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Cairo Prince likely to train up to Florida Derby

  • Cairo Prince is likely to skip the Fountain of Youth (Kenny Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Cairo Prince, impressive winner of the $400,000 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park on January 25, may get some extra time before making his next start.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is looking at bypassing the $400,000 Fountain of Youth on February 22 and training up to the $1 million Florida Derby on March 29.

"The plans right now are to probably just point for the Florida Derby," McLaughlin said. "The Holy Bull was a huge effort, and they're not machines. It's hard to run every four weeks and run your best. We'll still look at (the Fountain of Youth), but we might very well skip it."

Cairo Prince came from just off the pace to win the Holy Bull by 5 3/4 lengths in 1:42 for 1 1/16 miles, the largest margin of victory since Suave Prospect won by eight in 1995.

Cairo Prince has run four times in 16 weeks since his debut last October at Belmont Park. Winner of the Nashua in his second start, he was second to Honor Code in the Remsen on November 30 to cap his juvenile season.

With his Holy Bull triumph, Cairo Prince stamped himself a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby on May 3. McLaughlin has started four horses in the Derby including 2005 runner-up Closing Argument, who also won the Holy Bull.

"Cairo's doing great and eating up well," McLaughlin said. "He's just doing real well. He's back to the track training. The Holy Bull was such a huge effort, and we have to look down the road to the first Saturday in May."