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Pletcher duo, Ground Transport drill for Louisiana Derby
Todd Pletcher's candidates for the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, WinStar Farm's Revolutionary and Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice, both worked five furlongs at Palm Meadows on Sunday.
Palace Malice, beaten just a half-length when third in the Grade 2 Risen Star, sped in 1:00 on the fast main track, while Grade 3 Withers star Revolutionary clocked 1:00 3/5.
Marrette Farrell et al.'s Ground Transport, one of the locally-based sophomores being prepped for the 100th Louisiana Derby on March 30 at Fair Grounds, breezed a bullet five furlongs in :59 2/5 Saturday morning during training hours at the Crescent City oval.
"It was a very nice work for him," trainer Mike Stidham said on Sunday morning. "He did it well. He broke three lengths behind another horse named Trend that has been graded stakes placed here and had almost caught him by the time the work finished. I got what I wanted from him in the work."
Ground Transport, who comes off sharp maiden and allowance wins over the track, turned in the fastest of 43 works at the distance.
Jockey Mark Guidry will ride the son of Big Brown in the Louisiana Derby.
Also on Saturday at Fair Grounds, Louisiana Derby candidate Sunbean breezed a half-mile in :50 3/5. Owned by Brittlyn Stable and trained by Al Stall Jr., the Brahms colt was most recently victorious in the off-the-turf Gentilly for Louisiana-breds.
Stall's other contender, the undefeated Departing, covered the same ground in :50 3/5 on Sunday morning. Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's homebred easily landed the Texas Heritage at Sam Houston in his latest.
Gold Mark Farm's Mylute likewise turned in the same time of :50 3/5 Sunday in preparation for the Louisiana Derby. The Tom Amoss pupil was seventh in the Risen Star.