Trainer Shug McGaughey said Sunday that Maybry's Boy, a beaten favorite Hutcheson in Saturday's Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III), is still on track for the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) despite his disappointing fourth-place finish in the seven-furlong sprint.
"He got very tired on that deep track," McGaughey said of his colt's Hutcheson effort. "He came back OK and ate up this morning and seems to be in fine shape. If everything goes as planned then the Fountain of Youth will be his next race."
Meanwhile, the Hutcheson one-two finishers are less likely to start in the Feb. 16 Fountain of Youth as their respective trainers don't particularly like the two-week spacing between races.
Manny Tortora, trainer of winner Showmeitall, said, "It's probably a little too soon for him to come back, but we'll see how he does in his training over the next few days."
Tortora added that the Take Five Stable's gelding came back from the race in good order and that "he ate up everything last night and is feeling good this morning."
Trainer Mark Hennig seemed more doubtful that his Hutcheson runner-up would make it back for the Fountain of Youth.
"(Monthir) ran an excellent race and I thought he won it," said Hennig. "I'm not sure where or when he'll run next. The Fountain of Youth seems to be coming up a bit soon for him. I'll play it by ear for now."
One likely Fountain of Youth starter was out for exercise Sunday morning. Grey Beard worked five furlongs over the fast track in 1:03.
Grey Beard (Unbridled's Song -- Danzig Darling, by Danzig) beat Monthir by a nose in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on Jan. 9 at Gulfstream. George Brunacini's bay colt has won two of four starts for trainer Graham Motion.