Edited from HRTV press release--
HorseRacing TV will offer viewers a pair of important Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prep races Saturday, along with the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in a March 4 coast-to-coast telecast.
The Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), presented by Gainesway, from Gulfstream Park; the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) from Santa Anita, and the prestigious $1-million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) for older horses headline HRTV's star-studded "Super Saturday" of racing.
The $300,000 Fountain of Youth tops the action-packed stakes slate from Hallandale, Fla., which includes five other graded stakes races. The 1 1/8-mile event is expected to lure highly regarded First Samurai. On the West Coast, Brother Derek, atop many lists as the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby, figures to be heavily-favored in the $200,000 Santa Catalina at 1 1/16 miles.
Last year's Kentucky Derby winner, Giacomo, heads the nine-horse field in the Santa Anita Handicap, contested at 1 1/4 miles. Among the entrants who pose the biggest threat to Giacomo are: High Limit, who defeated son of Holy Bull
in the Feb. 4 Strub Stakes (gr. II); Lava Man, winner of the Sunshine Millions; and Spellbinder.
"The focus of the racing industry and its fans will be on events at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park this weekend," Jim Bates, executive vice president and general manager of HRTV said. "Our ability to offer wire-to-wire telecasts of these races, and the outstanding cards that surround them in their entirety, brings real value to our viewers, our distribution partners, and Thoroughbred racing in general."
Five other graded stakes races accompany the Fountain of Youth on the Gulfstream card. Topping the extensive list of supporting stakes is the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.
In addition, two grade II events -- the $200,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint and the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap -- are slated. The $100,000 Honey Fox and the $100,000 Very One Handicap, both grade III stakes, are also on the card.
In addition to the Santa Catalina and the 'Big Cap Anita, the $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) for older horses, and the $100,000 Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT) brings together sophomore sprinters at 6 1/2 furlongs at the Arcadia, Calif. track.