12/15/2012 3:39PM

Gulfstream Park: El Padrino set to make first start since Kentucky Derby

Tom Keyser
El Padrino has not raced since finishing 13th in the Kentucky Derby.

El Padrino, idle since finishing 13th in the 2012 Kentucky Derby, will launch his comeback at Gulfstream Park in Wednesday’s fourth race, a third-level optional $80,000 claiming race at a mile.

El Padrino was an impressive allowance winner to open his 3-year-old campaign here in January as a prelude to his fourth-place finish two months later in the Grade 1 Florida Derby. He has been training steadily for his return at Palm Meadows.

El Padrino was one of six horses entered for Wednesday’s $60,500 main event, along with the Grade 1-placed Citrus Kid, who was also entered in Sunday’s Harlan’s Holiday Stakes.