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Pletcher Ships J S Bach for Southwest


Todd Pletcher shipped maiden winner J S Bach from Palm Beach Downs to Oaklawn Park today for a shot at the Southwest Stakes.

JS Bach, a Tale of the Cat colt who races for owner-breeder Donald Dizney, has only made two starts but his conditioner said he has every reason to expect he’ll handle the class hike from the maiden ranks into graded stakes company as well as the 1 1/16-mile distance of the Southwest. After the colt finished a good second by 2 1/4 lengths at Gulfstream Park in December, he made a strong statement on Jan. 17. Despite being bumped at the start, the 4-5 favorite in the field of 12 raced to the lead and then kicked clear through the lane to graduate by an impressive 8 1/2 lengths at 1 1/16 mile.

“He did look good in his last race, and he also ran well his first time, but five-and-a half furlongs was just a little short for him going out for his first time,” said Pletcher, who has given the mount to John Velazquez. “He definitely found his groove going two turns. He’s trained well, and we’re looking forward to it.”

J S Bach tuned up for the race with a five-furlong breeze in 1:00.94 at Palm Beach Downs on Feb. 8. He has yet to race anywhere but over Gulfstream's strip, Pletcher said he was unconcerned about him being able to handle the trip to Arkansas, or the trip around Oaklawn’s oval.

“He’s a horse who seems to have trained well at Palm Beach Downs and he’s run well at Gulfstream, so he wouldn’t act like the kind that needs to take his track with him. We certainly hope that’s the case,” the trainer said.

Edited Oaklawn Park release


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