A huge day of racing concluded at Gulfstream Park March 3 with the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) in race 14. Jose Ortiz was aboard the heavy favorite Good Magic (3-5), but the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner could not kick on when it counted and finished third. Ortiz had won the Davona Dale (G2 Derby Oaks prep) earlier in the day aboard the favorite, Fly So High. But the Fountain of Youth belonged to his brother, Irad Ortiz, Jr., who took 18-1 long shot Promises Fulfilled to the immediate lead from the far outside and never looked back, winning by 2 ¼ lengths over speedster Strike Power (7-2).
“I thought he could open up, and he did,” trainer Dale Romans said of Promises Fulfilled. “It was a bunch of fast horses, but a lot of times that speed doesn’t materialize and coming from the outside if kind of pressed our hand.”
Promises Fulfilled burst from the gate to the early lead, setting fractions of :23.80 and 48.29 for the half mile. He maintained his one length lead over Strike Power going 6 furlongs in 1:12.60 before extending and galloping home a winner, covering the 1 1⁄16 miles in 1:44.17. Promises Fulfilled paid a robust $38.40 on a $2 win wager.
He picked up 50 qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and will be in the starting gate May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Good Magic was making his 2018 debut and took more than $450,000 in bets in the Fountain of Youth. Promises Fulfilled was overlooked taking just over $40,000 in wagering action.
Promises Fulfilled will run next in the March 31 Florida Derby and look to prove he can carry his speed further in the 1 1⁄8 mile final prep before the Kentucky Derby. Promises Fulfilled is a son of Shackleford, who won the 2011 Preakness Stakes after fading to 4th in the Kentucky Derby while running on the lead. He would later finish 2nd in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs. Now Promises Fulfilled will look to go even better than his sire, and many will be watching as he tries to sustain his speed at the classic Derby distance.
Romans also trains Storm Runner (9-1) who finished 7th in the field of nine, while his other promising cold Free Drop Billy was scratched with Romans sending him to run in the 1 mile Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct March 10 – another Kentucky Derby prep race.
But as the championship series races heat up with 50 and 100 point winners share on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, Promises Fulfilled has made his mark as one to watch more closely for the Florida Derby and the Run for the Roses.
Learn more about the Fountain of Youth with these indepth stories:
HANSON: Promises Fulfilled upsets Good Magic in Fountain of Youth
HANSON: Good Magic a strong favorite in Fountain of Youth
SCULLY: Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report: Fountain of Youth
MUCCIOLO: Kentucky Derby Sophomore Spotlight: Fountain of Youth
HANSON: Fountain of Youth win advances Promises Fulfilled in Derby standings
|10||Promises Fulfilled 18-1||$38.40||$12.80||$4.60|
|4||Strike Power 7-2||$6.40||$3.60|
|6||Good Magic 3-5||$2.20|
|Super High Five||10/4/6/9/8||$14,477.20|