Florida Derby Followup: Supah Blitz Has Mucous in Lungs
Date Posted: 3/17/2003 2:45:58 PM

Edited Gulfstream Park release
Trainer Manny Tortora reported that Supah Blitz, a 3-year-old son of Mecke--Boots N' Jackie who finished a tiring fourth in the Florida Derby (gr. I), has a breathing problem.

"We scoped him after the race and found some mucous in his lungs," Tortora said. " We'll see how he comes out of this before we decide where his next start will be."

Supah Blitz was second to Trust N Luck in the grade I Fountain of Youth in his previous start. He had a good trip up the rail and managed to close some ground in the stretch that day. On Saturday, he had the same ground-saving ride under Rosemary Homeister, Jr. but didn't respond in the stretch as was expected by his connections.

Meanwhile, Jose Cuevas, assistant to trainer Bobby Frankel, reported that both Empire Maker and grade III Swale Stakes winner Midas Eyes were in fine shape Monday morning. Both horses walked the shed row and will fly back to Hollywood Park Tuesday, leaving at 8 a.m. (Eastern).

Trainer Todd Pletcher said Indy Dancer, a late-closing third to Empire Maker in the Florida Derby after being as many as 25 lengths off the lead down the backside, would probably make his next start in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.

Elsewhere in Florida over the weekend, Pletcher-trained Aristocat finished a strong second in the grade III Tampa Bay Derby. "He is still learning," Pletcher said. "He finished well at the end. Our next spot for him will probably be the Blue Grass (gr. I, at Keeneland on April 12)."

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