Revolutionary returns in classy allowance

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This time last year Revolutionary was high up on the Kentucky Derby lists of many in the industry. Highly regarded from the start, the son of War Pass went to post in his first 6 career starts as the favorite. Despite the fact that it took the colt four attempts to break his maiden, bettors and fans alike were still firmly in the colt’s corner when he made his stakes, and incidentally 2013, debut in the G3 Withers. The well-bred colt ran to his odds, getting the win by a mere neck after trailing the field as they turned for home and then weaving through traffic.
He then took that form on the road, earning his second graded stakes in the G2 Louisiana Derby the hard way. Twelfth of fourteen at the half mile call, Revolutionary advanced into sixth by the three-quarter mile call. As the field exited the turn for home, the son of War Pass announced his presence with a wide, sweeping move that wheeled him five wide entering the stretch. After making such a bold move, the colt still had the stretch run in front of him, and he proved incredibly game that day. Despite Mylute charging hard to his outside as the duo distanced themselves from their next rival, Revolutionary dug in and held on to win by a neck…again.
Entering the Kentucky Derby, Revolutionary was again well bet, but for the first time in his career, he did not enter the starting gate as the post time favorite. No, favoritism that day went to Orb, who had absolutely owned the Gulfstream preps. Orb also had been one of the colts that beat Revolutionary in his first three attempts to break his maiden, and the roles would not be reversed on the first Saturday in May despite Revolutionary’s best efforts. Like the winner, Revolutionary was well back in the early stages of the race. With the other late runners, Revolutionary began to pick off rivals as the field hit the far turn. Following Golden Soul, Revolutionary with Calvin Bo-rail in the irons, moved up the rail to grab third as the field hit the wire in the slopping running of the 139th Kentucky Derby.
Following his third place finish in the Kentucky Derby, Revolutionary ran just one more time. Despite looming large at the top of the stretch, Revolutionary was unable to make much headway in the stretch and finished an even fifth. At that point, owner WinStar Farm and trainer Todd Pletcher decided to shelve the dual graded stakes winner for the remainder of the year in order to give him a chance to mature and grow. Seven months later and fans are finally getting to see what they feared would not actually come to pass…Revolutionary’s return to the starting gate.
Revolutionary—Slated to face 6 classy rivals in Race 2 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, the Pletcher trainee drew the rail in his 2014 debut and will retain the services of jockey Javier Castellano for the NW3X. Though he hasn’t raced since the Belmont, the colt has been steadily training up to his return. He most recently worked an easy 4 furlongs in 49:90 (26/59) at Palm Meadows, where he has been turning in regular breezes since mid-November. Based on who he is facing, the colt should be sent off as the favorite despite never having previously raced at Gulfstream and having a running style that does not generally do well at the South Florida track.
Reveron—By Songandaprayer, Reveron looked dangerous during the latter part of 2011 and into the beginning of 2012. He won the inaugural running of the Gulfstream Park Derby, ran 3rd in that year’s Sam F. Davis, and then ran 2nd to upset winner Take Charge Indy in the 2012 Florida Derby. The colt was very close to making the Kentucky Derby field, but a hairline fracture in his left front ankle ended his 3-year old campaign. Since returning to the races back in November, Reveron has not shown his old form. He ran sixth in an optional claimer and then sixth behind record setting River Seven in the Harlan’s Holiday. He is eligible to improve third off the layoff, and the cutback to a mile may help.
Honorable Dillon—This 4-year old son of Tapit likes the Gulfstream track, but the distance is a bit of a question mark for him. In his only try past 7 furlongs, the colt finished 7th going a mile and a sixteenth in the Tampa Bay Derby last year.  He received a freshening after finishing 8th in the G2 Woody Stephens and was last seen finishing 2nd in an optional claimer at Aqueduct on December 4. The return to Gulfstream should further improve his form, but I see this one filling out the exotics rather than coming home the winner.
My Adonis—No stranger to stakes company, My Adonis is a stakes winner in his own right, accounting for a pair of listed stakes earlier in his career. Since capturing the Long Branch in July 2012, though, he has not returned to the winner’s circle, even after dropping back into allowance company. He has been working lights out at Palm Meadows, but I don’t see him making an impact against this field.
Silver Menace—This gray son of Silver Wagon hails from the same connections as Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man but has not been anywhere near as successful as his stablemate. Though his form has improved as of late, it won’t be enough to get the job done at a track and a distance with which he has had no success.
Viramundo—An intact son of Stephen Got Even, Kentucky bred Viramundo began his career in Panama. All 5 of his wins came in that country, and his best placing since arriving Stateside was a third place finish behind Golden Lad, a half to Broadway’s Alibi. Ordinarily I would dismiss this one, but trainer Martin Wolfson has a way of turning horses around, and that third place finish came since being transferred to Wolfson’s barn. He is not a top play by any means, but he is an intriguing entrant.
Falling Sky—Winner of last year’s Sam F. Davis Stakes, Falling Sky has not tried the mile distance but has won going a little longer and a little shorter. A son of Lion Heart, this colt is perfect in one start at Gulfstream. After finishing 19th in the Kentucky Derby, Falling Sky was given a breather and returned to the races back in November. He finished 9th in the City of Laurel, but it could be argued that he needed a race. He has been working steadily at Palm Beach Downs, where his last 3 works earned bullet status.
Revolutionary is the most accomplished in the field, but this certainly will not be a walk in the park for him. In my opinion, in order for Revolutionary to really have a good shot, he will need to be closer to the pace than he generally has been in past performances. Despite the layoff, I give him the nod here with Honorable Dillon, Falling Sky, and Reveron filling out the superfecta. 


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He did not win by much, but it was a solid return for Revolutionary. Castellano had Falling Sky measured.
Revolutionary is one of those rare very likeable, easy to root for all-grit horses. I wish him well in his rerurn, and I hope he sticks around for awhile.
I am hoping that Revolutionary becomes a star in the 2014 Older Horse division!
Always been a fan of this one ... hope he comes back good!

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