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Buddy's Saint Ready for 'Youth

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC

Kingfield Stable’s Buddy’s Saint worked six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park for trainer Bruce Levine as the Remsen Stakes (G2) winner got a final drill ahead of his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).

Buddy’s Saint was caught in fractions of 12 3/5, 25 2/5 and 49 2/5 along the way in Sunday’s move after posting a ‘bullet’ six furlongs here last Saturday in 1:12 2/5. The $100,000 Keeneland September yearling by Saint Liam won the nine-furlong Remsen at Aqueduct by 4 ¾ lengths last out on Nov. 28.

“He worked really good, but didn't go super fast,” said Levine. “He went 13 and change and I was really happy with it… just what I was looking for. He galloped out really good in 27 (seven furlongs). It wasn't super fast, but he couldn't work any better. We’re on schedule. He’ll have a couple gallops this week and that’s it. Everything is behind us now.”

Other probable/possible starters in the Fountain of Youth working Sunday morning were Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Pleasant Prince, five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Gulfstream for trainer Mike Maker and Dogwood Stable’s Aikenite, who went five-eighths in 1:00 3/5 at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Other prominent stakes runners posting workouts Sunday morning in South Florida included Mount Joy Stable’s Smooth Air (4f at CRC in 50), George and Lori Hall’s Bickersons (4f in 48 4/5 at PM), Sovereign Stable’s Negligee (6f in 1:14 at PM) and Nancy Mazzoni’s She Be Wild (4f in 50 2/5 at GP).

Smooth Air was posting his first recorded workout since returning to trainer Bennie Stutts, Jr. at his Calder headquarters. The 5-year-old homebred son of Smooth Jazz won the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) here early last year and finished a game second, beaten a half-length, in the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park on May 25.

Smooth Air was left in New York with trainer Chad Brown after the Met Mile and finished second in the Salvator Mile (G3) at Monmouth Park on July 4. After a disappointing sixth-place finish as the favorite in the Whitney Handicap (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 8, he was diagnosed with a hairline fracture of the pelvis and sent to the sidelines.   

Bickersons romped home a seven-length winner of the seven-furlong Forward Gal Stakes (G2) here on Jan. 31 for trainer Kelly Breen with 2009 Eclipse champion She Be Wild fifth as the favorite for trainer Wayne Catalano in her first start since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 6.

Negligee appears close to making her 2010 debut for trainer John Terranova. The daughter of Northern Afleet won the Alcibiades Stakes (G1) at Keeneland in early October and ran well in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies to finish sixth, beaten only 1 ¾ lengths by She Be Wild.

 


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