Derby Winner Always Dreaming Returns In 2018

Always Dreaming, winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby, will return to training in November and be pointed for a 4YO racing campaign in 2018.
The Todd Pletcher-trained Always Dreaming was found to have stomach ulcers after he raced in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
He was recently cleared of the ulcers by veterinarians after treatment and a month of being turned out at WinStar Farm in Kentucky.
“When Always Dreaming came to the farm, we had a complete physical conducted by Bramlage and his team at Rood & Riddle. He checked out extremely well and was in very good shape, except for his stomach,” said WinStar president and CEO Elliott Walden.
“He had a pretty bad case of ulcers. Steve Reed of Rood & Riddle said it was one of the worst cases of ulcers he has seen.
“The great news is we’ve been able to clear up the ulcers and he’s doing fantastic right now.
It also explains a lot about his regression in form, and we are extremely excited about his racing potential in 2018.”
Always Dreaming will have a follow-up scope of his stomach in the coming weeks. Plans call for him to resume light training at WinStar’s training facility on November 1 before he is sent to Palm Beach Downs on December 1 to rejoin Todd Pletcher’s Florida operation.
“I’m glad we found something that we could fix,” said Pletcher.
“Up until the Preakness, I had never seen Always Dreaming get beat at anything, whether it be a workout or race.
“I can’t wait to get him back.”
Always Dreaming could return to racing in late winter with the G1 Met Mile at Belmont or G1 Stephen Foster at Churchill possible early targets.
An earner of $2,344,700 to date, Always Dreaming is one of only two multiple G1-winning 3YO colts in North America in 2017.
He captured the $1 million Florida Derby by five lengths in his stakes debut in April in the fastest time since Alydar in 1978 and followed a month later with his win in the $2 million Kentucky Derby by a dominant 2¾ lengths, the largest margin in the last six years.

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