Kentucky Derby Daily: Feb. 17

Cerro likely for Fountain of Youth – if he draws well

Trainer Graham Motion said Cerro is likely for Saturday’s Fountain of Youth now instead of the Palm Beach – under the conditions he draws well.

“As long as he gets a decent post position, we’ll run,” Motion said. “If he draws lousy, we won’t run him. We’ll go back to our original plan and run him in the Palm Beach.”

Cerro, a son of Mr. Greeley, is owned by a Team Valor partnership that includes Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

Cerro worked five furlongs in 1:01.48 Sunday. Motion said the new Derby point system played a role in his decision, as did the lineup.

“I’d say partly because we saw so many of these horses skipping it,” Motion said. “You also have to bear in mind, when you start thinking about the points and all that, you don’t want to put your eggs in one basket and wait for the one race in Kentucky.”

“We’ll see how he does. I wish it was a mile and an eighth. It’s probably the only thing I would change, only because he’s already been a mile and an eighth.”

Speak Logistics added to Fountain of Youth; Falling Sky possible

Speak Logistics, fourth in the Sam. F. Davis Stakes, is likely for Saturday’s Fountain of Youth.

The son of High Cotton, who was seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, worked four furlongs in :48.80 Saturday at Calder.

“The timing is right,” said trainer Eddie Plesa. “After the Breeders’ Cup we gave him five weeks off on the farm in Ocala. He got shut off in the Sam Davis. He was making his move on the inside nearing the stretch and I thought he was going to go right on through. In any event, he’s doing good and we’ve got Joel Rosario to ride him. He had a good work here Saturday in 48 4/5 and galloped out good.”

The Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman reported Tampa Bay Derby winner Falling Sky is also possible for Saturday’s race.

Pletcher Derby hopefuls on work tab derby 2

Florida Derby candidate Shanghai Bobby posted his first work since finishing second in the Holy Bull. The son of Harlan’s Holiday went four furlongs in :49.73 at Palm Meadows.

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

Fountain of Youth candidate Violence also took to the track, posting a bullet for five furlongs (1:00.36) at Palm Meadows.

“Outstanding. I’m very, very pleased with his work. He galloped out strongly, came back well. He’s ready to go,” Pletcher said.

Verrazano, headed for the Tampa Bay Derby, went four furlongs in :48.05. Pletcher deemed it “awesome.”

Also working were Overanalyze, probable for the Gotham, Risen Star candidate Palace Malice and Delhomme.

Itsmyluckyday to return to the track Friday

Holy Bull winner Itsmyluckyday, a candidate for the Florida Derby, is slated to work for the first time since that race on Friday.

“Everything has gone well for him,” said Plesa. “He’s been galloping every day and will have his first work since the race here on Friday, and then he’ll work again every six or seven days up to the race. A part of me says I wish the race (Florida Derby) was today, but in his case time is our ally. He’s got the two good races behind him.”

OAKS

Oaks candidate Dreaming of Julia worked five furlongs in 1:00.62 at Palm Meadows. She is slated to run in the Davona Dale at Gulfstream.

“She’s very straightforward,” Pletcher said. “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 said. “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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