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Elysium Fields, Big Brown Turn in Works

Both 3-year-olds are pointed for the March 29 Florida Derby.

Edited Press Release

Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Elysium Fields and impressive allowance winner Big Brown turned in works this week in preparation for the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) March 29.

Clockers caught the Elysium Fields going six furlongs in 1:12 March 18 at Gulfstream Park , and he unofficially galloping seven furlongs in 1:26.

“He came out of it great even though the track was on the dry side with all the wind,” said Barclay Tagg’s assistant Robin Smullen of the workout.

After breaking his maiden at Gulfstream by eight lengths in January, Robert Evans' Kentucky homebred son of El Prado stepped up to the Fountain of Youth Feb. 24 and nearly caught Robert LaPenta’s Cool Coal Man, beaten a half-length. The Florida Derby will be held at the same 1 1/8 miles distance as the Fountain of Youth, and Smullen believes the experience of living and racing at Gulfstream is a plus.

“I think it’s a great advantage against the others who don’t see this track every day,” she said. “He trains well over it, and has liked it all year.”

Smullen indicated the colt would get a final five-furlong workout March 24.

IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s rapidly developing 3-year-old colt Big Brown fired a bullet workout March 19 at Palm Meadows, solidifying his potential as the favorite in the Florida Derby.

Under jockey Kent Desormeaux, the two-for-two son of Boundary drilled a handy five furlongs in 1:00 2/5. It was the fastest of eight works at that distance that morning, including stablemate and 2007 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Kip Deville.

“I know he worked good again,” trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said. “The plan has been going well, and he’s done everything we wanted him to do so far.”

Dutrow described the workout as “just basic stuff,” designed to keep the Kentucky-bred on edge after his 12 3/4-length romp in an allowance race that had been moved from the turf to the main track March 5.

Big Brown debuted on turf at Saratoga last summer with an 11 1/4-length victory. Hoof problems kept him from making the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last fall, and delayed the colt’s 3-year-old debut until earlier this month.