At this point in the Kentucky Derby prep season, trainer Todd Pletcher has uncharacteristically not saddled the winner of a 2019 points race. However, the two-time winner of the Run for the Roses did debut an intriguing 3-year-old prospect on Monday at Oaklawn that could prove the key to reversing that trend.
Intrepid Heart, a son of Tapit and half-brother to Belmont runner-up Commissioner, won the one-mile maiden special weight event by 7 3/4 lengths. The race was particularly notable because the colt dueled through considerably quick early fractions of :23.11 and :47.28 before drawing away to stop the clock in 1:38.08.
A $750,000 2-year-old at OBS April, Intrepid Heart will return to Pletcher's winter base in Florida while plans are made for his next start.
#ICYMI Intrepid Heart shook off some pace heat to cruise home in his debut run at @OaklawnRacing on Monday for Todd Pletcher. The 3YO colt made his debut exactly 1 year after Justify made his, so it may not be too late for him to make a name for himself on the Triple Crown Trail. pic.twitter.com/hoxywBpzmg
— XBTV (@WatchXBTV) February 19, 2019
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