Kentucky Derby Contenders - Day 24: #7 Carpe Diem

Contributed By Post Time Pete
Posted on 4/24/15 8:00 AM
Carpe Diem (Photo by Coady Photography) Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC
Jockey: John R. Velazquez*
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC
Breeder: Coffee Pot Stable
Earnings: $870,000*
Points: 64*
Next Race: Kentucky Derby
* Current as of April 1, 2015

Carpe Diem is another contender out of Todd Pletcher's stable. He's never finished lower than second and won the G1 Breeders Futurity, G2 Tampa Bay Derby, and G1 Blue Grass Stakes. Carpe Diem is currently working out under jockey John Velazquez and, so far, Pletcher likes what he sees.

"I thought he worked super," the trainer said. "Seemed like his energy level is good and he galloped out really well. He was kind of hard to pull up in the end, which is always a good sign... in his particular case, with a month between races, we're just looking for two maintenance works and you could tell by the way he galloped out today—he was all the way back at the half-mile pole before Johnny could really get him pulled up—so he's a fit horse."

Carpe Diem will be on everyone's radar for the first Saturday in May and we're no exception. He's peaking at the right time and should put on a great show.

Click here to preview yesterday's breakdown of #8 on the Kentucky Derby contenders list, American Pharoah.

Check back tomorrow when we preview #6 on our list, Dortmund.

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