Bulletin (City Zip), victorious in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs Nov. 2, is being considered for this spring’s Royal meeting at Ascot, according to trainer Todd Pletcher. Campaigned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing, the undefeated colt was sent to WinStar for some R&R following his Breeders’ Cup score and is expected to rejoin Pletcher’s Palm Beach Downs string early in the new year.
“I spoke to [WinStar Farm’s] Elliott Walden last week and he said Bulletin is doing exceptionally well and has gained over 100 pounds since he’s been there,” Pletcher told TDN Saturday. “He was given a nice freshening after the Breeders’ Cup and we are hoping to get him back sometime after the new year. We talked about the idea of going to Royal Ascot with him. That would be very exciting if we were to do that, but we’ll just play it by ear and see how he comes back. As of right now, that’s in the mix.”
A debut winner sprinting five furlongs over the Gulfstream Park turf in the Hollywood Beach S. Sept. 29, the chestnut got to the front early and never looked back as he rolled to a 2 3/4-length winner over Churchill’s yielding turf on Breeders’ Cup day.
When asked about Bulletin stretching out, Pletcher added, “He’s obviously a very fast horse as you can tell by the way he popped out of the gate in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. However, what I like about him is he’s fast but he’s also rateable and we feel like he should get up to a mile, no problem. We don’t know about beyond that, but as long as he can carry that speed up to a mile, I think we will have a lot of good options with him.”