Eskendereya, winner of the Wood Memorial (gr. I) in his last start, will ship to Churchill Downs April 20, where he will have his final work for the
Trainer Todd Pletcher had tentatively scheduled the Zayat Stable colt to work Sunday morning at Palm Meadows before boarding a plane Tuesday for the flight to Louisville, but weather forecast for possible heavy rain caused the trainer to call an audible and move the work up to Saturday.
With exercise rider Patty Berry in the saddle, Eskendereya worked by himself, posting splits of :13, :25, and :37 2/5, galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 2/5 and seven furlongs in 1:29 3/5.
“It rained here last night and the track was about a second slower than usual,” said Pletcher after the work, “I was very pleased with the way he and all of our other horses worked. He (Eskendereya) went just like he did before the Wood (Memorial). Everything has gone as planned so far.”
Also working for trainer Todd Pletcher at Palm Meadows were
Discreetly Mine, winner of the Risen Star (gr. III) and fourth in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), drilled five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 handily.