Fort Loudon to Get Big Test in Fountain of Youth & Pletcher Duo Work
By Jack Will
Fort Loudon to Get Big Test in Fountain of Youth
Jacks or Better Farm’s Florida homebred colt Fort Loudon will take his chance against early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorites Union Rags and Algorithms in next Sunday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and 3-year-old filly stablemate Awesome Belle will line-up for Saturday’s $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2).
“We know both races will be tough,” said trainer Stanley Gold Sunday, “But we’re here (Calder) and don’t like to ship around. I thought Fort Loudon ran a good race off the layoff to finish fourth in the Holy Bull. He only got beat 1 ½ lengths for second by Hansen.and a length for third by My Adonis, and both of them are going to the Gotham (Aqueduct Saturday), so we don’t have to worry about them.
“I’d rather run Awesome Belle in a ‘two other than’ allowance, but that race just doesn’t go, so we’re here and she’s going to run. Despite her last race (eighth in Sweetest Chant on turf), I still think she’ll prove to be best on turf later on.” Awesome Belle won the My Dear Girl Division finale of the Florida Stallion Stakes on Oct. 15 at Calder by seven lengths going 1 1/16 miles.
Both Fort Loudon and Awesome Belle are by Awesome of Course and earned there trips to the Breeders’ Cup winning Florida Stallion Stakes finales in the In Reality and My Dear Girl, respectively. Fort Loudon got a wide trip finishing seventh behind Hansen and Union Rags in the Juvenile, beaten nine lengths; and Awesome Belle never threatened breaking from post 14 and checking in 12th in Juvenile Fillies.
Algorithms & Discreet Dancer Post Final Drills for Fountain of Youth
The stage is set for what promises to be a memorable renewal of the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) Sunday at Gulfstream Park as trainer Todd Pletcher had both Starlight Racing’s Algorithms and E. Paul Robsham’s Discreet Dancer out for a final workout Monday morning at Palm Meadows, both colts undefeated going into the race.
Algorithms was timed an easy half-mile in 49 flat while Discreet Dancer went five furlongs in 1:00 1/5. Algorithms is a son of Bernardini purchased for $170,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales and has won all three of his starts, most recently the one-mile Holy Bull Stakes (G3) here on Jan. 29 by five lengths over 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner and Eclipse champion Hansen.
Discreet Dancer is a Florida homebred by Discreet Cat and has won his only two starts at this meet, beginning with a track record debut performance on Dec. 3 when he won by 9 ¾ lengths going 5 ½ furlongs. He came back to win a one-mile allowance on Jan. 7 by 5 ½ lengths.
Leading Gulfstream rider Javier Castellano has ridden both colts in all of their starts, but will be aboard Algorithms Sunday with John Velazquez to handle Discreet Dancer.