(Edited Gulfstream Park press release)
Kingfield Stable’s Buddy's Saint worked six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 Feb. 14 at Gulfstream Park in South Florida for trainer Bruce Levine. The Remsen Stakes (gr. II) winner got a final drill ahead of his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 20.
Buddy’s Saint was caught in fractions of :12 3/5, :25 2/5, and :49 2/5 along the way after posting a "bullet" six furlongs at Gulfstream in 1:12 2/5. Feb. 6 The $100,000 Keeneland September yearling by Saint Liam won the nine-furlong Remsen at Aqueduct by 4 ¾ lengths last November.
“He worked really good, but didn't go super fast,” said Levine. “He went 13 and change and I was really happy with it… just what I was looking for. He galloped out really good in 27 (seven furlongs). It wasn't super fast, but he couldn't work any better. We’re on schedule. He’ll have a couple gallops this week and that’s it. Everything is behind us now.”
Other probable/possible starters in the Fountain of Youth working Feb. 14 were Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Pleasant Prince, five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Gulfstream for trainer Mike Maker, and Dogwood Stable’s Aikenite , who went five-eighths in 1:00 3/5 at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher.