McPeek stresses Signalman's Fountain of Youth only a 'prep'

McPeek stresses Signalman's Fountain of Youth only a 'prep'
Photo: Lauren King/Gulfstream Park

Graded stakes winner Signalman breezed five furlongs Saturday in 1:01.75 at Gulfstream Park, tuning up for for next Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth, a 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Derby 2019 prep.

“It was a nice solid workout," said trainer Kenny McPeek. "We wanted a maintenance breeze. We didn’t want to work too fast at this point in the season. We still have a couple months for the big races. This is a prep.

"This will be his first race of the season. This is a nice horse. He galloped out good.”

Owned by Tommie Lewis, David Bernsen LLC and Magdalena Racing, Signalman worked in company with Harvey Wallbanger, whom McPeek saddled for an upset victory Feb. 2 in the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park. Harvey Wallbanger was also clocked in 1:01.75.

“We’re going to wait on Harvey. He still needs to get a little bigger and stronger for that next step,” McPeek said. “We’ve got plenty of time. We’re going to wait probably for the Florida Derby.”

Signalman closed out his 2018 campaign with a victory in the Nov. 24 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs, where, three weeks earlier, he  had closed from 10th to finish third in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

 

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