03/11/2015 10:52AM

Ben Ali may be next for General a Rod


Trainer Todd Pletcher had a big day last Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, where he won not only the main event, the Tampa Bay Derby, with Carpe Diem, but also sent out General a Rod to register an impressive 6 3/4-length victory in the Challenger Stakes. General a Rod, who was transferred to Pletcher’s barn one month earlier, was one of only two horses to compete in all three legs of the 2014 Triple Crown. He earned a career-best 104 Beyer Speed Figure in the Challenger.