Thirty-six are nominated to the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes. The list is headed by Breeeder Cup Juvenile winner Good Magic, who would make his 3-year-old debut in the race.
Honored as champion 2-year-old male at the Eclipse Awards in January, the Chad Brown-trained colt has been training sharply at Palm Meadows. Good Magic is owned by e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables.
Courtlandt Farm’s Strike Power, who captured the Feb. 3 Swale at Gulfstream Park by 2 3/4 lengths in only his second career start, is among the more high-profile nominees. The Mark Hennig-trained colt debuted with a sizzling nine-length score at Gulfstream Dec. 3.
Trainer Todd Pletcher nominated eight horses for the Fountain of Youth, including Holy Bull winner Audible, Biblical, Gidu, Impact Player, Marconi, Maraud, Noble Indy and Vino Rosso. Marconi is expected to start in the the Fountain of Youth. The $2 million yearling purchase, who most recently finished third in the Feb. 3 Withers at Aqueduct.
Trainer Dale Romans nominated six horses, including Cove Blue, Free Drop Billy, Promises Fulfilled, Seven Trumpets, Storm Runner and Tiz Mischief. Albaugh Family Stables’ Free Drop Billy, second behind Audible in the Holy Bull, Promises Fulfilled and Storm Runner are expected to run.
Other notable nominees include Catholic Cowboy, Avery Island, Enticed and Gotta Go.
The $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds, is among other stakes races on the Fountain of Youth day program.
Edited Gulfstream Park release