The $770,000 Curlin Florida Derby Presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms at Xalapa (G1) once again put Pletcher in the thick of the chase for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) as St. Elias Stable’s Known Agenda took charge in the stretch and posted a 2 3/4-length victory in Gulfstream Park‘s definitive prep for the opening leg of the Triple Crown.
Known Agenda went postward as the third wagering choice in the field of 11 3-year-olds and returned $12.80, by far the highest win mutual of any of Pletcher’s six Florida Derby winners. He also earned the lion’s share of the 170 Kentucky Derby qualifying points distributed among the top four finishers on a 100-40-20-10 basis.
A homebred son of Curlin owned by Vinny Viola’s St. Elias Stable, Known Agenda came into the 1 1/8- mile Florida Derby off an 11-length allowance win at the same distance here on Feb. 26. He was equipped with blinkers and raced on Lasix for the first time in his career that day.
Known Agenda broke a step slow before settling in mid-pack while saving ground in the run down the backstretch. He advanced to closer contention along the rail approaching the half-mile pole, responded to a couple of sharp left-hand sticks from Ortiz before tipping out into the stretch. He engaged Soup and Sandwich nearing the furlong grounds and then readily drew off while drifting to the middle of the track through mid-stretch before angling back in again approaching the wire.
The winner’s final time over a fast track was 1:49.45. Known Agenda earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94.