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Always Dreaming Back to Work


Pletcher Undecided on Ship Date

Always Dreaming worked for the first time Friday since his five-length victory in the Florida Derby.

Under regular rider John Velazquez at Palm Beach Downs, Always Dreaming worked four furlongs in :49.55 (5/14) after an opening quarter in :26.44 and galloped out 1:02.55 as timed by official clocking. Always Dreaming worked outside Appleton winner All Included, who was timed in 50:00 (7/14).

“I thought he settled well considering the first part was a little on the slow side. He finished up strongly, galloped out impressively,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “Based from what we were seeing in the morning the track is not super-fast. The longer you’re here, the more you kind of get used to this track. It’s a little bit quirky in some ways, in can be a little inside bias, sometimes not produce real fast times. But we like it a lot. Knock on wood, it’s been a very safe surface for us. It seems like a lot of horses thrive through the winter here.

“He is one of the exceptions in terms of horses who consistently win breezes whether he’s on the inside or outside of horses. It was, I thought, a very good breeze. I liked the way he finished the last quarter in 23-and-change and seemed to cool out quickly and recover quickly.”

Pletcher said he had not decided when Always Dreaming will ship to Kentucky.

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