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Kentucky Derby Winner To Race on Next Year
Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will return to training in November to be prepared for his 4YO season. The 3YO was found to have stomach ulcers after his unplaced run in the Gr1 Travers Stakes in August, but has since been given the all clear. "He had a pretty bad case of ulcers," said WinStar President & CEO Elliott Walden. "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. The sky is the limit." Always Dreaming is expected to resume light training at WinStar's training facility on 1 November before being sent down to Palm Beach Downs on 1 December to re-join trainer Todd Pletcher's Florida operation. From WinStar's exciting first-crop stallion Bodemeister (Empire Maker), Always Dreaming has hitherto won 4 of his 9 starts for over US$2.3 million in prize money. Apart from his Kentucky Derby success, the Todd Pletcher trainee also landed the Gr1 Florida Derby in April recording the fastest time for the prestigious event since champion Alydar in 1978. Always Dreaming will eventually stand at WinStar Farm when he retires from racing. Among the syndicate to partner with WinStar in standing the classic winner are SF Bloodstock, China Horse Club, and Siena Farm.