Revolutionary Headed to Palm Meadows

Revolutionary (#2) with Javier Castellano splits horses to win the 133rd running of the Grade 3 Withers Stakes for 3-year olds, going 1 1/16 on the inner dirt, at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trainer Todd Pletcher. Owner Winstar Farms
Both of trainer Todd Pletcher’s sophomores emerged from their victories Saturday at Aqueduct in good order as their connections began outlining the next steps in their promising careers.


Revolutionary, whose late charge carried him past Escapefromreality after an eventful trip in the Grade 3, $200,000 Withers, will depart for Pletcher’s Florida base at Palm Meadows training center on Tuesday to prepare for any one of a number of final preps for the May 4 Kentucky Derby. Among the possibilities are the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on April 6 at the Big A.


WinStar president, CEO and racing manager Elliott Walden called the War Pass colt’s journey – in which he trailed in eighth through a pedestrian half-mile in 48.18, rounded the turn in traffic, came off the fence heading into the stretch, ducked back inside with 300 yards to go, split rivals in the lane and came charging late to win by a neck – highly educational.


“I was watching the replay of the race a little while ago, and there was nothing good about it except for the last two or three jumps,” agreed Pletcher’s assistant, Michael McCarthy. “That may have been one of the worst winning trips I’ve ever seen.”


Revolutionary’s stablemate, Princess of Sylmar, has a much easier time as she rolled by seven lengths in the $100,000 Busher, her fourth straight win, all around two turns. Next up for the Majestic Warrior filly will be Aqueduct’s Grade 2, $250,000 Gazelle on April 6, said McCarthy.


“It doesn’t seem, by watching her out here this morning, that the race took much out of her,” he said. “She’ll have a nice bit of a break until the first Saturday in April for the Gazelle. She’ll get back to work a few weeks before. Hopefully we can get lucky again and work towards a spot in the [May 3] Kentucky Oaks.


“The way she finishes her races you’d have to think 1 1/8 miles would be well within her scope, maybe even a little further, during the summer,” he added. “I think we’ll get a good gauge of where we’re at in the Gazelle with other horses shipping in from the south.”


McCarthy added that Johannesburg Smile, who in his first start for Pletcher and owner Mike Repole finished second to Head Heart Hoof in the Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan, emerged from his effort in good order as well but said that no plans had been made for his next start.




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