One Liner, Battalion Runner, Always Dreaming, More
By Dick Downey
Among many other Todd Pletcher trainees, One Liner, Always Dreaming and Battalion Runner worked at Palm Beach Downs today.
Always Dreaming worked in company with graded-stakes winner Theory, who is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut next Saturday at Gulfstream in the Spectacular Bid Stakes. Both were timed in 48.00 (1/20) for the half-mile move. John Velazquez was aboard Always Dreaming.
“Always Dreaming was coming into this work two weeks after a pretty easy win in a mile-and-an-eighth allowance race, so we weren’t looking for a really stern work from him this morning, though we got a very impressive work, I thought,” Pletcher said. “He did it very effortlessly. He was moving very well. I was happy the way he did it and very happy with the way he galloped out. It seems like he’s continuing to improve throughout the winter.”
Velazquez was also aboard for Battalion Runner’s five-furlong work in company with Vees Boy, the colt’s workmate from last week. Battalion Runner, a winner of back-to-back races at Gulfstream Park, a maiden special weight on Dec. 31 and an allowance race on Feb. 3, was timed in 1:01.20 (3/8).
“Battalion Runner hadn’t run in a little while, so we went a little further with him and asked him for a strong gallop out as well, which he did,” Pletcher said. "He too worked very well.”
“We haven’t decided for sure and we won’t until their final preps next week, or what would be their final prep for the Florida Derby if that’s where one or two of them are going to run,” Pletcher said.
“I’ve got to get with the connections — there is common ownership in the two — and we will formulate a plan,” he added. “We’ve also discussed the possibility of entering them both and seeing how big a field it is and what the post positions look like.”
Pletcher also worked Southwest Stakes winner One Liner for the first time since that race on Feb. 20. He covered a half-mile in 50.20 in company with stablemate and maiden Caviar Czar.
Pletcher said the two main options being considered for the undefeated One Liner are the Wood Memorial or Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, both on April 8. The Santa Anita Derby had reportedly been bandied about as of two days ago.