(From Gulfstream Park)
Trainer John Kimmel took the first steps toward helping Break Water Edison erase the memories of a disappointing Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) with a five-furlong breeze Feb. 12 at Gulfstream Park.
After finishing last of six runners in his first start of the year, the son of Lemon Drop Kid is encouraging his trainer a rebound is coming in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 28 at Gulfstream.
“Besides the bad performance, everything has gone fine,” said Kimmel after the 1:00 breeze. “He looks well. He’s trained well. He just didn’t run well. I thought today’s breeze was great.”
Kimmel was especially happy with the fractions Break Water Edison posted in the workout, noting the Nashua Stakes (gr. III) winner got the last quarter-mile in 23 1/5 seconds according to his stopwatch. He was ridden by former jockey George Martens and went in company with 4-year-old colt Freedom Bay.
“I really liked the last quarter,” said Kimmel. “He even had to go wide at one point because the two of them came up on another horse and Georgie had to take him pretty well out there on the track.”
Kimmel and Martens, who won the 1981 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) aboard Summing and was the exercise rider for two other Belmont winners while working for the late Scotty Schulhofer, are both pretty sure they know what went wrong in the seven-furlong Hutcheson. They blame the inside post position drawn by Break Water Edison and Kimmel does not want a repeat in the one-mile Fountain of Youth.
“Every time he’s drawn inside he hasn’t run really well,” said Kimmel. “Georgie used to gallop Lemon Drop Kid and he said he was always an inconsistent horse until they put blinkers on him and he hated to be down inside. If I drew the rail again I’d have to look at other options.”
Break Water Edison has yet to race around two turns, but Kimmel is not particularly worried about making that move yet. He’s also not concerned about the likely competition expected in the next round from stakes winners such as Spectacular Bid victor Notonthesamepage and Sunshine Millions Dash champ This Ones for Phil, each with gaudy speed figures earned in sprint races this season.
“Big speed figures earned in sprint races mean nothing to me,” he said. “It’s good for me because it means there will be a lot of speed in the race and the pace scenario should be pretty good."