Pletcher Takes Wait-And-See Approach On Kentucky Derby Shippers

by | 04.09.2019 | 12:29pm
Todd Pletcher

Trainer Todd Pletcher, in town for today's Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale, has not finalized plans for shipping his Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls from Florida to Churchill Downs.

The two-time Derby winner has Sunland Park Derby (G3) winner Cutting Humor and Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Spinoff among the top 20 points leaders to qualify for the Run for the Roses.

“They are both doing well at Palm Beach Downs (training center) and they will have a couple of works there,” Pletcher said. “I have not decided on shipping. We will keep an eye on the weather, but recent history shows it is not necessary to have a work over the track.”


Pletcher, who has won the Kentucky Oaks (G1) three times, might have a runner this year in Repole Stable's Always Shopping, who won the Gazelle (G2) last Saturday at Aqueduct.

“I'm going to talk with Mr. Repole. She is not 100 percent certain to run in the Oaks,” Pletcher said. “If she doesn't run in the Oaks, it will be the Black-Eyed Susan ([G2] on May 17 at Pimlico).”

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