Race of the Week 2017

Orb Likely for Fountain of Youth Stakes

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Recent allowance winner Orb will likely run in next Saturday’s $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park, providing that he pleases trainer Shug McGaughey in a workout scheduled for Monday.

“I’m looking towards it. I’m going to work him on Monday and make up my mind,” McGaughey said. “I’m leaning that way, because there’s nowhere else to run him.”

The homebred colt of Stuart Janney III and the Phipps Stable, who broke his maiden at Aqueduct in his fourth lifetime start on Nov. 24, came right back to capture a 1 1/8-mile entry-level allowance at Gulfstream on Jan. 26 despite encountering traffic in the first turn.

“When I came down here after he broke his maiden, I thought it was a deal where I’d get to run him a couple times and then when we got him back to New York and we’d run him over the bigger track – and that’d be his gig,” McGaughey said. “He was a surprise the other day, but he was training awfully well for it.”

Assuming all goes well in Monday’s workout, the son of Malibu Moon will clash with undefeated Violence in the Fountain of Youth. Since breaking his maiden in his debut at Saratoga on Aug. 18, the Todd Pletcher-trained son of Medaglia d’Oro won the Nashua (G2) at Aqueduct and the CashCall Futurity (G1) at Hollywood Park. It won’t be the first meeting between the two colts, however. Orb also debuted at Saratoga on Aug. 18, closing with a rush to finish third, just 1 ¼ lengths behind Violence, after getting away last from the rail post position in the seven-furlong race.

Next Saturday, McGaughey is also scheduled to saddle Data Link for a start in the $150,000 Canadian Turf (G3) at Gulfstream. The 5-year-old son of War Front concluded a most productive 2012 season with a 2 ¼ -length victory in the Citation (G2) at Hollywood Park in November.

Data Link won back-to-back allowance races at Gulfstream in 2011 before being sidelined for eight months. After winning a Gulfstream allowance in December 2011, he finished third in the Canadian Turf last March before becoming a Grade 1 stakes winner in the Maker’s Mile (G1) at Keeneland.

“He’s a good horse. He hurt himself down here as a 3-year-old, so he was set back,” McGaughey said. “When he was ridden right last year, he always ran good.”

McGaughey also reported that Point of Entry, who defeated 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) on Feb. 9, has come out of his impressive score in good order and will likely return in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 4.



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