The Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain Of Youth Stakes is Saturday. It is the second of three official prep races at Gulfstream Park on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
The 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth offers a total of 100 qualifying points for Derby 149, distributed to the top five finishers on a 50-20-15-10-5 basis.
Here is a look at the field for this year’s edition of the Fountain Of Youth Stakes:
1. GENERAL JIM [ML 6-1] Trainer: Shug McGaughey. Jockey: Luis Saez. Won the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park last month, when he rallied from a stalking position to Win by a length, wearing blinkers for the first time. As a 2-year-old he debuted at Saratoga and then got two Wins on the turf, including his Maiden breaker at the Spa, and then an Allowance at Keeneland, both at 1 1/16 miles. He ran 3rd in the Central Park at Aqueduct on the grass and switched back to dirt at Gulfstream with a 4th-place finish in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes.
2. LEGACY ISLE [ML 20-1] Trainer: Rohan Crichton. Jockey: Emisael Jaramillo. Won in his first three starts, all of which were at Gulfstream. He Won a Maiden special weight and then stretched out to a mile in an Allowance. After finishing 1st in the Mucho Macho Man, he was disqualified and placed 2nd after drifting out in the stretch. In the Holy Bull (G3) he was part of the early pace and faded to 4th after racing on the wrong lead.
3. SHADOW DRAGON [ML 12-1] Trainer: Bill Mott. Jockey: Jose Ortiz. Rallied from far behind in his debut in a New York-bred Maiden special weight at Aqueduct in September and then was 6th in a state-bred stakes race going a mile. He went to Florida and ran his first of this year in the Holy Bull, where he finished 2nd after a wide, late rally.
4. FORTE [ML 7-5] Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. Makes his first start of the year in the Fountain of Youth after a stellar juvenile campaign, as three Grade 1 Victories earned him the Eclipse Award as the Champion 2-year-old male. Wins in the Breeders’ Futurity and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile have earned FORTE 40 Derby qualifying points, which seems enough to get him into the Run For The Roses.
5. IL MIRACOLO [ML 30-1] Trainer: Antonio Sano. Jockey: Edgar Perez. Began his career at Gulfstream with three 2nd-place finishes in a row before he got a Victory with a front-end trip going a mile. He shipped up to New York, where a troubled start cost him any chance in the Remsen (G2). Back in Florida he was 7th in the Mucho Macho Man and then 5th in the Holy Bull.
6. BLAZING SEVENS [ML 7-2] Trainer: Chad Brown. Jockey: Joel Rosario. Makes his first start of the year in the Fountain Of Youth. BLAZING SEVENS broke his Maiden at first asking at Saratoga by more than six lengths. He was 3rd in the Hopeful (G1) behind FORTE and then rallied to an impressive Victory in the Champagne (G1). In the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile he recovered from a poor start to finish 4th.
7. MAGE [ML 8-1] Trainer: Gustavo Delgado. Jockey: Javier Castellano. Beat a field eight in his debut in a seven-furlong Maiden special weight by almost four lengths at Gulfstream in January with a front-end effort in a fast time. This is a huge step up in class, in addition to stretching out to two turns.
8. ROCKET CAN [ML 8-1] Trainer: Bill Mott. Jockey: Junior Alvarado. Began his career with a pair of unimpressive starts at Saratoga. He broke his Maiden on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs going two turns. That was followed by a 2nd in an Allowance behind CONFIDENCE GAME, who last week Won the Rebel (G2). ROCKET CAN Won the Holy Bull with a stalking trip at odds of 5-2.
9. CYCLONE MISCHIEF [ML 12-1] Trainer: Dale Romans. Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione. He will try and bounce back from a 7th-place finish in the Holy Bull, where he was the buzz horse as the 6-5 favorite. His two Victories- a Keeneland Maiden race and a Gulfstream Allowance were by more than five lengths. Between those Wins he was 7th in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) after leading in the stretch.
10. DANGEROUS RIDE [ML 30-1] Trainer: Carlos David. Jockey: Miguel Vasquez. Was a debut Winner at Gulfstream on the Tapeta track back in May, and that launched him on a run of seven Stakes races with all but one of them at Gulfstream. He tried the turf twice with poor results and was placed 1st by disqualification in the Juvenile in Florida back on the Tapeta. In January he Won a seven-furlong Allowance on the main track at Gulfstream by more than two lengths on the lead the entire way.
The Fountain Of Youth is listed as the last race on a card of 14, with a scheduled Post Time of 5:45.
Best of luck with all your plays on Saturday.