Photo: Eclipse Spotswire
Trainer Dale Romans is leaning towards running Medal Count in the
$400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park
on February 22. Owned by Spendthrift Farm, the son of Dynaformer
rebounded from an unplaced effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) on
November 2 to share win honors in an allowance on the Gulfstream grass
on January 12.
Medal Count has breezed four times since that effort, most recently
covering five furlongs in 1:01.02 yesterday morning at
"I think we're going to run," Romans said. "He worked great going
five-eighths. He's a good horse and does everything right."
A $360,000 yearling purchase, Medal Count aired by 6 1/4 lengths in
his off-the-turf debut at Ellis Park on September 1. He followed that
with a close fifth in the Bourbon Stakes (G3) that was washed onto the
Keeneland Polytrack a month later, and faded to finish 11th in the
Breeders' Cup after racing too close to a fast pace.
A large field is expected for the Fountain of Youth, which will offer Kentucky Derby qualifying points of 50-20-10-5.