen, El Padrino and Our Entourage respectively finished third and fifth for Pletcher. Two lengths separated the winner, O’Prado Again, from Our Entourage.


El Padrino, owned by Let’s Go Stable, entered the Remsen off two previous starts, including a 12 ¾-length victory in the slop on October 29 at Belmont Park.


“We were pleased with [El Padrino’s] effort,” said Pletcher. “We felt like he was a little bit green being inside horses for most of the race, but he seemed to find his best stride late when he was able to get out in the clear. We were pleased with his finish, and he galloped out very strongly. For a young and inexperienced horse, it was a promising effort.”


Our Entourage has raced on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces, but Pletcher believes the Repole Stable color-bearer will switch back to the grass for his subsequent starts. 


“I think Our Entourage ran well,” said Pletcher. “He only got beaten two lengths. I think yesterday’s race makes us believe that he is probably at his best on the turf, and we’ll probably focus, at least at the beginning of the year, on turf racing. We’ll see how he develops. He was a pretty late foal.”


Pletcher said that Disposablepleasure, El Padrino, and Our Entourage will likely depart for Palm Meadows in Florida on Tuesday. Mike Repole’s Calibrachoa and Caixa Eletronica, respectively third and fifth in yesterday’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap, will remain in New York for the winter.


“I think Calibrachoa will probably not run in the Gravesend [December 17] and will have a little bit of a break,” said Pletcher. “We’ll point for [Aqueduct’s series of sprint] stakes races, and we know he likes Aqueduct. Caixa Eletronica will stay here and we’ll try to find his niche, maybe around two turns.”


Love and Pride, R Gypsy Gold, and Savvy Supreme, third, sixth, and eighth in yesterday’s Grade 1 Gazelle, all exited the race in good order, Pletcher added.




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