Trainer Todd Pletcher reported Sunday morning that 2018 Florida Derby (G1) winner Audible was in good shape following his fifth-place finish from Post 10 in the Pegasus World Cup under Flavien Prat, aboard for the first time.
“He came out of the race well. I thought he ran a courageous race and kept trying to the wire. I think the 10 post compromised his chances for a little closer finish,” Pletcher said. “We couldn't quite get the position we were wanting into the first turn and he kind of got hung out pretty much on both turns.
“Certainly wasn't going to win or maybe even be second, but talking to Flavien afterward and watching the replay several times and kind of looking at the ground that he lost compared to some of the horses that finished in front of him, maybe with an inside draw or the ability to maneuver an inside trip I think it could have provided him with a better finish,” he added. “The winner was certainly much the best on the day, but I think Audible tried hard.”
Pletcher said the $12 million Dubai World Cup (G1) March 30 at Meydan Racecourse remains a possibility for Audible, owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners.
“I think we'll give it a little time to see how he bounces out of it and talk to everyone,” he said. “Going into the race, we had mentioned Dubai as a possibility and I think that he ran well enough that that's still on the table. The [Pegasus] first and third-place finishers are retired so that won't hurt his chances moving forward, either. We'll get together with all the connections after a little while and make a decision.”
Stronach Stables' multiple graded-stakes winning millionaire Something Awesome raced in contention for six furlongs before dropping back to be 10th under Hall of Famer Edgar Prado. The 8-year-old gelding was doing well enough Sunday to return to the track for trainer Jose Corrales, who said both he and 6-year-old two-time stakes-winning stablemate Unbridled Juan will return to their home base of Maryland by the end of the week.
“Something Awesome came out very good. He ran with them. He's an 8-year-old horse. We jogged him today and he looked fresh, so it didn't take as much out of him as I expected,” Corrales said. “He ran good all the way into the stretch. I got excited, and then something bothered him.
“When I talked to Edgar he said when he was making the last move coming to the quarter pole, another horse bumped him a little bit and took his air out or something like that,” he added. “I was thinking he bled, the way he stopped because he shouldn't have stopped the way he did. I was thinking we could run third. But after Edgar told me that, he said he didn't want to keep riding because he thought the horse bled.”
Gunnevera exited his sixth-place finish in good order, said Jesus Prada, assistant to trainer Antonio Sano. A trip to Dubai is not planned for Gunnevera.
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