Trainer Todd Pletcher on Tuesday said Toyota Blue Grass winner Carpe Diem likely will receive his final work for the Kentucky Derby at Keeneland on Saturday or Sunday.
“That’s what we’re leaning towards,” said Pletcher, who trains Carpe Diem for WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables. “He seems to be doing really well here. The track is great, seems to handle the rain really well. If we get a little weather, it won’t bother us. Right now, we’ll probably breeze him on the weekend, Saturday or Sunday, and ship over there Monday or Tuesday.”
On Saturday, Carpe Diem breezed four furlongs in :48 with John Velazquez aboard. Velazquez on Monday was announced as the colt’s rider in the Kentucky Derby.
Carpe Diem has had his issues at the starting gate. This morning he was accompanied by a pony to the gate, where he stood with Pletcher in attendance.
“He did very well, had a good session,” Pletcher said about the Giant’s Causeway colt. “We generally stand him in the gates a few times between races just to refresh his memory.”
A second Toyota Blue Grass starter who remains at Keeneland with an eye on the Kentucky Derby is Mossarosa’s fourth-place finisher, Frammento. Trainer Nick Zito said the Midshipman colt is on schedule to work at the track on Saturday. On April 16, Frammento breezed a half-mile in :51.20.
Edited Keeneland release with additional content by Dick Downey