03/12/2011 5:25PM

Florida Derby candidate Gourmet Dinner surprisingly ships to rural Ocala


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The Gulfstream Park stall office reported Saturday that Gourmet Dinner, runner-up in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes here on Feb. 26 and a possible candidate for the Grade 1 Florida Derby on April 3, shipped off the grounds early Friday evening with the destination on the transit slip listed as Ocala, Fla.

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Neither trainer Steve Standridge or owner Bill Terrill returned calls on Saturday regarding the reason for Gourmet Dinner leaving Gulfstream Park which has been his home throughout the winter.

Gourmet Dinner, winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot, is presently second on the graded earnings list behind only Uncle Mo with $780,000. He was listed at 40-1 as of 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager-Pool 2.