Discover the strong field of 12 runners for Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. The top-four 3-year-olds to cross the wire will receive a 50-20-10-5 points return in the “2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby” challenge series contest.
CANDY TYCOON
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
2
Top Speed Rating:
(93) in maiden score at Gulfstream Park
Total Earnings:
$58,600
Owner:
Mathis Stable
Breeder:
Trainer:
Todd Pletcher
Jockey:
Manuel Franco
Sire:
Twirling Candy
Dam:
Liberty’s Lyric
Color:
Dark Bay

This Kentucky-bred broke through in style with a fine maiden conquer on the grounds in his most recent effort. The Todd Pletcher pupil faces a tall task in his stakes debut from the rail, while also losing his go-to pilot for this endeavor. The son of Twirling Candy will be saving ground throughout with Manny Franco in the silks.

MAKABIM
Total 7 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
2
Top Speed Rating:
(84) when fifth in American Fabius at Gulfstream
Total Earnings:
$29,862
Owner:
Daniel C Hurtak
Breeder:
Venneri Racing
Trainer:
Daniel C Hurtak
Jockey:
Miguel Vasquez
Sire:
Tapizar
Dam:
Smart Typical
Color:
Bay

Longshot gelding was a non-factor facing lesser most recently and would be a huge surprise on Saturday. The gelding will need a lifetime best to challenge for a placing inside the final furlong.

MASTERDAY
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(86) in maiden win at Gulfstream Park West
Total Earnings:
$32,440
Owner:
Gelfenstein Farm
Breeder:
Hurstland Farm and Tom Bozarth
Trainer:
Gilberto Zerpa
Jockey:
Christian Torres
Sire:
New Year’s Day
Dam:
Ferdie’s Gal
Color:
Bay

Lightly raced colt was game to be runner-up behind a sharp winner in a local allowance assignment in his latest venture. The $82,000 juvenile purchase makes his stakes debut against a very talented cast, and he seems like an outsider at this stage of his development. Christian Torres will ride.

THE FALCON
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
0
Place:
1
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(75) when runner-up in maiden heat at Turfway Park
Total Earnings:
$8,100
Owner:
Ron Paolucci Racing and Ashley Quartarolo
Breeder:
Phillips Racing Partnership et al’s
Trainer:
Anthony Quartarolo
Jockey:
Marco Meneses
Sire:
Union Rags
Dam:
Penumbra
Color:
Chestnut

This chestnut is still a maiden following two career performances and lands in a tough spot for his first stakes try. The Kentucky-bred has room for improvement in his second route assignment, but he looks overmatched on this occasion

DENNIS’ MOMENT
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(98) in Iroquois (G3) victory at Churchill Downs
Total Earnings:
$167,800
Owner:
Albaugh Family Stables
Breeder:
Tolo Thoroughbreds
Trainer:
Dale Romans
Jockey:
Flavien Prat
Sire:
Tiznow
Dam:
Transplendid
Color:
Bay

Grade 3 winner was no factor following a horrific start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) in his 2-year-old finale. Dale Romans pupil is among the most talented horses in his crop, and the Tiznow colt is training in fine fashion for his 2020 bow. The Kentucky-bred bay picks up pilot Flavien Prat for his first run on the course.

AS SEEN ON TV
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
2
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(103) in Mucho Macho Man S. second at Gulfstream
Total Earnings:
$108,205
Owner:
Screen Door Stables
Breeder:
Craig Wheeler
Trainer:
Kelly Breen
Jockey:
Paco Lopez
Sire:
Lookin at Lucky
Dam:
Untamed Passion
Color:
Bay

This talented Florida-bred has been first or second in each of his four lifetime engagements, including a close second in the Mucho Macho Man S. last time out. The Kelly Breen trainee has done little wrong to date and proved capable of handling a mile on the oval in advance of his first graded attempt. The son of Lookin at Lucky retains the services of Paco Lopez.

