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Audible, third in the Kentucky Derby, returned with authority Saturday on the Breeders’ Cup undercard, making a wide move before going on to win the first edition of Churchill Downs’ $200,000 Cherokee Run Stakes.
The Todd Pletcher trainee was sidelined after the Derby as connections, including Todd Pletcher, searched for a reason the son of Into Mischief wasn’t training forwardly. Now that he’s back, the colt appears set on a path to contend in the Pegasus World Cup (G1) in January.
“It was what we were hoping for,” Pletcher said. “The only concern was if seven-eights was a little short for him, but he’d been training sharply, and we liked the timing of the race in terms of where he is in his training and sort of the timing toward our goal, which is the Pegasus.
“So it worked out really well.”
Audible sat behind a six-wide battle for the lead up the back stretch in the seven-furlong event, then rallied off Principe Guilherme’s opening fractions of 22.75 for the quarter mile and 45.69 for the half. It was an admirable performance for Audible, who Pletcher expected to sit closer to the pace.
Audible finished up in 1:22.47 under return rider Javier Castellano while off as a 6-5 favorite in the field of 11 3-year-olds.
Honorable Treasure ran third, and Principe Guilherme held on for the show.
The New York-bred Audible is campaigned by the same ownership group as Triple Crown winner Justify. Before the Kentucky Derby, he emerged as a major player in the 3-year-old division with victories in Gulfstream Park’s Holy Bull (G2) and Florida Derby (G2).
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