A winner of more than $2 million, Brass Hat posted the biggest victory of his career winning the 2006 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream, but found his best stride last season racing in long-distance turf stakes, finishing third in the United Nations Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park and third in the Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) at Saratoga before the Stars and Stripes.
Nancy Mazzoni’s 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner and Eclipse champion She Be Wild breezed an easy half-mile in 51 3/5 on the main track Sunday morning for trainer Wayne Catalano, who scratched her from the Florida Oaks (G3) last Saturday (Mar. 13) at Tampa Bay Downs because he was concerned the track might be ‘sloppy’ that afternoon.
A daughter of Offlee Wild, She Be Wild finished fifth as the favorite in the seven-furlong Forward Gal Stakes (G2) here on Jan. 31 in her only start since the Breeders’ Cup. Catalano has indicated he plans to train her up to her next start in the Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland on Sat., Apr. 3.
At Palm Meadows Sunday morning the work tab included several high-profile 3-year-olds from trainer Todd Pletcher’s arsenal of talent led by Zayat Stable’s Eskendereya, winner of the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) last out at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 20. The son of Giant’s Causeway was timed five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 in preparation for his next start in the Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct on Sat., Apr. 3.
Pletcher also had E. Paul Robsham Stable’s Discreetly Mine, WinStar Farm’s Doubles Partner and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Mission Impazible going five furlongs, all three 3-year-olds also clocked in 1:01 4/5 each.
Discreetly Mine is a son of Mineshaft that will be among the favorites in next Saturday’s Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds where he won the Risen Star Stakes (G2) last out on Feb. 20. Mission Impazible is a son of Unbridled’s Song that ran fourth last out in the Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 20 and also is expected to run in the Louisiana Derby.
Doubles Partner is a Rock Hard Ten colt purchased for $450,000 at the Saratoga yearling sales who won an allowance on turf over Lentenor at Gulfstream on Feb. 17. He is expected to run in next Saturday’s Lane’s End Stakes (G2) at Turfway Park.