COUNTRY GRAMMER
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(94) in maiden triumph at Aqueduct
Total Earnings:
$43,000
Owner:
Paul Pompa, Jr.
Breeder:
Scott Pierce and Debbie Pierce
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Jockey:
Javier Castellano
Sire:
Tonalist
Dam:
Arabian Song
Color:
Bay

This interesting prospect was a sharp maiden winner in his dirt debut at Aqueduct in November and is training forwardly in advance of his return. The expensive $450,000 son of Tonalist will need improvement to challenge this crew late while making his 2020 debut, but he could be a contender with a forward move off of his initial triumph. Javier Castellano inherits the mount.

GEAR JOCKEY
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
0
Place:
1
Show:
2
Top Speed Rating:
(89) in maiden second on the Saratoga turf
Total Earnings:
$134,075
Owner:
Calumet Farm
Breeder:
Calumet Farm
Trainer:
Rusty Arnold
Jockey:
Julien Leparoux
Sire:
Twirling Candy
Dam:
Switching Gears
Color:
Bay

Grade 1-placed maiden will make his 3-year-old debut for conditioner Rusty Arnold. The son of Twirling Candy has done his best work on the turf to this point of his career, but the Kentucky-bred is training well and obviously has ability. The colt will stalk the pace early on with Julien Leparoux signed on.

LIAM’S LUCKY CHARM
Total 7 start(s)
Wins:
3
Place:
1
Show:
2
Top Speed Rating:
(103) in 2019 Affirmed S. score at Gulfstream
Total Earnings:
$338,800
Owner:
Stonehedge
Breeder:
Stonehedge
Trainer:
Ralph Nicks
Jockey:
Edgard Zayas
Sire:
Khozan
Dam:
P. S. I Love You
Color:
Bay

This homebred was forwardly placed before faltering in the stretch in the Risen Star (G2) last time out. The Ralph Nicks charge has won or placed in all five local runs to date, and he might peak making a third run off the bench. The bay zipped a bullet five panels to ready for his toughest assignment to date.

SHOTSKI
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(98) when taking the Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct
Total Earnings:
$217,222
Owner:
Gary Barber et al’s
Breeder:
Springland Farm and Prime Bloodstock
Trainer:
Jeremiah O’Dwyer
Jockey:
John Velazquez
Sire:
Blame
Dam:
She Cat
Color:
Bay

Remsen (G2) victor commenced his 3-year-old season with a solid runner-up performance in the Withers (G3) at Aqueduct. The $25,000 bargain purchase put forth a big gate drill in advance of his first run at Gulfstream Park, and he will be forwardly placed from the break under new pilot John Velazquez.

ETE INDIEN
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(104) when runner-up in Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream
Total Earnings:
$97,556
Owner:
Linda Shanahan et al’s
Breeder:
Robert Tillyer and Eric Buckley
Trainer:
Patrick Biancone
Jockey:
Julien Leparoux
Sire:
Summer Front
Dam:
East India
Color:
Dark Bay

This rising star has delivered a pair of huge races since moving to the main surface, including a fine second in the Holy Bull (G3) most recently. The Patrick Biancone pupil owns early speed and a strong late kick, and his best showing makes him a prime win contender in the Fountain of Youth. Florent Geroux will guide the top prospect for the first time on Saturday.

CHANCE IT
Total 6 start(s)
Wins:
4
Place:
2
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(103) in Mucho Macho Man S. score at Gulfstream
Total Earnings:
$444,910
Owner:
Shooting Star Thoroughbreds
Breeder:
Bett Usher
Trainer:
Saffie Joseph, Jr.
Jockey:
Tyler Gaffalione
Sire:
Currency Swap
Dam:
Vagabon Diva
Color:
Bay

Consistently excellent son of Currency Swap draws widest in the field while coming off a strong stakes victory in the Mucho Macho Man S. on this course. The three-time stakes hero has raced solely at Gulfstream Park in his lifetime, and he smashed a robust three furlongs in preparation of his graded stakes debut. The colt will be a major player if able to overcome the tough draw under Tyler Gaffalione.