Gourmet Dinner Posts Sharp Work For Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth
By Jack Will
Gourmet Dinner Posts Sharp Blowout for Fountain of Youth
Notable on the Gulfstream Park work tab Wednesday morning was Our Sugar Bear Stable’s 3-year-old colt Gourmet Dinner with a sharp three-furlong blowout in 34 4/5 as he tunes up for a start in Saturday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
Trained by Steve Standridge, Gourmet Dinner gets a new rider in Ramon Dominguez flying in from New York, replacing veteran Sebastian Madrid, who rode the Trippi colt to in all of his previous seven starts with four victories and earnings of more than $900,000.
Dominguez also has mounts in the other two Graded stakes on Saturday’s card – Darley Stable’s 3-year-old colt Crossbow in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and Hardacre Farm’s 3-year-old filly Pomeroys Pistol in the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) for owner-trainer Amy Tarrant.
Let’s Get Fiscal & Lady Vi Meet in Friday Feature
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Let’s Get Fiscal and Flying Zee Stable’s Lady Vi each showed promise in New York as 2-year-olds last summer with two starts each, and both make their 3-year-old debut in Friday’s $51,500 ‘other than’ allowance feature going six furlongs at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Alan Garcia rode Let’s Get Fiscal in both starts last year for trainer Rick Violette and retains the mount. The daughter of Bandini was a $130,000 OBS February 2-year-olds and flashed brilliance winning her debut at Belmont Park on June 17 and came back to finish fourth as one of the favorites in the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) run over a ‘sloppy’ track at Saratoga last out on July 23.
Apprentice Ryan Curatolo picks up the mount on Lady Vi for trainer Phil Serpe. The New York-bred daughter of Tale of the Cat finished second in her debut at Saratoga on Aug. 29 and broke her maiden winning the $140,000 Lady Finger Stakes at Finger Lakes on Sept. 6, both races restricted to New York-breds.
Trainer Bob Hess, Jr. also sends out a contender with two starts in Friday’s race with Amanda Pope’s Funny Sunny to be ridden by Kent Desormeaux. The daughter of Sharp Humor was a$380,000 Keeneland November purchase late last year after she had won her only start at Hoosier Park by 2 ¼ lengths in mid-October. Funny Sunny came back with a solid runner-up effort in a 6 ½-furlong allowance test here on Jan. 30.
Completing the field of seven entered in Friday’s feature are Avalon Stable’s Expo Gold, Julien Leparoux; Wayne DeCosta’s Truly Classy, Josue Arce; Billy, Donna and Justin Hays’ Won Great Damsel, J.L. Castanon; and George and Lori Hall’s Sleepless Dixie, Joe Bravo.