Trainer Todd Pletcher had three of his Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands contenders work a half-mile the morning of April 11 at Palm Meadows in Florida: Discreetly Mine, Misson Impazible, and Rule.
Joyce Robsham’s Discreetly Mine, winner of the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) went in :51; Twin Creek Racing Stable’s Mission Impazible , the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) went in :49 1/5; and WinStar Farm’s Rulewas clocked in :49 4/5.
All three have solid credentials and appear assured of a berth in the Kentucky Derby with sufficient graded stakes earnings, but Pletcher also trains the favorite in Zayat Stable’s Eskendereya, brilliant winner of the Feb. 20 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at and April 3 Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct.
Eskendereya has won all three of his starts this year, scoring in a one-mile allowance over the Gulfstream track on Jan. 7 before the Fountain of Youth. Eskendereya was returned to Palm Meadows after the Wood and tentative plans call for him to work next Sunday (April 18) there before shipping to Kentucky on April 20.
While the three Pletcher-trained colts had relatively easy breezes the morning of April 11 it was Glencrest Stable’s 3-year-old filly Devil May Carethat earned the “bullet” for a half-mile in 47 3/5 as the trainer keeps her on edge for her date in the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). The daughter of Malibu Moon was a 2 ¾-length winner of the March 20 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II).
Pletcher had three other 3-year-old Derby hopefuls that raced April 10 with mixed results. WinStar Farm’s Super Saver ran a big race to finish second by a neck in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park, and Wertheimer et Frere’s Interactifand Dogwood Stable’s Aikenite checked in fourth and eighth, respectively, in the Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).