Cerro, who made an impressive dirt debut in a Gulfstream allowance
last weekend, is expected to go back to the grass for his next start in
the $150,000 Palm Beach (G3) instead of returning in the $400,000
Fountain of Youth (G2) on Feb. 23.
“He’s got a lot of turf pedigree. We already know he handles the
grass and he handles dirt too. The Palm Beach might be a good option,
rather than throw him into a race like the Fountain of Youth,” trainer
Graham Motion said. “We feel like it’s a little bit early for that, for
Should all go well in the Palm Beach, Motion said the Irish-bred
Italian import could earn his way to the Derby in the $500,000 Spiral
Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park on March 23.
Motion prepped Animal Kingdom for his 2011 Kentucky Derby triumph
with a Gulfstream grass race, in which he finished second, and the
Spiral Stakes, which he won to earn his way into the Derby field. Last
year, Motion saddled Went the Day Well for a fourth-place Kentucky Derby
finish after breaking his maiden over Gulfstream’s main track and
winning the Spiral by more than four lengths.