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Breeders' Cup 2017

Eskendereya Works at Palm Meadows

Fountain of Youth (G2) winner and likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1) Eskendereya worked Saturday morning at Palm Meadows in his final work in Florida before shipping to Kentucky on Tuesday.

Trainer Todd Pletcher had tentatively scheduled Zayat Stable’s Eskendereya to work Sunday morning at Palm Meadows before boarding a plane Tuesday for the flight to Louisville, but weather forecast for possible heavy rain caused the trainer to call an audible and move the work up to Saturday.

With exercise rider Patty Berry in the saddle, Eskendereya was timed five furlongs in 1:02 going alone after posting splits of 13, 25, 37 2/5, 1:02 while galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 2/5 and seven furlongs in 1:29 3/5.

“It rained here last night and the track was about a second slower than usual,” said Pletcher after the work, “I was very pleased with the way he and all of our other horses worked. He (Eskendereya) went just like he did before the Wood (Memorial). Every thing has gone as planned so far.”

Also working five-eighths Saturday morning for Pletcher were E. Paul Robsham Stable’s Discreetly Mine (1:01 4/5), Twin Creek Racing Stable’s Mission Impazible (1:02) and WinStar Farm’s Rule (1:02 3/5). Mission Impazible and Rule worked in company. All are assured a berth in the Kentucky Derby with sufficient graded stakes earnings and will also ship to Louisville on the Tuesday flight.

The imposing Pletcher work team getting their final workouts before shipping north also included Glencrest Farm’s 3-year-old filly Devil May Care (1:01) as she prepares for the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (G1) on Fri., Apr. 30 at Churchill, and older stakes stars Overbrook Farm’s Battle Plan (51 1/5) and Mrs. Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Munnings (48 3/5).

Another prominent 3-year-old not trained by Pletcher listed on the work tab Saturday morning at Palm Meadows was Edward P. Evans’ A Little Warm, timed five furlongs 1:02 for trainer Anthony Dutrow. The Virginia homebred son of Stormin Fever finished a game second last out in the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds on Mar. 27, beaten three-quarters of a length by Pletcher-trained Mission Impazible.

A Little Warm began his 2010 campaign winning the six-furlong Spectacular Bid Stakes on Jan. 8 and finishing second in the seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes (G2) on Feb. 20 at Gulfstream before being tried around two turns for the first time in Louisiana. He currently ranks 25th on the graded stakes earnings list for Derby prospects and will need help to secure a Derby berth 

 

 

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Older Comments about Eskendereya Works at Palm Meadows...

True Wisdom-Humphrey. I learned that lesson the year War Emblem won the Derby on the front end after a 119 Beyers-IL Derby effort.
It took Beyer a long time to learn what many never learn: IT is not about horses running fast but HOW fast horses run. Energy distribution won that race.
Nice 22&3 last quarter.

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