2011 Kentucky Derby hopeful To Honor And Serve, winner of the 2010 Nashua and Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct, tops a field of eight in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb 26. The nine furlong event is the 10th race on Saturday’s card.
The exciting 3-year-old son of Bernardini, out of Deputy Minister dam Pilfer, finished second in his sprint debut at Saratoga last summer before reeling off three straight wins to end his juvenile campaign. He defeated recent Risen Star Stakes winner Mucho Macho Man in the Nashua and Remsen.
Bill Mott trains To Honor And Serve for Live Oak Plantation. John Velazquez, who was aboard for the Remsen, will be back in the saddle on Saturday.
To Honor And Serve has worked six times at Payson Park in preparation for his 2011 bow, including a bullet four furlong move on Feb 20.
His competition includes graded stakes winners Soldat and Gourmet Dinner.
Todd Pletcher’s 2011 Kentucky Derby hopefuls Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty, both owned by Repole Stable, worked five furlongs at Palm Meadows Training Center on Feb 20.
Uncle Mo, the 2010 undefeated 2-year-old champion, covered the distance in 1:01.40 (breezing). He is scheduled to make his 3-year-old bow in either the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) or the recently written Timely Writer at Gulfstream Park on March 12. His final Derby prep is expected to come in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April.
Stay Thirsty, expected to make his first start of the year in the March 5 Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct, covered his five furlong journey in 1:00.65.
Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty have been working every Sunday since Jan 30. They previously went four furlongs together in :47.45 on Feb 13.
Uncle Mo had his second work of the year on Super Bowl Sunday. His four furlong drill in :49.60 ranked 18th out of 41 at Palm Meadows Training Center on Feb 6th.
Uncle Mo photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
His previous move was an easy three furlong breeze in :39.95 on Jan 30th. If everything goes according to plan, Todd Pletcher’s 2011 Kentucky Derby hopeful will run in the Tampa Bay Derby on March 12th, followed by the April 9 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Race Course.
Also working for Pletcher on Sunday was Uncle Mo’s stablemate Stay Thirsty, who posted a :49.60 four furlong breeze as well.
Travelin Man, a sharp maiden winner at Gulfstream Park on Jan 6th, breezed four furlongs in :49 flat, and the fleet Pletcher trainee might go next in the Hutcheson Stakes on Feb 26th.
Brethren went five furlongs in 1:01 and is expected to make his next start in the Sam Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb 12th. His half-brother Super Saver won the 2010 Kentucky Derby.
Dialed In rallied from far back to impressively capture Sunday’s Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.
The winner, ridden by Julien Leparoux and trained by Nick Zito, won his career debut in a six and one-half furlong sprint at Churchill Downs in November. He was withdrawn from a recent allowance race at Gulfstream Park due to a sloppy track.
Dialed In, by Mineshaft out of a Storm Cat dam, is now a viable 2011 Kentucky Derby contender and many fans are anxiously awaiting his next start following his electrifying performance in Sunday’s one-mile race. The Feb 26 Fountain of Youth Stakes and the April 3 Florida Derby are possible upcoming targets for the exciting colt.
He is owned by Robert Lapenta and is now 2-for-2 lifetime with earnings of $268,800.
To Honor And Serve breezed five furlongs in 1:04.20 on Jan 30th. The move was his third since arriving at the Payson Park Training Center in Florida. He went four furlongs in :51 on Jan 24th and three furlongs in :39.80 on Jan 16th.
The 2011 Kentucky Derby hopeful began his career with a place finish behind subsequent Stakes winner Astrology at Saratoga last summer. He ended his juvenile campaign with three straight wins including a pair of Graded scores against recent 4th place Holy Bull finisher Mucho Macho Man.
To Honor And Serve, trained by Bill Mott, is expected to make his 3-year-old bow in the Feb 26 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.