01/23/2012 4:52PM

Palm Meadows: Pletcher prospects get in their paces

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Bob Coglianese
Algorithms is slated for a Holy Bull start.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Todd Pletcher sent three of his top 3-year-old prospects out to work at Palm Meadows on Monday, including the undefeated and untested Discreet Dancer, who went a very easy half-mile in 51.09 seconds before galloping out five-eighths in 1:04.60. He was followed by El Padrino, third as the favorite in the Grade 3 Remsen, who went five furlongs in 1:02.83 while going easiest of a set that included Heavy Breathing.

Earlier in the morning, Algorithms breezed six furlongs in 1:15.01 before galloping out seven furlongs in 1:29 in final preparation for Sunday’s Grade 3 Holy Bull.

“I really didn’t plan on working Discreet Dancer this morning, but he was feeling so good I decided to let him stretch his legs a little bit with an easy half-mile by himself,” said Pletcher.

Pletcher said he is still not totally committed to when or where Discreet Dancer may run next.

“I’ll wait and see how the Holy Bull goes but at the moment I’m leaning towards the Fountain of Youth with him,” said Pletcher. “That would put him on a nice schedule for the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby.”

Pletcher said he decided to pass last Saturday’s Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds with El Padrino because he felt he needed one more work.

“I might bring him back in an allowance race here this weekend,” said Pletcher.

Pletcher was also quite pleased with Dan and Sheila’s fourth-place finish in the Lecomte.

“I thought it was a very good effort for just his second start,” said Pletcher. “He got shuffled on the first turn, raced a little greenly from having dirt kicked in his face, but finished well from there. This should be a race from which he can move forward.”