Casual Trick to Get Second Chance in Fountain of Youth
By Jack Will
Robert LaPenta’s 3-year-old Casual Trick was a big disappointment to his connections and fans when retiring to eighth of nine as the favorite in a very deep 1 1/16 miles allowance race at Gufstream Park on Jan. 29 won by El Padrino, but will get a chance to redeem himself in next Sunday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) over the track and distance, according to trainer Nick Zito.
“He worked good this morning (1:00 2/5 Saturday morning) and we’re going to give him a chance,” said Zito Saturday afternoon. “I want to think he just didn’t like the off track (rated good) the last time and just throw that race out. He had shown enough to be favored, so we’ll take a shot. We know it’s a tough spot. (Corey) Nakatani will ride him.”
A son of Bernardini purchased for $425,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales, Casual Trick built up an instant following after an impressive maiden score at Churchill Downs going a mile on Nov. 18 in his second start after a fifth-place debut at Saratoga.
Casual Trick came back with a big effort to finish a game second by a half-length in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby on New Year’s Day going 1 1/16 miles in his first try around two turns, a race won by the more seasoned Reveron before the disappointing performance last out.