Harlan's Holiday in Sharp Work For Fountain of Youth; Saarland to Skip Race

Harlan's Holiday in Sharp Work For Fountain of Youth; Saarland to Skip Race
Photo: AP/Bill Denver
Spectacular Bid Stakes winner Maybrys Boy worked Wednesday.
Harlan's Holiday turned in another sharp work for Saturday's grade I Fountain of Youth Stakes, drilling a half in :47 1/5 Wednesday with jockey Tony D'Amico aboard. In other Fountain of Youth developments, Elliott Walden has decided run Speed Hunter, and Shug McGaughey will run only Maybry's Boy, who worked a half Wednesday in :48 3/5.

McGaughey said Saarland will wait for an allowance race at Gulfstream. He also has shipped D'Coach to Gulfstream, and will consider the Florida Derby for the son of Dehere.

In his work this morning. Harlan's Holiday galloped out five furlongs in 1:00 2/5, according to trainer Kenny McPeek, who said he was very pleased with the move, and is looking forward to the son of Harlan making amends for his defeat in the Holy Bull.

"I kind of felt we got robbed," McPeek said. "I think I had the best horse in the Holy Bull, and I believe it will be proved on Saturday."

McPeek's other top 3-year-old , Repent, has arrived in New Orleans for Sunday's Risen Star Stakes.

Walden could have the sleeper in the Fountain of Youth. Speed Hunter is coming off a powerful allowance victory going seven furlongs, and appears to have an explosive turn of foot. "The horse is doing well and Rene Douglas will be the rider," Walden said.

Another Fountain of Youth starter, the undefeated Blue Burner, blew out three furlongs in :38 at Payson Park on Tuesday for trainer Bill Mott.

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