To Honor and Serve was widely touted as the horse most likely to pose a danger to Uncle Mo this spring, but his popularity took a considerable hit after fading badly to finish a distant third in the Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 26.
How is the Bill Mott-trained colt going to challenge the unbeaten Eclipse Award champion if he couldn’t put up a stronger showing against less acclaimed 3-year-olds?
Harvey Clarke and partners’ Soldat, winner of the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), and Robert LaPenta’s Holy Bull Stakes (G3) winner Dialed In will be the choices in Sunday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 3-year-old filly R Heat Lightning will be a heavy favorite in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) and Peter Vegso and Gary Seidler’s 5- year-old mare Unrivaled Belle is set to make her season debut in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (G2), the two races highlighting Saturday’s Ladies’ Day program at Gulfstream Park to kick off Florida Derby weekend.
Two-time Eclipse Award winning jockey Garrett Gomez has never won the Derby...not at Churchill Downs or Gulfstream Park. But the 39-year-old rider hasn’t given up trying and his quest for his first victory in the Run for the Roses will bring him to Gulfstream Park Sunday for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1).
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