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Florida Derby Prospects Work Saturday

3/22/2014

Cairo Prince put in his final workout for the Florida Derby today, an easy half-mile in :50.80 (41/55) at Palm Meadows. It was his sixth move since winning the Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 25.

“He went great. We were looking for a 49ish, but it doesn’t matter. It was just a maintenance work, his last work. He did it great,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “We’re all set for next weekend.”

Exercise Rider Rob Massey was aboard for the solo breeze.

“He went by himself. We didn’t want a 47,” McLaughlin said. “He was perfect. It could have been a tiny bit faster, but we know he can go faster. We were just looking for a maintenance work.”

Wildcat Red

After galloping once around the track, Hutcheson and Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth winner Wildcat Red went three furlongs in :34.42 (1/29) and galloped out through the wire in :48.81 for a half-mile.

“He did his job. He did what he usually does,” trainer Jose Garoffalo said. “We were happy with the workout and he came back full of himself. It’s one more step. Everything seems good, so the plan is still on. We hope to enter the horse on Wednesday and run next Saturday (in the Florida Derby).”

Wildcat Red has four wins from six races and was second by a head to General a Rod in the Gulfstream Park Derby.

“The closer we get to the race, the more excited you are,” Garoffalo said, “but we’re OK, we’re handling it with no rush. We’re just waiting for the race, and that’s it. We’re still on the way.”

General a Rod will work at 7:30 on Sunday morning at Gulfstream and also make his next start in the Florida Derby.

Constitution

Constitution had a half-mile tune-up in: 49.30 at Palm Meadows Saturday. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt is undefeated in two starts. The son of Tapit broke his maiden on Jan. 11 before turning in a front-running 3 1/2-length victory in an allowance race on Feb. 22.

Matador

Matador breezed five furlongs in 1.01:00 (3/19) Saturday at Palm Meadows for the Florida Derby.

“He worked well. We put a little sharper breeze into him leading up to the race. We’re hoping to keep him a little closer to the pace,” said trainer Mark Casse, whose son and assistant Norman supervised the breeze.

Matador worked in blinkers and will race in blinkers for the first time in the Florida Derby.

“He loves the dirt. He’s really trained well at Palm Meadows,” Casse said. “Julien said he couldn’t get him motivated last time, so we’re going to give blinkers a try.”

Edited Gulfstream Park release

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