|Cerro will try to parlay his recent Gulfstream success into FOY victory
(Adam Coglianese Photography)
Team Valor International's Cerro breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 over
Palm Meadows's fast dirt on Sunday in preparation for a likely start in the
Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth going 1 1/16 miles on Saturday at Gulfstream
Park. With exercise rider David Nava up, Cerro worked in company with Went the
Day Well, who clocked the same time.
"I thought he went super, and we definitely plan to enter.
As long as he gets a decent post position, we'll run," trainer Graham Motion
said. "If he draws lousy, we won't run him. We'll go back to our original plan
and run him in the Palm Beach."
Cerro, who began his career on turf in Italy, defeated a
solid group of runners in a 1 1/8-mile allowance at Gulfstream on January 26.
Following his recent score, Team Valor International had set a schedule that
included the Grade 3, $150,000 Palm Beach at nine furlongs over the Gulfstream turf course on March 3
and the Grade 3 Spiral going the same distance on Turfway Park's Polytrack March
The Fountain of Youth entered the picture only recently for the Irish-bred
son of Mr. Greeley.
"I'd say partly because we saw so many of these horses
skipping it," Motion explained. "You also have to bear in mind, when you start
thinking about the points and all that, you don't want to put your eggs in one
basket and wait for the one race in Kentucky."