Pluck back in training for Team Valor

Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck is back in work with trainer Graham Motion at the Fair Hill training complex in Maryland.

A son of More Than Ready, he will shuttle to Vinery Australia in 2012 in a deal struck between John Singleton and Team Valor owner Barry Irwin.

Pluck disappointed when he returned to racing earlier this year after winning the Breeder’s Cup at Churchill Downs in November.  Subsequent radiographs showed significant bruising on his canon bones.

“We are very happy to be able to put the horse back into training,” Irwin said.  “It’ll probably take Graham the better part of four months to get him back to the races, but at least we are back in action.  

“We’ve had a few horses with this same aliment before like Unbridled Belle and she went on to win the G1 Beldame Stakes.”

Singleton purchased the southern breeding rights to Pluck in December.  “I saw Pluck’s Breeders Cup win and it was incredible performance,” Singleton explained.  “I only have a minority interest but it’s enough to give us the rights to shuttle him to Vinery.”

Pluck (2c More Than Ready – Secret Heart by Fort Wood) came from last to win the G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf from Soldat (War Front) and Willcox Inn (Harlan’s Holiday).  

He stumbled at the start but averted potential disaster when angling wide of Rough Sailing who fell at the first turn.  The colt made quick progress from the rear and exploded in the straight to win by a length.

Pluck is a Team Valor homebred and is out of South African bred mare Secret Heart who was a Listed winner of the Prix du Cap at Kenilworth.  She has a yearling colt by Clairborne Farm sire Arch and a weanling filly by former Independent Stallions shuttler Hat Trick.

Pluck completed a Breeders’ Cup double for More Than Ready at Churchill Downs after More Than Real won the Juvenile Fillies Turf.