By MICHAEL COMPTON
WinStar Farm’s Doubles Partner, under a well-timed ride by Julien Leparoux, rolled through the stretch of Saturday’s Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park to win the $150,000, one-mile turf event for older horses.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Doubles Partner was making his first start since a third-place finish in the Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs last May. Prior to that race, he captured the Tampa Bay Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs.
“The horse ran super off the layoff,” said Pletcher. “The guys at WinStar did a super job. He really worked well on Monday (at Palm Meadows) and came into this race in good shape. We anticipated Little Mike would go to the lead. There didn’t appear to be much speed but there was a little more than we anticipated. But when (Doubles Partner) kicked in and got clear he finished strong. We’ll talk to Elliott (Walden) at WinStar and discuss strategy. I think it will either be the mile race at Keeneland (Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile, April 13) or the Woodford Reserve (Grade 1, May 5).”
By Rock Hard Ten out of the Rahy mare Serena’s Sister, Doubles Partner was bred by the late Arthur Appleton.