The Grade 3, $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes is tagged as Race 14 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. It is the second Kentucky Derby qualifying race at the track, awarding points on a 50-20-10-5 scale.
The event covers 1 1/16 miles and will include a field of ten 3-year-old runners.
The Favorite: Greatest Honour
The favorite coming into the Fountain of Youth at 8-5 is Greatest Honour, a Tapit colt trained by Shug McGaughey. He took an impressive victory in the Holy Bull (G3), outrunning the field around the final turn. With that victory, he secured a spot as a top Kentucky Derby contender.
In the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool 3, Greatest Honour closed as the third individual choice at 9-1.
While the Holy Bull field was not full of highly talented runners, it was still a big victory nonetheless. However; the colt will need to demonstrate more speed if he is to continue winning; as his career-high Beyer Speed Figure is only at 89.
Courtlandt Farms’ Greatest Honour has a total of two wins; one second-place and two third-places from a total of five lifetime starts. He is looking to make it a perfect two-for-two so far in 2021, and his total earnings sit at $175,240.
Contenders at the Fountain of Youth
One of the main rivals of Greatest Honour going into the Fountain of Youth is Prime Factor; third-place finisher as the even-money favorite in the Holy Bull. Trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher; he took a nine-length victory in his debut, going six furlongs at Gulfstream Park.
Owned by WinStar Farm and China Horse Club; he stalked in the Holy Bull but was never able to threaten as the field turned for home. He will now be looking to move up on the Derby trail with a win this time around.
Prime Factor has a total of one win and one third place from two career starts; and his earnings are at $43,200. He is coming into the Fountain of Youth at 5-1 odds.
Drain the Clock is coming in as the second-choice at 9-2. Trained by Saffie Joseph, Jr; he is staying at Gulfstream instead of shipping to Aqueduct for the Gotham (G3) at one mile.
The runner has some uncertainty surrounding him; as the Fountain of Youth will be just his first start at over seven furlongs. In his third career race, he lost his rider at Delta Downs; and in the Swale; he won by over six lengths and registered an 85 Speed Figure.
Drain the Clock is still looking for a secure position on the Derby trail; but his career record of four wins from five starts and earnings of $152,550 cannot be overlooked.
Tarantino at Longer Odds
One of the runners who could still win despite 8-1 odds is Tarantino, who is trained by Rodolphe Brisset. The son of Pioneer of the Nile finished second in the Holy Bull; which was his first career start on dirt. Prior to that, he took two victories and second in a stakes race on grass.
Despite finishing far behind Greatest Honour in the Holy Bull; he still managed to finish four lengths ahead of the rest of the field.
The other entrants set for the Fountain of Youth include Sososubtle at 20-1; Fire At Will at 5-1, Kirsfales at 20-1. King’s Ovation at 20-1, Tiz Tact Toe at 50-1, and Papetu at 15-1.
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