Known Agenda Wins Florida Derby

On Saturday, trainer Todd Pletcher was able to register his record sixth Florida Derby victory at Gulfstream Park after Known Agenda rallied to a convincing 2 3/4-length decision over the previously undefeated Soup and Sandwich. Greatest Honour, who was seeking to become the first horse to sweep all three principal Kentucky Derby preps decided here, finished a disappointing third as the prohibitive 4-5 favorite.

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. also got his record 138th winner during the 2020-2021 Championship meet. Eclipsing the single season mark of 137 set by Luis Saez in 2017-18. Sound familiar?

“We were looking for a couple of things in his last race,” said Pletcher. “One was to see if blinkers made an improvement. Secondly, we wanted to see how he handled the Gulfstream surface. I thought we got very good answers. To both of those questions and it was an impressive step in the right direction.”

Kentucky Derby Odds for Known Agenda after Florida Derby

Known Agenda Florida Derby

Pletcher, who gave jockey John Velazquez credit for suggesting he put blinkers on Known Agenda. This following his disappointing fifth-place finish. As the favorite in the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs. Said he was pleased while watching the race the way his horse was making progress along the inside in the run down the backstretch.

“We were a little worried if he got stuck inside because he didn’t handle that in the Remsen very well,” said Pletcher. “But when he was making progress on the backside picking up horses, I had a pretty good feeling at that point that he was running his race today and it was just a matter of finding out how good he is.”

Trainer Shug McGaughey, while obviously disappointed, took Greatest Honour’s third-place finish in stride.

“I thought we were okay there on the turn, he just didn’t kick on the way I thought he would,” said the Hall of Fame horseman. “The winner ran a huge race. I’d have rather had a position a little closer and on the outside. But he [Ortiz] said he handled the kickback fine so we’ll pack up and make sure he’s okay and move forward.”

March 31, 2021 by : Posted in 2021 No Comments

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