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Todd Pletcher

Trainer

Pletcher won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and also trained Kentucky Oaks winners Rags to Riches (2007) and Princess of Sylmar (2013). He won four straight Eclipse Awards as top trainer from 2004-2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014. The Texas native has also been the leading American conditioner by money won nine times since 2004. He's conditioned multiple Eclipse champions including Uncle Mo, Ashado, English Channel, Speighstown, Fleet Indian, Wait a While, Lawyer Ron, and Left Bank – and has saddled a co-record five starters in the Kentucky Derby twice before (2007 & 2013). Pletcher ranks second by Kentucky Derby starters with 40, trailing only living-legend D. Wayne Lukas.

WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing

Owner

In 2010, WinStar experienced its first victory in the Kentucky Derby with Super Saver. That same year Drosselmeyer, was the surprise winner of the Belmont Stakes and would go on to capture the Breeders Cup Classic in 2011. Their first Derby starter came in 2006 with a second place finish by Bluegrass Cat. In 2008 both Colonel John and Court Vision made a Run for the Roses, as did Mr. Hot Stuff in 2009. They were represented in 2009 as well with homebred Well Armed winning the $6 million Dubai World Cup.Bill Casner (founded Excel Communications) and Kenny Troutt (developed B&R Equipment) partnered in early 2000 and bought the 1,450-acre Prestonwood Farm property near Versailles, Kentucky, and named it WinStar. Bill Casner stepped down from his role and Mr. Troutt now remains as the owner of WinStar LLC. Steve Davison races under the name Twin Creeks Stable with several partners. He is from Louisiana and has raced horses for over 20 years including Louisiana Derby winner and Kentucky Derby starter Mission Impazible.

Pedigree

Tapit-Baffled, by Distorted Humor

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Constitution is by the red-hot sire Tapit, who also has Tapiture and Ring Weekend on the Derby trail and Untapable in the Oaks.

A male-line descendant of Seattle Slew and A.P. Indy, Tapit earned his signature victory in the 2004 Wood Memorial, but wound up ninth next time out in the Kentucky Derby.

Tapit has made quite a mark at stud, siring 2008 champion two-year-old filly Stardom Bound and 2011 champion two-year-old colt Hansen, along with such Grade 1 stars as Tapitsfly, Joyful Victory, Careless Jewel, Zazu and Japanese dirt stand-out Testa Matta. Although Careless Jewel and Testa Matta won major races at 1 1/4 miles, as did Tapit's son Headache, the fashionable stallion is more associated with imparting high-class speed.

A few Tapits made noise on the 2013 Triple Crown trail, including Normandy Invasion, the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby.

Constitution might not get much additional stamina from his dam, Baffled. Third in the six-furlong Albany at Royal Ascot as a juvenile, she later won an allowance over a mile and 70 yards at Delaware Park.

But Baffled is by Distorted Humor, who although a sprinter/miler himself, has emerged as a significant classic sire. He is responsible for 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning champion Funny Cide; Drosselmeyer, the 2010 Belmont Stakes hero and 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic upsetter; and 2005 Travers victor Flower Alley (himself the sire of 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion I'll Have Another).

Baffled is a full sister to the Dubai-based Surfer. Once appearing best suited by a mile, Surfer has nevertheless placed in the about 1 3/16-mile Maktoum Challenge Round 2 last year and in the about 1 1/4-mile Maktoum Challenge Round 3 on March 8.

Baffled's notable half-siblings, however, were confined to shorter trips. She is a half-sister to Grade 1-winning sprinter Emcee, who landed the seven-furlong Forego in 2012, and to Spring Party, winner of a minor one-mile stakes at Turfway.

Baffled is also closely related to Grade 1 victress Awesome Humor, who had the speed and precocity to score first time out at 4 1/2 furlongs. Subsequently adding the Debutante, Adirondack and Spinaway to her resume during an unbeaten juvenile season, Awesome Humor stayed 1 1/8 miles well enough to win an Arlington allowance. But she was a well-beaten second in the 1 1/4-mile Alabama, and ended her career with a victory in the 1 1/16-mile Indiana Oaks and a close second in the one-mile Churchill Downs Distaff.

Baffled, Emcee, Spring Party and Surfer are all out of Surf Club, a winning daughter of Ocean Crest and Horns Gray. The winner of a modest stakes at Fonner Park, Horns Gray spent the bulk of her career as a sprinter and never won past seven furlongs. Horns Gray produced Awesome Humor, a daughter of Distorted Humor, and therefore a three-quarter sister to Baffled.

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