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Revolutionary's Win: Not Much Good About It, McCarthy Says


Revolutionary is doing fine today after his Grade III Withers win, and he's definitely heading to Florida -- and soon. But connections say they are not giddy about how he ran.

Revolutionary will depart for Todd Pletcher’s Florida base at Palm Meadows Training Center on Tuesday. Any number of Kentucky Derby preps could be next for him, but there will probably be only one more.

WinStar president, CEO and racing manager Elliott Walden called Revolutionary's come-from-behind trip highly educational at best.

“I was watching the replay of the race a little while ago, and there was nothing good about it except for the last two or three jumps,” agreed Pletcher’s assistant, Michael McCarthy. “That may have been one of the worst winning trips I’ve ever seen.”

Dominick Schettino laid out a course for Escapefromreality Sunday morning.

“We’re planning on running in the Gotham and the Wood, depending on how he comes out of the race once we start him back training,” said Schettino. “We’ll decide from there, but we’ll point for the Gotham and Wood.”

Escapefromreality broke on top but was taken in hand by apprentice jockey Jose Ortiz and rated in fifth behind an opening half-mile in :48.18. Angled into the three path in the run to the furlong marker, Escapefromreality quickly overtook the leaders and appeared home free before Revolutionary made a furious late surge along the inside.

It was Escapefromreality’s first start beyond six furlongs and against open company. The New York-bred debuted a two-length winner in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on Aqueduct’s main track Nov. 25 and missed by a neck when second in a six-furlong allowance on the inner track Dec. 28.

“I thought he ran exceptionally well, first time going two turns, lightly raced, coming out of two sprints, he rated,” said Schettino. “I’m very happy with the way he ran.”

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