Holiday Promise Not on Derby Road; Heavy Breathing Back to PMM
By Dick Downey
Holiday Promise, who finished second in the Grade II Lane's End yesterday, is not on the Kentucky Derby Trail, and plans are still being discussed for Heavy Breathing, who was third in the race at Florence, Kentucky.
“We don’t have him nominated for the Triple Crown, and we decided that we weren’t going to supplement him, and we’ll find other spots for him,” Pletcher said of Holiday Promise.
One part of the plan is in place. The colt will race next in the Grade II Coolmore Lexington Stakes on April 21.
“Both came out of the race in good order.... Heavy Breathing will come back here to Palm Meadows, and we will survey how he’s doing and take a look at the numbers, but we haven’t decided what the target is for his next start yet,” Pletcher said.
Pletcher also said that Our Entourage will not start next in the Grade I Wood Memorial, contrary to a previously-announced plan.
"We’re going to the Illinois Derby with him,” said Pletcher. “He was only beaten a couple lengths in the Remsen, and he’s been training well all winter on the dirt in good company, so we’re optimistic he’ll handle the dirt just fine.”
Our Entourage captured a turf allowance at Gulfstream Park in his season debut on Feb. 25. He breezed five furlongs at Palm Meadows today in 1:01.56 (10/29).