02/04/2013 3:52PM

Gulfstream Park: Fountain of Youth could be next for My Name Is Michael and Speak Logistics

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Tom Keyser
Speak Logistics finished a troubled fourth in the Sam Davis at Tampa Bay Downs and may return Feb. 23 in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - My Name Is Michael and Speak Logistics, the third- and fourth-place finishers in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sam F. Davis at Tampa, could return here on Feb. 23 in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, said their respective trainers, Mott and Eddie Plesa Jr.

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My Name Is Michael was making his first start for Mott and first on dirt in the Sam Davis, rallying from last after the opening half-mile to finish just over three lengths behind race winner Falling Sky.

“I thought he ran well,” said Mott. “He shuffled himself back a little from the kick-back during the early stages, leveled off midway through the race, and seemed to be closing better than anybody, so there were some encouraging things to take out of this race. We are in the discussion process right now, but I wouldn’t rule out bringing him back in the Fountain of Youth. We’ll definitely consider it.”

Speak Logistics ranged up inside the pacesetter Falling Sky on the final turn of the Sam Davis before taking up sharply near the quarter pole, effectively losing all chance in the Sam Davis.

“He didn’t get the best of starts, he sort of leaped out of there, but I thought he was going to run by the winner at the quarter pole when then the hole closed,” said Plesa. “It’s hard to say what would have happened, although the incident surely took his momentum away. What I really liked is that he showed he doesn’t have to be on the lead and I thought the whole race was a positive experience for him.”

Plesa said the Fountain of Youth and the Tampa Bay Derby were both options for Speak Logistics’s next start.

“I’m anxious to see how the Fountain of Youth comes up,” said Plesa. “We’ll look for the easiest spot. I’m not concerned about the quick turnaround time with him if we go to the Fountain of Youth since he’s had plenty of time off and he’s a fresh horse.”

Plesa also said Itsmyluckyday is doing extremely well since last week’s big win over 2-year-old champion Shanghai Bobby in the Grade 3 Holy Bull. Itsmyluckyday is expected to bypass the Fountain of Youth to await the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 30.

 

Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure if this is an owner change on this horse as it appears as though Dave Cotey and his Dominion Bloodstock have retained a piece of him. Remember the last one Cotey sold to American interests? A little horse called Minethatbird, seems he ran up the rail at Chrchill Downs one day at around 50-1 and collected some roses. Dave Cotey is a great guy but Billy Mott he ain't. This gutsy little colt has been burning up the track at Payson and after his education at Tampa which is sometimes viewed as a tricky strip to get over due to the sandy base, I wouldn't be surprised to see him work one more time leading up to the Fountain of Youth and zingo. If Rosario follows this colt then bet,bet,bet.
Adam Wachtel More than 1 year ago
Dave is a super guy and horseman. He did a very good job bringing this colt along. He did sell me his interest in My Name Is Michael. Barry Butzer did decide to retain part ownership in the horse (another really nice guy). He's a very nice colt with lots of talent. Hopefully, the experience he got on dirt at Tampa will serve him well going forward. He never had dirt kicked in his face before and it showed the first part of the race. But, he finished with good energy and hopefully that's more indicative of his ability to run on dirt as his pedigree would suggest.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
It's a shame the Stewards at Tampa screwed up their decision to the outcome of the Sam Davis. A blind man could see that Speak Logistic's was going to run through the hole on the rail when the New York import, Espinoza jumped over to close the door on him. The way the five horse checked out of there was evident and even though there isn't a good camera shot leaving the three eigths pole head on, one could see the leader moving towards the rail while the five horse was already down there. Falling Sky has no chance in the big race itself nor do I think that imposter from Canada training Mr. Oxley's second string has a shot either. If Eddie Plesa brings back Speak Logistic's, get your duckets to the windows!
worbleworble More than 1 year ago
Agreed, Speak Logistics was loaded and probably would have won by open lengths had he not been interfered with.