Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. is thinking about a new schedule for Souper Colossal with an eye toward the Triple Crown following the postponement of the Swale Stakes.
“It’s a negative, because if we’re looking at the big picture – which is certainly running in the Derby – I have to look at opportunities and a time frame to get my horse ready to earn points. With the Swale being postponed for a week, it gives me seven less days to do what I believe is best for my horse. That being said, I’m going to look what my options are and discuss it with Mrs. Weber and Bruce Hill, the farm manager,” Plesa said Sunday morning.
“Right now, our decision is: do we go ahead and run in the Tampa Bay Derby, the same day as the Swale, to get two bites of the apple, so to speak; or do we go ahead with our original plan and run in the Swale, which makes me run a week sooner than maybe what I would have thought in the Florida Derby? It needs to be sorted out. There’s no black and white answer at the moment,” he said.
Mr. Jordan Being Readied
Meanwhile, Plesa is preparing undefeated Mr. Jordan for a return to action. He's been inactive since Dec. 19, when he sustained an injury first thought to be a torn check ligament. The injury turned out to be less serious, and he underwent surgery to remove pressure a bone had placed on the check ligament.
After a long absence, Mr. Jordan returned to the worktab at Gulfstream Park West on Feb. 24, when he breezed three furlongs.
“It was his first work back. He seems to be going 110 percent. I’m excited about that, but he’s at least 30 days away, maybe six weeks,” said Plesa, who plans to work Mr. Jordan again Thursday or Friday.
Mr. Jordan has won all three starts, including a 4 1/2-length victory in the Smooth Air Stakes at Gulfstream West on Nov. 29. He launched his career with 6 1/2-length triumph at Monmouth Park on Sept. 14 and a three-length victory in the Juvenile Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park West on Nov. 8.
Plesa is grateful that his colt escaped more serious injury and has bounced back so quickly.
“It usually goes the other way. Very rarely does it go in a positive way. We’re tickled to death, because it gives us more options if he’s ready to run at an earlier date,” he said. “He seems perfectly happy. He’s no worse for the wear and tear.”
Mr. Jordan wasn't early-nominated to the Triple Crown.
Edited Gulfstream Park release