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Florida Derby (G1) Winner Always Dreaming Back to Work

Apr 14, 2017
BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Always Dreaming, an impressive winner of the Florida Derby April 1 at Gulfstream Park, worked for the first time Friday since his five-length victory in the $1 million event.

Under regular rider John Velazquez, Always Dreaming worked a half-mile in :49.90 after an opening quarter in :26.44 and galloped out 1:02.55, as timed by Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Welsch. Always Dreaming worked outside Appleton (G3) winner All Included at approximately 6:50 a.m. at Palm Beach Downs.

“I thought he settled well considering the first part was a little on the slow side. He finished up strongly, galloped out impressively,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “Based from what we were seeing in the morning the track is not super-fast. The longer you’re here the more you kind of get used to this track. It’s a little bit quirky in some ways, in can be a little inside bias, sometimes not produce real fast times. But we like it a lot. Knock on wood, it’s been a very safe surface for us. It seems like a lot of horses thrive through the winter here.

“(Always Dreaming) is one of the exceptions in terms of horses who consistently win breezes whether he’s on the inside or outside of horses. It was, I thought, a very good breeze. I liked the way he finished the last quarter in 23-and-change and seemed to cool out quickly and recover quickly.”

Always Dreaming, a son of Bodemeister, raced twice as a 2-year-old before breaking his maiden Jan. 25 at Tampa Bay Downs by 11 ½ lengths. The colt then won by four lengths at Gulfstream March 4 before his victory in the Florida Derby.

Pletcher said he had not decided whether Always Dreaming would remain in South Florida and work one more time at Palm Beach before shipping to Kentucky for the May 6 Kentucky Derby (G1).

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