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Freefourinternet Logs On in Hawthorne Gold Cup

The $750,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) figured to be the remedy for Perfect Drift and trainer Murray Johnson, both winless in 2004. Perfect Drift looked the best on paper and was sent off at odds of 1-2. But after being part of the pace duel early, Perfect Drift didn't offer much response when Freefourinternet, at 27-1, came from far out of it to swoop by the field for a 1 3/4-length victory.

Florida Derby Goal for Ten Cents, Powerful Touch

Trainer Ken McPeek said Saturday that two of his promising 3-year-olds, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey's Ten Cents A Shine and Stronach Stables Inc.'s Powerful Touch, are being pointed towards the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on March 15.

Trainers Plot Course in Florida Derby Series

South Florida is a 3-year-old mecca because of Gulfstream's Florida Derby Series, which starts on Jan. 18, with the running of the $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III). The series continues Feb. 15 with the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), and comes to a fitting climax March 15 with the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I).

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