Pletcher out to make good in Preak­ness

Weekend Herald - - RACING -

The Preak­ness has never been Todd Pletcher’s race.

Sure, it’s the mid­dle jewel of the Triple Crown. But Pletcher has made a habit of skip­ping Bal­ti­more in or­der to beat the pack to his home base of New York af­ter the Ken­tucky Derby and await the Belmont.

The Preak­ness’ po­si­tion t wo weeks af­ter the Derby is too soon for Pletcher. He prefers giv­ing his horses more rest be­tween starts. He’s 0 for 8 in the race, with his best fin­ish be­ing third with Impeachment in 2000.

Of course, it’s be­come in­cum­bent for the trainer of the Derby win­ner to bring the champ to Pim­lico for a shot at mak­ing a Triple Crown bid. So Pletcher is in Bal­ti­more with Al­ways Dream­ing.

Pletcher has won Eclipse Awards seven times as the na­tion’s lead­ing trainer, in­clud­ing four in a row. He has won nine Breed­ers’ Cup races and four Triple Crown races, while fin­ish­ing sec­ond or third 13 other times.

Al­ways Dream­ing has sur­prised Pletcher in how quickly the dark bay colt bounced back from his 2 ¾ - length vic­tory in the Derby on May 6. “The tank seems full and he seems ea­ger to go,” he said.

“The two weeks is a quick turn­around, and some­times you don’t know un­til they get in the stretch and you see what you have in re­serve,” he said.

“We’re just try­ing to keep it as sim­ple as pos­si­ble. We’re not over­think­ing it. We’re just let­ting the horse gal­lop and be happy.”

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