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Pletcher Derby Trio Breeze in South Florida


Todd Pletcher sent three Kentucky Derby contenders to the training track at Palm Beach Downs early Saturday morning for breezes: Itsaknockout, Materiality and Stanford.

The three colts turned in their first works since their last respective starts, which all came on March 28, and each worked in company. Itsaknockout, paired with recent Tamarac Stakes winner Competitive Edge, who is targeting the Pat Day Mile on May 2, worked a half-mile :49.06. The duo covered the last quarter-mile in 23.41 seconds without much urging.

“It was a good, progressive breeze,” Pletcher said of the work. “They picked it up as they went along, and they galloped out well. I was happy with it.”

Materiality followed in company with Stanford, impressing with a :48.41 breeze. The two quickened in the second half of the work, covering their final quarter-mile in :22.50. Materiality finished with a slight edge over his workmate.

“I thought both horses worked extremely well,” Pletcher said. “They went off easy and finished up strongly, galloped out great. Both seem to be moving very well.”

With the Triple Crown set to kick off in three weeks, Pletcher said his contenders are showing him the things that he looks for leading up to the spring classics.

“I look for the same kind of thing,” Pletcher said. “I just hope that they continue to work well and do well. I’m really happy with the way all three of those horses, over all, are doing. Their appetites are good. They’re moving well. They have good coats. They’re showing us all the right signs.”

Materiality, Itsaknockout, and Stanford will record one more breeze at Palm Beach Downs before heading to Churchill Downs on April 21.

“They’ll breeze a week from today here, and they’ll fly to Louisville on the 21st,” Pletcher said. “Then they’ll have one breeze at Churchill, probably on the Saturday before the Derby.”

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