Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Destin, who will enter the May 7th Kentucky Derby (gr. I) off a rare eight-week layoff, turned in a sharp workout on April 23rd at Palm Beach Downs that suggests he could be ready for a big performance on the first Saturday in May.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Destin worked in company and started about a length in front of his workmate and was never seriously urged while running the first three furlongs in :36.32 according to Palm Beach Downs clocker Dave Norton. Destin then drew off strongly in the homestretch while under a little urging, running the final quarter-mile in :24 flat to best his stablemate by about three lengths. Destin also galloped out strongly, going six furlongs in 1:13.40 according to Norton and a mile in approximately 1:40.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to sign up for email newsletters and special offers from The Turf Board!