Borislow Buys Derby Prospect Wild Desert

Owner-breeder Dan Borislow has purchased the 3-year-old colt Wild Desert from the partnership of Sarah-Lyn Stables and Carl Gessler Jr.

Wild Desert, who will remain with trainer Kenny McPeek, will make his seasonal debut in the March 5 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. Pat Day has the mount.

Borislow said the colt would be pointed toward the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and could be considered for the Canadian Triple Crown. The son of Wild Rush finished third in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs in his last start at two. He has a record of 8-2-2-1.

"He has improved on every prior race on dirt, which is a terrific sign," Borislow said. "He has been managed very well to date, getting a breather, letting him grow, staying in a paddock and hardening his bones, and quieting this guy from racing. He is a horse who has run often early, but has not nearly had his best performance."

Windways Farm Ltd. bred Wild Desert in Ontario, Canada, from the Desert Wine mare Desert Radiance.

Borislow, who campaigned multiple grade I winner Toccet, dispersed the majority of his breeding stock during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale following a dispute with the IRS.

"I had my brief hiatus, and now I am energized and charged again," Borislow said. "I am very confident in prevailing 100% with the IRS and look forward to returning to the horse business."