LOUISVILLE — With every stride Devil May Care took over the Churchill Downs track Saturday morning, the bay filly helped put her connections' minds at ease.
Regardless of which race that she ends up in this week, Devil May Care gave her owner and trainer every indication she was ready for either challenge.
Despite the rain-soaked surface, Devil May Care managed to sparkle among her peers with an impressive 5-furlong drill in 1:00.20.
The ease in which Devil May Care skipped over the soggy track makes the decision her connections are pondering more challenging for all the right reasons. Though she would likely be one of the favorites in Friday's Kentucky Oaks, trainer Todd Pletcher and Glencrest Farm's John Greathouse are considering entering the filly in the Kentucky Derby.
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"I was very pleased. You want to see them get over that track and come back good and she did both of those things," Greathouse said. "We have to look at her tomorrow and I'm going to guess that by Monday some decision will be made. I've got to get tickets for one day or another here."
Pletcher said it is possible they would cross-enter the filly in the Oaks and Derby and let the post position draw help decide where she ultimately ends up.
"We want to be respectable of everybody's chances in both races but at the same time we have an obligation of doing what is right for our filly," Pletcher said. "We are going to consider both races. If we draw post 20 in the Derby and post 6 in the Oaks, that might sway us one way or the other."
Devil May Care was one of five contenders from Pletcher's barn that worked on Saturday.
Grade II winner Super Saver continued to thrive over the Churchill Downs track, drilling 4 furlongs in 48.80 with Calvin Borel up.
Mission Impazible and Rule worked in company, covering 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 and 1:00 flat, respectively, while Discreetly Mine traveled the same distance in 1:00.40.
"All the works were pretty much spot on for what we were hoping for," Pletcher said. "I didn't see anything today that would think we couldn't move forward with all of them, including the filly."
Pletcher is planning on working Wood Memorial winner and likely Derby favorite Eskendereya on Sunday along with Interactif.
Sidney's Candy impresses
If Saturday was any indication, Grade I Santa Anita Derby winner Sidney's Candy should not have much issue making the transition from a synthetic track to dirt. The son of Candy Ride looked quite at home over the wet track when he completed a 6-furlong move in company in 1:11.60 with jockey Joe Talamo up.
"That's a very good work on a challenging track," trainer John Sadler said. "My choice was to wait and go tomorrow but with the weather they're calling for tonight, I decided to go today."
Mild scare for Dublin
Grade I winner Dublin caused more than a few hearts to jump Saturday when he ducked sharply to the right during his gallop, nearly clipping Kentucky Oaks hopeful Beautician.
Dublin was coming off the first turn when he began veering toward the outside fence. Though he appeared ready to bolt down the gap, the rider got him back under control to finish his routine move.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the colt was distracted by several runners competing in the Derby Festival Marathon, which cuts through the Churchill Downs infield.
"They came out of that tunnel and were cheering and he was like 'Whoa,'" Lukas said. "I'm not against marathons but why run them through the training facility when we've got millions of dollars worth of horses out there? All the horses were watching that pretty close."