01/29/2012 4:31PM

Donn candidate Mission Impazible among flurry of workers for Pletcher

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Barbara D. Livingston
Mission Impazible tunes up for the Donn Handicap by working five furlongs in 1:02.38 Sunday at Palm Meadows.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - It was a typically busy Sunday morning for trainer Todd Pletcher, who worked 28 horses at Palm Meadows, including Donn Handicap contender Mission Impazible and promising 3-year-olds Ecabroni, Spring Hill Farm, and Thunder Moccasin.

Mission Impazible, working in company with the 3-year-old Big Blue Nation, went five furlongs in 1:02.38, getting the last quarter in 24.16 seconds. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.95 and pulled up seven furlongs in 1:28.96.

“I thought he was very good today, finished up well, galloped out really well,” Pletcher said of Mission Impazible. “We were looking for a good, solid work today. This should put us right on target.”

Mission Impazible has not run since finishing second in the Clark Handicap at Churchill last November. He has not won since taking the New Orleans Handicap last March 26.

In the same set that Mission Impazible breezed, Pletcher worked 3-year-old maiden winners Ecaboni and Spring Hill Farm in company. The two went four furlongs in 47.99 seconds and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.06 and six furlongs in 1:15.50.

Afterward, Pletcher said he would point Ecaboni to Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Sam F. David Stakes at Tampa Bay and Spring Hill Farm to a first-level allowance race.

“Just trying to come up with the right one and the fact he has had two starts versus Spring Hill Farm having one,” Pletcher said on why he chose Ecaboni to run in the Sam Davis. “He’s by Smoke Glacken. I’m not sure what his optimal distance is going to be although he handled seven furlongs without any issues so we’ll kind of see where we are.”

 Pletcher worked Thunder Moccasin in company with Travelin man. That team went four furlongs in 48.73 seconds, and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.80.

Thunder Moccasin, a debut winner here on Christmas Eve, is being pointed to the Grade 2, $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes on Feb. 11.

Travelin Man, runner-up in last year’s Hutcheson and winner of the Swale, is nearing a comeback to the races. He has not run since finishing last in the Grade 2 Amsterdam last Aug. 1.

Disposablepleasure, who won the Grade 2 Demoiselle at Aqueduct last November, worked five furlongs in 1:01.34 and is targeting the Grade 2, $250,000 Davona Dale on Feb. 26.

“I thought she worked super,” Pletcher said. “I was really happy with her, she finished up well and galloped out good.”

Napravnik to ride Ruler On Ice in Donn

Belmont Stakes winner and Donn Handicap candidate Ruler On Ice didn’t work Sunday, but he put in a strong gallop outside of a stablemate. Daily Racing Form clocked Ruler On Ice galloping a mile in 1:55.57. He went in 1:09.49 from the five-furlong pole to the wire.

Trainer Kelly Breen said Ruler On Ice has been working very fast the last few weeks and he was trying to get him to relax a little bit.

“He’s been lighting up the track in his breezes,” Breen said. “I wanted to give a little easier week. Next week he’ll have a half-mile breeze and we’ll send him on his way.”

Breen confirmed that Rosie Napravnik would ride Ruler On Ice in the Donn.