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Monday, March 19, 2012


El Padrino Breezes Sunday for Start in Florida Derby


Let’s Go Stable’s El Padrino worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 Sunday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher as he is kept on edge for a start in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Sat., Mar. 31 in a field led by early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Union Rags.

“It was a very good work with a strong gallop out,” said Pletcher of the chestnut colt by Pulpit. El Padrino was an impressive allowance winner over the Gulfstream track on Jan. 29 and shipped to New Orleans to win the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds last out on Feb. 25.


A possible Florida Derby prospect worked Sunday morning at Gulfstream as Klaravich Stable and William H. Lawrence’s News Pending was timed five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 for trainer Dale Romans, who is weighing several options for his next start.

A son of Harlan’s Holiday, News Pending has run three times at the Gulfstream meet, breaking his maiden on turf on Dec. 22, finishing second in a turf allowance on Feb. 5 and finishing second at 27-to-1 behind Union Rags in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) on Feb. 26.

Another notable workout on the Palm Meadows tab Sunday morning was turned in by Stronach Stable’s undefeated 4-year-old filly Awesome Feather breezing an easy five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 for trainer Chad Brown as she continues preparation for her next start in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (G3) on Florida Derby Day.

The daughter of Awesome of Course was brilliant winning the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff of Jan. 28 by 5 ¾ lengths in her first start over the Gulfstream track and first start since winning the Gazelle Stakes (G1) at Aqueduct in late November by more than five lengths.


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