Pletcher ‘Can’t Offer Much Excuse’ For Always Dreaming; Colt To Undergo Physical Exam

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming finished ninth in Saturday’s Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, his third poor finish since the first Saturday in May. According to, the 3-year-old seemed well on Sunday morning, but will head to WinStar Farm on Monday for a break from the track as well as a thorough physical examination.

“We’ll make a decision after that as to what his next step is,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “I can’t offer much excuse based on the trip he got. He was in the position that we thought he would be in and he seemed to be going comfortably. He came off the bridle on the far turn and that was it.”

Stablemate Tapwrit finished fourth in the Travers behind West Coast, and Pletcher was pleased with his condition following the race. The colt will be pointed to either the Pennsylvania Derby or the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

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