Super Saver, Interactif Decisions Loom
Updated: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 11:15 AM
Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 3:23 PM
Photo: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes winner Super Saver
Todd Pletcher, who is loaded with several 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders, said he will make decisions on a couple of his star 3-year-olds after their next works.
WinStar Farm’s homebred Super Saver
, winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) in his final start as a juvenile, has had four works at Palm Meadows since returning from a freshening. The son of Maria's Mon
—Supercharger, by A.P. Indy
, turned in his first five-furlong work since going back to the track on Feb. 14. He was clocked in 1:01.40.
“He’s doing well,” Pletcher said. “He’ll have another breeze next week and then we’ll decide where he’ll go. The Gotham (gr. III, March 6 at Aqueduct) and Rebel (gr. II, March 13 at Oaklawn) are both possible. We’ll know a lot more after his next breeze.”
Super Saver has won two of four starts and has earned $171,232.
Pletcher is also close to deciding on a next spot for Wertheimer and Frere’s homebred Interactif
, who when last seen was finishing runner-up by a nose in the Feb. 7 Hallandale Beach Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream Park.
Already with plenty of graded earnings after winning a pair of grade III events on the turf as a 2-year-old and finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. II) at Santa Anita, Pletcher has said that Interactif would likely make his final Kentucky Derby prep in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 3. But the more immediate decision is whether to keep him on grass or return him to dirt in his next start, which should come sometime in mid-March. Interactif, by Broken Vow
, out of the Broad Brush
mare Broad Pennant, broke his maiden on the dirt at Monmouth Park.
“We haven’t decided on him yet,” Pletcher said. “We’ll wait to see his next work before making that decision.”
Interactif has not worked since the Hallandale Beach.
Pletcher is preparing to race several of his top 3-year-olds in stakes around the country on Feb. 20, including Eskendereya
in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (gr. II) at Gulfstream, Discreetly Mine
in the $300,000 Risen Star (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, Mission Impazible
in the $250,000 Southwest (gr. III) at Oaklawn, and Connemara
in the $150,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate.
Also racing for Pletcher that day is talented 3-year-old filly Devil May Care
, who makes her sophomore debut in the $150,000 Silverbulletday (gr. III) at Fair Grounds. A daughter of Malibu Moon owned by Glencrest Farm, Devil May Care has been working in company with recent Sam F. Davis (gr. III) winner Rule and Aikienite—more than holding her own against both.
“She’s a filly I’ve always been high on and one that I thought was top class,” said Pletcher of the 8-5 morning-line favorite. “She was compromised by a surface she didn’t like in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies, gr. I, at Santa Anita when finishing 11th on Nov. 6) but other than that she’s been perfect in every way. I’m looking forward to getting her started.”
Pletcher did not rule out the possibility of racing Devil May Care against colts at some point.
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