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Nov 24 2012 Remsen Stakes Aqueduct II 1 1/8 M 3 REPLAY


Todd Pletcher


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


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.


Dixie Union--Art Show, by Out of Place

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Delhomme's pedigree doesn't scream 1 1/4 miles, but neither does it cast a pall entirely over his chances, leaving it as an open question.

He is by Dixie Union, who earned his most significant victories in the 1 1/8-mile Haskell and seven-furlong Malibu in 2000. A few of his top performers have stayed farther than he did -- most notably Union Rags, last year's Belmont winner; Dixie Strike, who beat the boys in the 2012 Prince of Wales; and Grasshopper, close runner-up in the 2007 Travers. Others, like the smart juvenile filly Hot Dixie Chick and turf/synthetic runner Dixie Chatter, had distance limitations.

Delhomme is the second foal from stakes winner Art Show, who placed in four additional stakes and earned $243,500. Most often competing on turf, she was effective from a mile to 1 1/8 miles.

Art Show is a daughter of 1 1/8-mile specialist Out of Place, the winner of the 1991 Clark Handicap and runner-up in the Whitney, Philip H. Iselin and Donn Handicaps. Although very well bred himself, Out of Place did not sire many top-class runners. His best offspring was the millionaire sprinter Nightmare Affair, but some stayed farther, such as turf/synthetic marathoner Free Fighter. Out of Place's daughters are responsible for speedier types like Rightly So and Position Limit.

Art Show is a half-sister to turf stakes winner Pink Pallet. Their dam, Art Student, was unbeaten from three starts and ended her career with a victory in a 1 1/16-mile stakes at Laurel.

Art Student was sired by the influential El Prado, a son of Sadler's Wells who could lend further substance to the pedigree. El Prado, an Irish champion juvenile, is the sire of turf champ Kitten's Joy and the outstanding Medaglia d'Oro.

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