Pletcher Sophomore Fillies Headed Down Separate Paths

Leslie's Rose | Coady

Trainer Todd Pletcher reported that both of his fillies that contested Friday's GI Central Bank Ashland S. emerged from the efforts none the worse for wear, but are likely to part company for the time being.

'TDN Rising Star' Leslie's Rose (Into Mischief) atoned for her third in the GII Davona Dale S. with a good-looking three-length victory in the Ashland, earning herself a ticket to the May 3 GI Kentucky Oaks in the process.

“We are trying to sort things out, and we will let the dust settle from today,” Pletcher said. “The Oaks and Derby horses have to be on the grounds by 11 a.m. on Apr. 27.”

While that $1.15-million Keeneland September purchase will head over to Churchill Downs, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Candied (Candy Ride {Arg}) is unlikely to make the field for the Oaks after finishing fourth as the favorite on Friday. Her 34 points are good for 18th place on the leaderboard, but the race is limited to 14 starters.

“It is too early to say on her, but she is pretty far down the list with two races to go today,” Pletcher said. “The [GII $300,000 George E. Mitchell] Black-Eyed Susan [at Pimlico May 17] or the [GI DK Horse] Acorn S. [June 7] are possible. The Acorn is at Saratoga this year, and it is a mile and an eighth.”

Champion 2-year-old filly Just F Y I (Justify), a sound second on seasonal debut in the Ashland, returned to the barn of Bill Mott at Churchill Friday evening.

Glengarry Remaining At KEE Following Lafayette

Glengarry (Maximus Mischief) was originally supposed to return to the Oaklawn Park barn of trainer Doug Anderson after participating in Friday's Lafayette S. at Keeneland, but he will instead remain at Keeneland to train up to the $600,000 GII Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs May 4.

“He ran huge off a four-month layoff,” Anderson said of Glengarry's 3 1/2-length victory. “When they didn't get him at the three-eighths, it was 'Katie bar the door.' He put everything into it and came back great. We are tickled pink.

“Little guys don't get many shots like this,” Anderson added. “We talked it over at dinner last night, and it didn't make any sense to haul him back to Oaklawn and then haul him back [to Kentucky]. He loves this track to train, so we will see what we can get done.”

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