March means horses shuttling all over looking for graded earnings and moving forward on the Kentucky Derby trail. One of the more interesting 3-year-olds is Imperial Council, who will head up to
One horse who may be traveling east for the Gotham, run at 1 1/16 miles on the Aqueduct inner track, is I Want Revenge, one of the leading 3-year-olds in the
The shippers all will have to contend with the two brilliant locally based New York-breds Haynesfield and Mr. Fantasy, who demolished their opposition this winter.
Because the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) was shortened to one-mile this year, several trainers have been forced to look elsewhere, including Imperial Council’s trainer Shug McGaughey.
“I didn’t want to take him over to
“What we’re trying to do is get to the Wood Memorial (gr. I), so it’s not one of those win-or-else-type of deals. We just want to see a decent race that will move him forward and set him up for the Wood. That’s all we’re looking for.”
McGaughey said he was “very pleased” with Imperial Council’s 3-year-old debut, which he won by two lengths, earning a 94 Beyer figure.
“Coming off a layoff and going 6 1/2 furlongs with an Empire Maker out of a Thunder Gulch mare, you never know. He broke in the bridle and settled perfectly for Edgar behind a pretty fast pace. Edgar said when he asked him he got to those horses in three jumps. I thought he was getting a little tired at the end, but Edgar said he was just a little green and was trying to ease himself up. He’s always been an easy horse to train and he’s done really well over the winter.”
Jack Wolf, managing partner of Starlight, said Take the Points has a good deal of turf breeding (Fred Astaire and French Derby winner Caracolero), and it is hoped he will take to the synthetic surface. But if he doesn’t handle the Pro-Ride, then he will be forced to return east and finish first or second in one of the major final
“That could be a problem if he doesn’t run well, but with the way
Among those pointing for the Sham are
The same day as the Gotham, Gulfstream will have a first level allowance race that likely will attract the highly promising Checklist, another Starlight-owned colt who suffered a minor injury in his last start, and the McGaughey-trained Gone Astray , who was fourth in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) in his most recent start. McGaughey said the son of Dixie Union, who was impressive breaking his maiden at
On Saturday's Gulfstream work tab, Notonthesamepage turned in a bullet five-furlong drill in :59 2/5 for Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes, as did This Ones For Phil, who went six fuirlongs in 1:11 1/5. Also working for the Fountain of Youth was Theregoesjojo, who breezed five panels in 1:01 2/5. Hello Broadway tuned up for the March 14 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), working a sharp half-mile in :47 2/5.
working a sharp half-mile in :47 2/5.