With Cairo Prince and Honor Code sitting out the next leg of the Florida sophomore series on the road to the Kentucky Derby, the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth attracted a strong 13-horse field led by Top Billing.
- Dark Bay or Brown Colt
- Born 2011
|Trainer||Patrick B. Byrne|
|Jockey||Calvin H. Borel|
|Owner||Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC|
|Breeder||Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC|
|Almost Famous View Five-Cross Pedigree||Unbridled's Song||Unbridled|
|Wild Gams||Forest Wildcat|
|Diamonds and Legs|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Secure Investments||Warrendale Sales, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings||$75,000|
|Two-year-old||Charles Sandford||Secure Investments||$500,000|
Almost Famous will make his next start in the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth (gr. II); Honor Code returns to tab; Cairo Prince expected to breeze Feb. 15 while prepping for the Florida Derby (gr. I).
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Colt heads a stout field of 11 sophomore contenders in first start since Remsen for the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull, a Jan. 25 event that drew the likes of undefeated Coup de Grace, Almost Famous, and Mr Speaker.
Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Mr Speaker breezed a half-mile at Payson Park the morning of Jan. 19 in preparation for a scheduled start in the upcoming $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
While the finish figures to be more difficult to predict, on paper Almost Famous looks like he will be the early leader in the $150,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 30 at Churchill Downs.
Besides giving thanks, eating turkey, and shopping this weekend, Churchill Downs hopes race fans find some time to think about next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) contender Almost Famous worked three furlongs in :36 2/5 Nov. 21 at Churchill Downs, while Golden Rod (gr. II) candidate Canaryinacoalmine zipped five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.