Trainer Todd Pletcher is taking things one step at a time with smashing debut maiden winner CAL NATION (Distorted Humor), who tops Saturday's 3RD race at Gulfstream Park.
"He's doing well. He's training up to the race well and is ready to go," Pletcher said of the colt, who has been rated as the 4-5 morning-line favorite in the entry-level allowance.
Pletcher hasn't caught Derby Fever just yet with Cal Nation.
"We're not going to look beyond (Saturday)," said Pletcher, noting that his next race has not yet been picked out.
"We'll worry about that after we see what he does in the race before we get too ambitious."
Trainer Patrick Biancone, on the other hand, is thinking big with BOWMAN'S CAUSEWAY (Giant's Causeway), a troubled fourth in the Fountain of Youth S. (G2) last time, who shortens up to a one-turn mile to face Cal Nation.
"He's a horse who has a lot of talent," Biancone said. "Each time he runs he learns a little bit more. He's very talented, but in the morning he's very lazy. We run him to work him.
"He's got great action, a big, long mover. In the morning you do what you want, but it's not enough for him."
Biancone is looking ahead to either the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream on April 3 or the Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct on April 9 for his colt's next start.