Elizabeth Valando’s Nobiz Like Shobiz showed his readiness for the March 3 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) by working six furlongs in 1:11 1/5 at Gulfstream Park Friday.
The son of Albert the Great, who is coming off a victory in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 3, has won three of his four career starts. His only defeat coming in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I), in which he had a rough trip in his only the second start of his career.
"I told Cornelio (Velasquez) to go in :12s the whole way and he came pretty close," trainer Barclay Tagg said. "I got him the first three-eighths in :35 and change and caught him galloping out seven furlongs in 1:24 and a tick, so everything worked out well."
Nobiz Like Shobiz, who has also won the Remsen Stakes (gr. II), could face some stiff competition in the Fountain of Youth. Those pointing for the nine-furlong race include Holy Bull runner-up Drums of Thunder, who was beaten only 1 ½ lengths by Nobiz Like Shobiz; Adore the Gold, winner of the 6 ½-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. II) in fast time; Buffalo Man, winner of his last three starts, including the Spectacular Bid Stakes and OBS Championship Stakes; Scat Daddy, winner of the Champagne who was third in the Holy Bull; Delightful Kiss, winner of a one-mile allowance race Feb. 11; and Johannesburg Star, second in the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct.
Possibles include Sam P., Hal’s My Hope, Chelokee, and Highest Degree.
Also on March 3 is the 7 ½-furlong Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II), which likely will attract Forefathers, runner-up in the Swale; Spin Master, an impressive allowance winner; Storm in May, winner of the Sunshine Millions Dash; as well as Bold Start, Reatas Rocket, Yes by Jiminy, and at least one of three horses trained by Todd Pletcher – King of the Roxy, Out of Gwedda, or Air Lord.