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Gold Sends Out Two In Fountain Of Youth


C. Zee will try two turns for the first time, and Best Plan Yet will try to further improve in the Fountain of Youth Stakes for trainer Stanley Gold.

Gold said regular rider Edgard Zayas will be back aboard C. Zee in the Fountain of Youth, while Paco Lopez has the mount on Best Plan Yet for the first time, replacing Zayas.

“They’re both doing good,” Gold said. “We’re going to take a shot with both of them.” Each colt is owned by Jacks or Better Farm in Florida.

C. Zee has finished second in his past two starts at Gulfstream, beaten by longshot Just Call Kenny in the Spectacular Bid on Jan. 4 and by favored Wildcat Red in the Hutcheson on Feb. 1.

“I think both were good races,” Gold said of C. Zee's efforts. “In the Spectacular Bid we fanned wide on the turn and gave the winner enough room to come through; the outcome could have been changed had he not been able to get through. I think he repeated a very good performance in the Hutcheson and just got beat by a better horse that day. Maybe we would have used a little different strategy and perhaps gone with the winner when we could have, but we chose not to. I thought it was a big race. He’s bred to go long, so I’m looking forward to big things from this horse.”

C. Zee will be coming back in just 21 days for the Fountain of Youth, the shortest turnaround of his young career.

“By choice, I’d like a little more time,” Gold said. “We were still unsure the quality he was coming into the Hutcheson. I was confident, but he had to prove it to me and he did. I would like to run not that close together, but I’m going to take a shot with him anyhow.”

Best Plan Yet has run eight times with three wins and two seconds and is winless in two starts at Gulfstream. He finished last of nine behind Fountain of Youth contender General a Rod in the Gulfstream Park Derby on Jan. 1. He outran his odds when fifth to Cairo Prince in the Holy Bull Stakes.

“He only got beat a length and a half for second, which would have been fine,” Gold said of the Holy Bull. “We had to steady twice; once on the turn because he got caught behind...(Coup de Grace) who was stopping, and we couldn’t get between him and the two horses on the outside, and we had to stop once in the lane. We kept running down on the rail and we ran strong.

“A length and a half for second is good against that kind of company. I was disappointed but encouraged. It was a good race. The race before, we were boxed in nearly the entire race from the gate all the way to the stretch and we never did get a chance to run, so that was a throwout. He’s still got a bright future, I think. This one will tell us. It’s certainly not going to be an easy race. We’re going to take a shot with him and see if he’s going to move forward or look for easier company.”

Edited Gulfstream Park release

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