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Soldat in Good Shape Today

2/27/2011

Following his dominant two-length victory in yesterday's Grade II Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth, Soldat is “happy and in great shape” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reported today.

The 3-year-old colt by War Front led virtually every step of the way Saturday as the 7-5 betting favorite and finished ahead of Gourmet Dinner and morning-line favorite To Honor and Serve.

“The Florida Derby, Sunday, April 3,” McLaughlin said. “That’s the race we’ll point for now.”

The Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth was Soldat's (Looking Good) first victory over a fast main track, an outcome that pleased McLaughlin, but didn’t surprise him in the least. “Going into the race, I wasn’t concerned about that at all,” McLaughlin said. “He’s always trained extremely well over a fast track, but it is nice to finally get it in print that he likes it fast.”

While Soldat has won his last two races from the front-end, McLaughlin says he has no concerns about his colt’s ability to rate in the future. “He absolutely could rate,” McLaughlin said. “We have no worries about that.”

McLaughlin says there are no definitive plans for Darley Stable’s Crossbow (Worth Watching), who was scratched after drawing the rail in Saturday’s Grade II Hutcheson.

“We were originally thinking of running him in the Gotham at Aqueduct,” McLaughlin said. “But now it looks like we’ll look at all options.” McLaughlin didn't elaborate.

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