Destin Arrives and Gallops at Churchill Downs

Destin Arrives and Gallops at Churchill Downs

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Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner and Kentucky Derby contender Destin arrived at Churchill Downs late in the day on April 25th and galloped over the track for the first time on the morning of April 26th.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, the son of Giant’s Causeway went at a modest pace while equipped with blinkers, which he wears during his races. Exercise rider Ovel Merida was in the saddle.


Video courtesy of Churchill Downs


On April 23rd, Destin breezed five furlongs at Palm Beach Downs (click here for details), but due to forecasts for rain in Louisville, it is uncertain what day Destin will post his final pre-Kentucky Derby workout.

“That is all up in the air,” Pletcher was quoted as saying in a Churchill Downs press release. “We could work Thursday, Friday or Saturday.”

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J. Keeler Johnson is a writer, blogger, videographer, and all-around horse racing enthusiast who was drawn to the sport by Curlin’s quest to become North America’s richest racehorse. A great fan of racing history, he considers Dr. Fager to be the greatest racehorse ever produced in America, but counts Zenyatta as his all-time favorite. He lives in Wisconsin and also writes for the Bloodhorse.com blog Unlocking Winners.

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