The Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday headlines not only a huge day of racing at Gulfstream Park but also throughout the country, as 85 Kentucky Derby qualifying points will be on the line Saturday in both the Fountain of Youth and Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.
The Fountain of Youth features a rematch between the 1-2 finishers in the Holy Bull Stakes–Irish War Cry & Gunnevera, respectively–while also attracting Breeders’ Cup Juvenile also rans Practical Joke and Three Rules as well as seeming future star Takaful looking to rebound off two poor stakes showings.
Not as competitive on paper at least is the Gotham featuring El Areeb, who will be odds on to run his three-year-old season to a perfect three-for-three.
And while not a Kentucky Derby prep on paper, the Santa Ysabel could have Derby implications if Unique Bella romps and her connections decide to target the Santa Anita Derby rather than the Santa Anita Oaks.
And after a raucous day of racing, the action continues at Turfway Park with the Battaglia Stakes for Spiral aspirants.