Keeneland

GOOD DAY FOR PLETCHER

The rolling stone at Keeneland yesterday surely had to be trainer Todd Pletcher.

From Derby workouts to winning Keeneland's featured Appalachian Stakes with Audacious Chloe, Pletcher was a man on the move.

Not that any other day is different for Pletcher, the man in perpetual motion. But any day is a good day when you can send three of the top Derby hopefuls through workouts in the morning, then cap off the day with winning a $115,700 stakes.

Circular Quay, Any Given Saturday and Scat Daddy all breezed yesterday, following up on Pletcher's fourth Derby prospect, Cowtown Cat, who breezed Saturday.

Retired Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr., who continues to get on horses for Pletcher, breezed Circular Quay through five furlongs in 1:00.20. The colt went in company with Pletcher's Kentucky Oaks hopeful, Rags to Riches, who went in the same time.

Jockey Garrett Gomez was up on Any Given Saturday for his five-furlong work in :58.80.

Scat Daddy had jockey Edgar Prado up for his five-furlong breeze in 1:00.80.

According to Pletcher, his Derby hopefuls will work once more at Keeneland, probably on Sunday. They will ship to Churchill Downs May 1.

The afternoon's racing that Pletcher topped off with winning the Appalachian Stakes saw Audacious Chloe, ridden by John Velazquez, lead from start to finish. The 3-year-old daughter of More Than Ready prevailed in a tight, three-way finish to defeat Classic Neel by a neck. That runner-up finished a neck in front of third-placed Red Birkin.

The favorite in a field of 12 3-year-old fillies racing one mile on the turf, Audacious Chloe returned a $4.40 win mutuel while adding $71,734 to her $148,139 career bankroll.

Had it not been for losing the Jessamine Stakes here last fall by a mere nose, Audacious Chloe would have been winning her fourth consecutive stakes.

"She was a little unlucky to get nailed that day," Pletcher said, "but she's a quality filly and we've taken our time with her and she's paid us back."

Pletcher said he expects a lot in the future from Audacious Chloe, owned by Team Valor Stables and Never Tell Farm.

"I think she's the kind of filly who'll continue to improve as she gets older," the trainer said.

NEXT DAY OF RACING: Wednesday, with first post at 1:15 p.m. The spring meet ends on Friday. Churchill Downs' first day of racing is Saturday.

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