Standridge Considers SA Derby for Gourmet Dinner
Trainer Steve Standridge reported today that Gourmet Dinner, second in the Grade II Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth, came out of the race “very well.” The trainer said he will chose between the Grade I Florida Derby and Grade I Santa Anita Derby for the colt’s next start.
“I’m very happy with the way he ran,” Standridge said. “He switched leads down the stretch when Ramon (Dominguez) hit him right handed, then he changed back after a few strides, but you lose a little momentum."
Gourmet Dinner (Looking Good) continues to prove himself as an “iron horse,” having placed first, second or third in seven of eight starts after being shipped back and forth to the West Coast twice, and running at four different tracks.
“He’s a warrior,” Standridge said. “We’re going to play it by ear as far as his next start. We’re looking at the Florida Derby (on April 3) and Santa Anita Derby (on April 9), but we’re leaning a little toward Santa Anita. I know it will be easier in California than it is here, and it gives us another week.”
No matter where Gourmet Dinner runs next, the colt has plenty of graded earnings to make it to the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby.
Edited from track notes