Weather to Determine Sweet Catomine's Next Start

Weather to Determine Sweet Catomine's Next Start
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Champion Sweet Catomine, has been nominated to the Fountain of Youth Stakes.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's Sweet Catomine, last year's juvenile filly champ, has been nominated to the March 5 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), and could run in the nine-furlong race at Florida's Gulfstream Park if the bad weather in Southern California hampers her training, trainer Julio Canani said Friday.

"The owner is in Mexico and is coming back (Saturday), and we'll talk about it then," Canani said. "But her next scheduled race is the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) on March 13, and then from there we'll see where we want to go. But right now, everything depends on the weather. It's supposed to start raining again Sunday night and continue for the next two or three days, and you don't know what's coming the rest of the week. What we're doing is covering our bases so we don't miss something. If the weather is bad next week, then we'll switch."

Canani was literally speechless when he attempted to describe how Sweet Catomine was doing. After fumbling with his words, he finally got two of them out: "Oh, boy."

Canani said the daughter of Storm Cat will breeze Saturday. If she runs in the Santa Anita Oaks, all Canani is hoping for is to draw on the outside to give the big filly clear sailing, unlike the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) in which she had to check nearing the five-sixteenths pole.

"She's a very special filly," Canani said. "Thank God she's sound. And she's so laid back. She can get a little stirred up coming back after a gallop, but going to the track with the pony, she's so calm and relaxed."

If Canani and the Wygods decide to point for Sweet Catomine for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), she could use the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) as her final prep.

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