Blinkers Likely For Stay Thirsty In Florida Derby
By Ed Gray
BOYNTON BEACH, FL -- After watching Stay Thirsty breeze five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 in company with a stablemate at Palm Meadows Sunday Morning, trainer Todd Pletcher will likely make an equipment change for next Sunday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.
“He was a little green on the inside of another horse, and we’re thinking of putting blinkers on him for the Florida Derby,” Pletcher said. “He was just a little intimidated with another horse kind of eyeballing him from the outside.”
Stay Thirsty’s workout was the sixth fastest of 26 recorded at the distance. The son of Bernardini captured the Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct in his most recent start.
Pletcher sent out early Kentucky Derby favorite Uncle Mo for a half-mile workout later Sunday morning. The 2010 juvenile champion, who was accompanied by a couple of workmates, breezed four furlongs in :49 2/5. The clocking was ranked 26th of 55 recorded at the distance, but the work was designed more for experience than speed.
“I thought he worked extremely well. He was full of run throughout,” Pletcher said. “We were just putting him behind a couple horses getting him used to a little dirt, which we did once with him as a 2-year-old. It was just a maintenance have, outside of that.”
Uncle Mo, who won the Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream impressively in his first start of the year, is expected to run next in the Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct on April 9.
Soldat Strong in Florida Derby Preparation
Soldat made a strong appearance during and after a five-furlong workout at Palm Meadows Sunday morning, The Fountain of Youth (G2) victor was clocked in 1:00 4/5 well within himself before galloping out to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s complete satisfaction.
“He worked great. He worked excellent and galloped out strong. We’re happy with the work. It was perfect,” McLaughlin said. “He’s just doing well.”
Soldat, whose clocking was ranked fifth of 26 at the distance, has won both of his starts at Gulfstream Park this year.