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2015 Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream

Wildcat RedThis weekend we’ll see 3 Kentucky Derby Points Races in the Risen Star, the Fountain of Youth and the rescheduled Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn. Keep in mind that the Southwest Stakes awards 10 points to the winner, 4 pts to the place, 2 pts to the show and 1 point to the fourth place finisher. You can catch that article here- 2015 Southwest Stakes. The Risen Star and the Fountain of Youth, on the other hand, kick off the Kentucky Derby Championship Series where the 1st place winner will receive 50 pts, 2nd gets 20 pts, 3rd gets 10 pts and 4th gets 5 pts. If you are unfamiliar with the points system, you can read up on it here- 2015 Kentucky Derby Points System. Be sure and bookmark that page as we keep up with all of the points’ races, links to the replays and the leaderboard. In last year’s Fountain of Youth, Wildcat Red stuck his head out in front of General a Rod for the win and paid $11.00. Let’s see what kind of value we can produce in this year’s edition of the Fountain of Youth!

Gulfstream’s Fountain of Youth

UpstartThe $400,000 Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes is the 11th race on the card at Gulfstream on Saturday and will feature a field of 8 three year olds traveling 1 1/16 mile. The big talk in this race is the match-up between Upstart and Frosted. Upstart is the morning line favorite in this one at 8/5. Upstart beat out Frosted in his last race, the Grade 2 Holy Bull, by 5 ½ lengths. He was quite impressive with that win, but I think he may get into some trouble in this one. Upstart likes to be out front, or at least very close to it and there appears to be a lot of frontend speed here. That may give an advantage here to Frosted, because he has shown he doesn’t have to be up front, but can stalk well. FrostedStill, at 5/2 on the morning line, Frosted won’t provide us with a good pay-off, so I’m searching for something that could pull off the upset and give us a good payday. For value, I’m giving Gorgeous Bird the nod at 6 to 1 on the morning line. He has won his last 2 and shown that he can come from behind to nab a win. He’ll be stepping up in class here, but with Joel Rosario back in the irons, I believe he has a good shot. For a long shot play, I’m interested in seeing Juan and Bina in this one at 20 to 1 on the ML. Juan and Bina ran 4th in the Holy Bull, but what is intriguing here is that Javier Castellano gets the mount. Castellano had been on board 3rd place finisher, Bluegrass Singer, who is also entered in this race. I’m not sure what caused the change, but I would definitely keep an eye on Juan and Bina for a possible upset here. Good luck everybody!

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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