Maiden Winner Intrepid Heart Could Boost Pletcher Squad For 2019 Kentucky Derby

by | 02.19.2019 | 4:10pm
Intrepid Heart breaks his maiden at Oaklawn Park

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.

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