Race of the Week 2017

Soldat Sails Home in Fountain of Youth

Soldat took full advantage of his rail draw and never relinquished the lead in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth (G2) Stakes at Gulfstream Park.


Soldat set sail for the front under Alan Garcia and took the field through controlled fractions of :24.34, :47.99, and 1:12.43. Longshot El Grayling applied token pace pressure but faded badly and was eased. To Honor And Serve tracked the leader wide and made a run around the far turn.


To Honor And Serve could not match strides with Soldat and Gourmet Dinner took up the chase. Soldat had plenty left for the drive and kicked clear to win by two lengths.


Gourmet Dinner, ridden for the first time by Ramon Dominguez, finished almost five lengths clear of a tiring To Honor And Serve, who was making his first start since November for Bill Mott.


Recent graduate Bowman’s Causeway was 4th in a strung out field with Shackleford, Racing Aptitude, Casper’s Touch, and El Grayling completing the order of finish.


Soldat stopped the clock in 1:50.23 and paid $4.80 as the favorite. Kiaran McLaughlin trains the winner.






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Soldat ran great, I loved the way he continued to kick away at the head of the stretch after leading all the way around. To Honor And Serve is a good colt but I don't like the idea of him only having one more race before the Derby.
You are right about THAS, Arbouwkamp. He was a short horse for sure. The next race will tell the story. He needs to pull a R Heat Lighning - flat first time back followed by a romp.
Next start for THAS will be the telling point. He wil either run huge or be sub par and not go to the Derby. Still don't understand why Mott wants only 2 preps his race yesterday showed his fitness level IMO.
Winning Beyer = 96
So far on the Derby trail we have plenty of solid performers but not much of a wow factor. The FOY seemed similar to the Risen Star. Top 3 ran well enough with THAS seemingly needing the race. At this point I would say if Uncle Mo comes back as good as last year or better the rest are in big trouble. I have always been high on Mo's stablemate Stay Thirsty and am looking forward to the Gotham.
nice race. very professional
damn and the way he went was just crazy at the 1 1/8. he's a real deal.
Soldat's getting better with every run. This horse is a star in the making, IMO. Able to win stakes races on turf or conventional dirt. That's definitely the sign of a very good colt, indeed. Beat another very talented colt in To Honor and Serve pretty handily in the Fountain of Youth Stakes today. This colt could be a player come Derby time.

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