Pletcher Nominates 8 Horses to UAE Derby

Pletcher Nominates 8 Horses to UAE Derby

It appears that trainer Todd Pletcher may be planning to send a Kentucky Derby contender to contest the $2 million UAE Derby (UAE-I) on March 26th at Meydan, as Pletcher has nominated an impressive contingent of eight horses to the 1900-meter race.

The UAE Derby offers Kentucky Derby qualification points to the top four finishers on a 100-40-20-10 basis. In recent years, it has been held over a synthetic Tapeta track, making it less appealing as a prep for the Kentucky Derby, but Meydan’s return to dirt last year has sparked more interest in the race from U.S.-based Derby contenders.

Here’s a quick rundown of the colts that Pletcher has nominated to the UAE Derby:

  • Battery–runner-up to Cherry Win in an 8.5-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream.
  • Destin–fourth in the LeComte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
  • Donegal Moon–fifth in the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct.
  • Mongolian Prince–New Zealand-bred runner now in training with Pletcher at Palm Beach Downs.
  • Outwork–winner of an April maiden race at Keeneland; on the comeback trail.
  • Pinstripe–Gulfstream maiden winner that finished sixth in the OBS Sprint Stakes.
  • Rally Cry–winner of a one-mile maiden race at Gulfstream.
  • Zulu–unbeaten maiden and allowance winner at Gulfstream.

Other U.S.-based horses that have been nominated to the race include Frank Conversation, winner of the California Derby; Vorticity, runner-up in the Jerome Stakes (gr. III); and Z Royal, fifth in the LeComte Stakes (gr. III).

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