Champion juvenile male Good Magic (Curlin) was among a number of sophomores who breezed Saturday with an eye towards next week’s GII Fountain of Youth S. at Gulfstream Park. Unseen since breaking his maiden in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables colorbearer went four furlongs by himself at Palm Meadows in :48.30 (5/56) (XBTV Video).
Also out for spins Saturday were a trio of Dale Romans trainees who worked at Gulfstream: Grade I winner and last-out GII Holy Bull S. runner-up Free Drop Billy (Union Rags) (5f, 1:01.55, 16/39); GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. third finisher Promises Fulfilled (Shackleford) (5f, 1:00.42, 8/39); and Feb. 4 allowance winner Storm Runner (Get Stormy) (5f, :59.01, 4/39).
“Everybody worked well,” Romans said. “I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with them all yet, but I’ll make that decision [Sunday]…They’re moving forward all the time. They’re some nice horses, they’re doing well and I’ve just got to pick the right spots for them. They have to step it up now. As long as they step up, we’ll be in good shape.”
Speedy, unbeaten ‘TDN Rising Star‘ Strike Power (Speightstown), who took the seven-furlong GIII Swale S. Feb. 3, stopped the clock in :48.14 (11/86). His breeze also came over the Gulfstream main track and was in company with older stablemate Carlino (Lemon Drop Kid).
“I thought he went well,” trainer Mark Hennig said. “Everything went according to plan. He didn’t work too fast but go something out of it so we were pleased… These races are coming up in fairly short order, and we got a good five-eighths last week and we went a half today and galloped out nice. He settled off of Carlino and finished up nice.”
Feb. 3 maiden special weight romper Machismo (More Than Ready) fired the five-furlong bullet in Hallandale in :58.45 (1/39).