Brethren, who was upset in the Grade III Tampa Bay Derby by a pair of horses whose odds totaled 129-1, breezed today ahead at what looks to be a continuing goal of running in the Grade I Arkansas Derby.
The half-brother of Super Saver, who finished second in the 2010 Arkansas Derby before winning the Kentucky Derby, breezed a half-mile in :51.80 (56/59) for trainer Todd Pletcher. It was Brethren’s first workout since the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby.
“He worked well and is on schedule for the Arkansas Derby,” said Pletcher in an email message to Oaklawn Park officials.
Brethren is in the shadow of stablemate Uncle Mo, much like Super Saver was this time last year when Eskendereya was top-ranked heading to the Kentucky Derby. Admittedly, Brethren is behind the accomplishments set by his older half-brother.
Super Saver closed his 2-year-old season with a win in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club. He had a third-place finish in Tampa and a runner-up finish in Hot Springs. Brethren is a little behind that schedule, having won a maiden at Belmont and an allowance at Churchill as a juvenile, then opening this year with a win in the Grade III Sam Davis Stakes, followed by the letdown in Tampa's Derby.
--Edited from Oaklawn track notes