Fellowship: 'Seeing How It Goes'
Fellowship isn't a sure thing to start in the Kentucky Derby. Connections have indicated he will not run for the roses unless he's training well.
The Florida-bred son of Awesome of Course is number 19 on the Kentucky Derby Point Standings. Mo Tom, Fellowship, Adventist and Laoban all have 32 points, but Mo Tom leads them in non-restricted stakes earnings, followed by Fellowship.
Jacks or Better Farm’s Fred Brei recently transferred his racing stock from longtime trainer Stanley Gold to Casse, who, for the first time, will have a division based at Gulfstream during the spring and summer meetings.
“We’re going to see how it goes, see how he trains. Fred and I have had a couple of conversations, and if he trains well, we’re going to run in the Derby. If he we’re not happy, we’re going to pass,” Casse said. “We won’t make that decision until the very last minute, but right now it is our main focus and our goal.”
Fellowship, who captured the $500,000 Florida Sire Stakes In Reality in his first start around two turns in October, finished third at Gulfstream Park three important Triple Crown preps, the Holy Bull and the Fountain of Youth, both won by Mohaymen, and Florida Derby won by Nyquist.
In the Florida Derby, the stretch-running colt closed from last in the 10-horse field, going five-wide run into the stretch to check in third, 4 1/2 lengths behind Nyquist and a length behind runner-up Majesto. He finished four lengths clear of favored fourth-place finisher Mohaymen. All of the top four finishers are being pointed to the Run for the Roses.
Edited Gulfstream Park release Photo by Lauren King