(from Gulfstream Park notes)
With a week to go before the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), This Ones for Phil and two other leading 3-year-olds put in works over the Gulfstream Park main track on the morning of Feb. 21.
Sticking with a plan that worked last time, This Ones for Phil worked six furlongs for trainer Rick Dutrow in 1:11 2/5.
Paul Pompa Jr.’s Florida-bred son of Untuttable was part of a rush of workhorses just after the first renovation break under exercise rider/jockey Mario Madrid. He sizzled the early portion of the work with fractions of :22 and :34, then leveled off on the turn, getting a half-mile in :45 2/5 while finishing well.
“Mario said it went good,” said Dutrow, who took over training of the gelding in November after a private purchase and sent him to a victory in the Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream on Jan. 24. “We wanted to try and stick with what worked going into his last race and Mario said he’s working now even better than he did then. I’m very happy with ‘Phil’ right now.”
This Ones for Phil may still have some work to do before his one-mile test in the FOY, according to Dutrow.
“We breezed a week out last time and then gave him a blowout the morning of the race,” he said. “We will see this week, but I think I’ll stick with the same set-up. It seemed to work pretty well last time.”
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Spectacular Bid stakes winner Notonthesamepage posted a bullet workout of :59 2/5 for five furlongs. Under jockey Elvis Trujillo, the homebred son of Catienus drilled shortly after the first renovation break in company with his regular workmate, the 4-year-old gelding Osceola Prince.
“Right after his last race we set out a plan,” said trainer Wesley Ward. “We set out a schedule of workouts and I sent him out with the same horse every time. I know how fast that horse (Osceola Prince) can go and we’ve been working on sitting just off him. Elvis has been great at catching him right at the wire every time.”
While Ward and Trujillo have been working on getting Notonthesamepage to relax, they know they have a quick horse on their hands and expect him to be prominent early in the one-mile Fountain of Youth.
“Usually he shoots right to the front,” said Ward. “Obviously, if they go something crazy, we might not be up there. We’ve been breezing him hoping he can learn to adapt, but he’s been trained his whole life to run on the lead. I would expect that’s probably what will happen again.”
Sanotowka Stables and partners’ Theregoesjojo picked his way around traffic to drill five furlongs in 1:01 2/5.
The traffic was there by design, according to trainer Ken McPeek. The lightly raced 3-year-old son of Brahms surged ahead of two stablemates under jockey Kent Desormeaux.
“We wanted to give him a target to run at and see something solid out of him,” said McPeek after the colt breezed past veteran stablemates Fitzaslew and Mr. Dr. Professor. “He got the last eighth in 12.”
McPeek is excited about Theregoesjojo ahead of his first career stakes race, but his experience tells him not to get too excited yet.
“I learned when I had Sarava not to get too excited this early (in the season) and don’t push too hard too soon,” he said referring to his upset winner of the 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). “We didn’t even have him in training until around this time, and you don’t want to peak too soon.”
McPeek also said Silver Wing Stable’s Free Country would get a chance to redeem himself after his fourth-place finish in last week’s Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs. He'll go in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at the Fair Grounds on Sat., Mar. 14.
“He seemed to have a hard time with that surface. He came back and drank a lot of water, which is surprising for him” said McPeek.
The son of Big Country was an impressive Gulfstream allowance winner earlier this season. “We’re going to try again and put it behind us," McPeek said. "It still is February, and there’s still time to recover.”