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Buddy's Saint Okay After 'Youth Adventure

Kingfield Stable’s Buddy’s Saint was sent off the 9-to-5 favorite in Saturday’s $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park in his 3-year-old debut for trainer Bruce Levine. With regular jockey Jose Lezcano in the saddle, the colt ran into traffic in the first turn before checking in ninth behind Eskendereya at the finish of the 1 1/8 miles test.

“He (Lezcano) said we got shut off going into the first turn, so we really had a rough trip and had trouble making up ground,” said Levine Sunday morning. “It’s a tough track to make up ground on so we’ll just throw the race out and start again.

“He came out of it good,” continued Levine. “We’ll give him a few days and then take him back to the track and see how he is from there. I won’t make up my mind for a week or two to see how he’s doing before deciding where he goes next.”

A $100,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by Saint Liam, Buddy’s Saint was making his first start since an impressive 4 ¾ lengths victory in the nine-furlong Remsen Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct on Nov. 28 in his third career start after winning the Nashua Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct by 12 lengths three weeks before.

Stakes-Class Field Set for Thursday Allowance Feature

It’s prime-time for the South Florida racing season at Gulfstream Park and high-profile stakes horses often turn up in the entries for allowance races. The seventh on Thursday is a prime example with Fab Oak Stables and partners’ Nownownow, J. Paul Reddam and Willmott Stable’s Wesley and Douglas Gibson’s Grand Cash in the field of eight older horses drawn for the 1 1/8 miles turf test.

Jockey Julien Leparoux is named to ride Nownownow for trainer Patrick Biancone as he makes his first start on the East Coast since capturing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Monmouth Park in October of 2007. The 5-year-old son of Whywhywhy has campaigned in California for the most part since then, most recently finishing eighth in the San Antonio Handicap (G2) over the Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita on Feb. 7.

Nownownow won the San Fernando Handicap (G2) at Santa Anita early last year and ran a big race finishing third in the Mervin Muniz Jr. Handicap (G2) at Fair Grounds in March, beaten a head by Proudinsky. He didn’t run again until finishing third in the San Pasqual Handicap (G2) at Santa Anita on Jan. 9 this year before the San Antonio.

Jockey Javier Castellano rides Wesley for trainer Mark Hennig as he makes his first start since finishing sixth in the Fourstardave Handicap (G2) at Saratoga on Aug. 2. The roan/gray El Prado horse won the Hall of Fame Stakes (G2) at Saratoga as a 3-year-old and the Miami Mile Handicap (G3) at Calder in late April last year. He ran another big race rallying for third in the Dixie Stakes (G2) at Pimlico on Preakness Day.

Grand Cash makes his first start since finishing second in the Calder Derby (G3) on Oct. 17, beaten a half-length by Sal the Barber after a slow start. Trained by veteran horseman Dave Vivian, Grand Cash is a 4-year-old son of Belong to Me who won two overnight stakes on turf at Calder last summer.

Completing the field are Annamarie Calabrese’s Marquet Cat, F.L. Ortiz; Stuart Janney III’s Hunting, Alan Garcia; Shadwell Stable’s Danak, Cornelio Velasquez; Eldon Farm’s Wheels Up At Noon, Rajiv Maragh; and Emma Dixon’s Staying On, Joe Bravo.


Maragh & Catalano Milestone Watch Carries Over

Jockey Rajiv Maragh and trainer Wayne Catalano each go into Sunday’s racing action one short of career milestones for winners, after near misses on Saturday.

Maragh, a 24-year-old native of Jamaica, posted two runner-up finishes and three thirds on Saturday’s Fountain of Youth program at Gulfstream Park. He has eight chances on Sunday to click his career total over from 999 to 1,000.

Catalano had runners entered at three tracks Saturday, one at Gulfstream, two at Tampa Bay Downs and another at Hawthorne in Chicago, but all four lost leaving for another day his opportunity to advance his total from 1,999 to 2,000. Catalano’s only runner entered Sunday was at Tampa Bay, but he was scratched after not drawing into the fifth race off the ‘also-eligible’ list.


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Older Comments about Buddy's Saint Okay After 'Youth Adventure...

Buddy didnt get anything conditioning wide from the race, he will need tostep it up big timenext start. I believe he is talented enough todo just that.. If he doesn't, then and only then will i conceded he doesnt belong.
Wow, strong words, Cigar. But I do think you're on the right track. While you can throw the race out for Buddy's Saint, it's not a good sign that he didn't run a lick. And while we're talking FOY, let's not forget that EVERYTHING went Eskendereya's way. Great horse, but let's not forget that he sat second off a slow pace in a dream spot on the outside while two of the top players in the race were crunched in traffic trouble.
Lezcano really did a number. First of all, he should have never gone into that hole. Second of all, Aikenite was just as bounced around as Buddy's Saint, and he ran on okay. Simply put - the excuse train keeps chugging along. Buddy's Saint is NOT top tier 3-year-old.

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