Updated on 09/17/2011 8:55PM

Borislow finds his Derby prospect


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Owner-breeder Daniel Borislow has purchased a majority interest in Wild Desert, who will make his 3-year-old debut in Saturday's Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes here. Wild Desert is trained by Ken McPeek.

Borislow, who sold the majority of his breeding stock at Keeneland's Fasig Tipton November mixed sale because of problems with the Internal Revenue Service, did not reveal the details of the sale but said former owner David Gessler Jr. retained a minor interest in the horse.

Wild Desert won 2 of his 8 starts as a 2-year-old. A Canadian-bred son of Wild Rush, he also finished second in Delaware Park's Dover Stakes and concluded his campaign with a third-place finish behind Greater Good in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.

"I've been looking for a Derby prospect for years, but usually by this time of the season the 3-year-olds are either beaten up pretty good or too overpriced," said Borislow. "But I really liked this colt. Looking at his form he reminded me a lot of Real Quiet and Charismatic. He improved with every dirt race, was particularly impressive in his final start when finishing third after racing about 13 wide around the final turn, and appears to be a horse who should improve as a 3-year-old."

Borislow has had one previous Kentucky Derby starter, Talk is Money, who finished last in the 2001 Derby. He also campaigned Toccet, an Eclipse Award finalist as a 2-year-old in 2002.

"I got so upset during the beginning of the IRS process that I soured on the business and sold off a lot of my stock," Borislow said. "But once I began going through the process it became obvious I would prevail. I also love this sport. I missed it and decided to get back in the game again."

Borislow said Wild Desert, a Canadian-bred, would remain with McPeek.

"Ken has done a great job managing this horse, and as long as the colt continues to do well he'll stay in the barn," said Borislow. "Hopefully we'll be able to win the American Triple Crown, but if not I can always take him up to Canada and try to win the Canadian Triple Crown."

Violette ponders scratch

Trainer Rick Violette's worst fears were realized when Dearest Mon was assigned post 10 for Saturday's Fountain of Youth. Violette said beforehand that if his horse drew an outside post, he would likely scratch and head to the Tampa Bay Derby on March 19.

Violette said Thursday that he would discuss the situation with owner Beverly Green before making a final decision. Violette said he believes horses drawn outside of post 8 are at a huge disadvantage going 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream.

"If Sun King wasn't going to Tampa I'd scratch right now," Violette said shortly after the draw. "[Sun King] is obviously a really, really nice horse. I'll look at the Form and talk to Mrs. Green."

Dearest Mon was sent off at 3-1 in the Holy Bull and finished fifth.

Violette, who won last year's Fountain of Youth with Read the Footnotes, said Jerry Bailey told him Dearest Mon wasn't comfortable behind in the Holy Bull. Violette also believes Dearest Mon could have bounced off a tough entry-level allowance win.

Violette has worked on Dearest Mon's stifles and has been pleased with the way he has trained since. On Feb. 23, Dearest Mon breezed six furlongs in 1:11.20, a breeze Violette said "was as good as it could get."

Deputy Indy heads allowance

In between all the stakes action Saturday, there is an intriguing entry-level allowance race for 3-year-olds run at 1 1/8 miles.

Among the eight horses entered are Deputy Indy, last as the favorite in the Aventura Stakes; Noble Causeway, a good-looking maiden winner here last month; and the stakes-placed Diamond Isle.

Deputy Indy won a very strong maiden race at Aqueduct last November and was sent off at 3-2 in the Aventura on Jan. 8. Deputy Indy never got involved and was beaten 23 lengths by High Fly. Trainer Stanley Hough said he thought he had cleared up a lung infection in Deputy Indy better than he had.

"He was on antibiotics all week," Hough said. "He was doing better, but he wasn't himself. He came back full of stuff. He's trained well here recently."

Noble Causeway, trained by Nick Zito, was second to Fountain of Youth hopefuls Dearest Mon and Bandini in maiden races at Aqueduct and Gulfstream. He rallied strongly from off the pace to win a 1 1/8-mile maiden event here Feb. 5. Noble Causeway has the rail and Pat Day aboard.

Diamond Isle, trained by Ken McPeek, has not raced since finishing third in last October's Breeders' Futurity.

Siblings seek stakes success

Two horses out of the same dam will be running in stakes races on Saturday's card here.

Freefourinternet, a 7-year-old horse, is entered to run in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap. Pleasant Chimes, a 3-year-old filly, is entered in the $150,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes.

Edward Evans is the breeder of both horses, and he owns Pleasant Chimes. The dam, Dixie Chimes, won only twice from 22 career starts. She is a full sister, however, to Chimes Band, a multiple stakes-winning sprinter who captured the 1995 Deputy Minister Handicap over this track.

Freefourinternet, a son of Tabasco Cat, won last year's Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup on dirt.

Pleasant Chimes, a daughter of Pleasant Tap, is 2 for 2 and is the likely second choice behind In the Gold in the Bonnie Miss.

- additional reporting by David Grening