Calling the :58.91 move "as good as a horse could work," trainer Todd Pletcher expressed great pleasure with the five-furlong performance of Cowtown Cat over the Keeneland Polytrack Saturday morning.
The work was the second of 33 at that distance.
The work time was caught by trainer Todd Pletcher, who worked the son of Distorted Humor in company with the 4-year-old filly Magnificent Song. Exercise rider Loren Robson was in the irons aboard Cowtown Cat.
"It was as good as anything we could ask for," said trainer Todd Pletcher shortly after the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter crossed the wire. "It was a very, very good work. I'm pleased."
According to Pletcher, Cowtown Cat clocked the last quarter in :23.03, while galloping out in 1:11.69.
Jockey Fernando Jara will have the mount in the Derby.
Owned in partnership by Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner's WinStar Farm and Jerry Bailey and Lance Robsinson's Gulf Coast Farms, Cowtown Cat was produced from the Storm Cat mare Tom's Cat.
Cowtown Cat most recently won the Illinois Derby (gr. II) and has four wins from seven lifetime starts. He has earned $488,463.
Also on the Pletcher worktab Saturday morning were Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopefuls Octave and Cotton Blossom. Octave registered a five-furlong move in :59.20 while Cotton Blossom went five in 1:01.
The remaining Pletcher Triple Crown contenders, Any Given Saturday, Circular Quay, and Scat Daddy are scheduled to hit the Keeneland track Sunday.
Pletcher will move his Derby contenders from Keeneland to Churchill Downs Tuesday.