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Pletcher team breeze for next engagements

  • Violence (Benoit Photos)

Undefeated Violence breezed five furlongs in a co-bullet 1:00 1/5 over Palm Meadows Training Center's fast dirt on Sunday in preparation for a scheduled start in the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

"Outstanding. I'm very, very pleased with his work. He galloped out strongly, came back well. He's ready to go," trainer Todd Pletcher said.

Exercise rider Norman Bush was aboard Violence, who worked head and head in company with Palace Malice, who was also timed in 1:00 1/5, the co-fastest clocking of 40 recorded at the distance.

Violence has won all three of his career starts, including stakes victories in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park and Grade 2 Nashua at Aqueduct. Palace Malice is scheduled to make his stakes bow in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star at Fair Grounds going 8 1/2 furlongs, the same distance as the Fountain of Youth, following a runner-up effort behind Majestic Hussar in a Gulfstream allowance/optional claimer on January 19.

"Everything looks good," Pletcher added.

Champion Shanghai Bobby, who suffered his first career loss when second in the Grade 3 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park on January 26 in his three-year-old debut, breezed a half-mile in :49 3/5 in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby on March 30.

"It was his first work back, a nice easy half," Pletcher said. "I thought he worked great. His energy level is good."

Verrazano, who opened his career with a pair of impressive victories at Gulfstream by a combined 24 lengths, breezed a half-mile in :48.

"He was awesome this morning," said Pletcher, who has scheduled Verrazano to race next in the Grade 3, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby going 1 1/16 miles on March 9.

Dreaming of Julia, who is scheduled to make her three-year-old debut in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Davona Dale at Gulfstream, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Sunday at Palm Meadows.

"She worked super. I'm really pleased with her, as well. She's ready to go," Pletcher said.

Dreaming of Julia began her career with a 10 1/2-length maiden score and a 16 1/4-length allowance victory before capturing the Grade 1 Frizette. She concluded her 2012 campaign with a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

"She's very straightforward. She's always been a good work horse, one that enjoys her training on a daily basis. She puts a lot into everything she does," Pletcher noted.
"Hopefully, we've done enough with her to have her ready off the bench, but she's given us every indication that she's ready to go."

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