Promises Fulfilled a surprise winner in Fountain of Youth

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Promises Fulfulled was a surprise wire-to-wire winner Saturday of the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, one of the big early preps on the road to the Kentucky Derby.

Starting from the outside post, Promises Fulfilled went straight to the lead and kept holding off challengers as he made his way around 1 1/16 miles of the dirt at Gulfstream Park. It was the third win in four starts for the Dale Romans trainee, who went off at 18-1 and paid $38.40 after winning in 1 minute, 44.17 seconds under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.

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Strike Power was second, after several attempts to pass Promises Fulfilled down the stretch came up empty.

Good Magic – the overwhelming favorite – was third. Good Magic won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year, won the Eclipse Award as the top 2-year-old, was ridden by Eclipse Award jockey Jose Ortiz and is trained by two-time reigning Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown. But even connections like that wasn’t enough to get Good Magic to the lead.

If Promises Fulfilled remains healthy, he’s now essentially assured a spot in the Kentucky Derby field. This is the sixth year where a points system has been used to determine the 20 horses that will be in the Run for the Roses, and in each of the first five years 50 points – what Promises Fulfilled got for winning on Saturday – was easily enough to qualify.

Strike Power got 20 standings points for finishing second, and that puts him in excellent shape in the Derby qualifying chase as well. Good Magic picked up 10 more points, giving him 34. And based on past years, that could already be enough to qualify.

Machismo was fourth and Marconi was fifth.

It was the 72nd Fountain of Youth day, and Gulfstream had a record handle for the day – $28,541,305, up 7 percent from Fountain of Youth day a year ago.

Arabian Knight off Kentucky Derby trail; will return later

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Arabian Knight is off the Kentucky Derby trail.

Wagering has been suspended on the 3-year-old colt for the Derby’s future wager after owner Amr Zedan announced the decision. Arabian Knight was the second choice on the morning line behind favorite Forte for the May 6 race.

“Trainer Tim Yakteen wasn’t happy with his last work & we feel it’s in Arabian Knight’s best interest not to rush & allow him more time to develop,” Zedan tweeted. “We know he’s a superior talent & our plan is to point him toward a summer and fall campaign.”

Purchased for $2.3 million as a 2-year-old, Arabian Knight won his debut by 7 1/4 lengths at Keeneland last November. He made his 3-year-old debut in the Southwest at Oaklawn in January and won by 5 1/2 lengths.

Arabian Knight had his third workout at Santa Anita.

Tapit Trice wins Tampa Bay Derby, earns Kentucky Derby points

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tapit Trice rallied from last to win the $360,000 Tampa Bay Derby by two lengths and earn qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.

Ridden by Luis Saez, Tapit Trice ran 1 1/16 miles 1:43.37. The 1-2 favorite in the field of 12 paid $3 to win. The 3-year-old colt earned 50 qualifying points, which places him in the 20-horse field for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher extended his record for most wins in the Grade 3 race to six. He already has the early Kentucky Derby favorite in Forte, who won the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream last weekend.

Classic Car Wash was second and Classic Legacy was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third.

Tapit Trice was making his stakes debut after winning two of three starts.

“Once he got clear down the lane, he really extended himself,” Pletcher said. ”I loved the way he finished up. He relished the two turns, and the longer he goes, the better he’ll get.”