Juvenile Champ Making Sophomore Debut
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Good Magic had an easy solo half-mile breeze on Saturday morning. It was his last major move for his sophomore debut in the Fountain of Youth Stakes.
Owned by e Five Thoroughbred Racing and Stonestreet Stables and trained by Chad Brown, Good Magic went four furlongs in :48.30 (5/56) over the main track at Palm Meadows training center.
It was the fifth work since late January for Good Magic, a chestnut son of Curlin. He hasn't raced since his 4 1/4-length triumph on Nov. 4 in the Juvenile.
The Fountain of Youth will be only the fourth lifetime start for Good Magic, who ran second in both his maiden special weight debut and the Champagne Stakes last summer and fall, beaten 1 1/2 lengths combined, prior to the Breeders’ Cup.
Other potential Fountain of Youth horses worked Saturday morning: at Gulfstream Park, Free Drop Billy, Promises Fulfilled and Storm Runner all breezed five furlongs for trainer Dale Romans. Storm Runner was timed in 59.01 (4/39), Promises Fulfilled went in 1:00.42, and Free Drop Billy completed the distance in 1:01.55.
“Everybody worked well. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with them all yet, but I’ll make that decision tomorrow,” Romans said. “They’re moving forward all the time. They’re some nice horses, they’re doing well and I’ve just got to pick the right spots for them. They have to step it up now. As long as they step up, we’ll be in good shape.”
Also at Gulfstream, Strike Power worked a half-mile in :48.14 (11/86) in company with 4-year-old gelding Carlino for trainer Mark Hennig. The son of champion Speightstown was impressive in his unveiling Dec. 23 to win by eight lengths, before coming back with a 2 3/4-length victory in the seven-furlon Swale Feb. 3, both at Gulfstream. He's been mentioned for eithe the Fountain of Youth or Gotham Stakes.
“I thought he went well. Everything went according to plan. He didn’t work too fast but got something out of it so we were pleased,” Hennig said. “These races are coming up in fairly short order, and we got a good five-eighths last week and we went a half today and galloped out nice. He settled off of Carlino and finished up nice.”
Machismo, nominated to the Fountain of Youth off an 11 1/2-length maiden triumph on Feb. 3 at Gulfstream, breezed five furlongs in a bullet 58.45 (1/39) seconds at Gulfstream.
Edited Gulfstream Park release with additional content by Dick Downey