Updated on 02/17/2013 6:57PM

Gulfstream Park: Fountain of Youth favorite Violence turns in five-furlong bullet

Tom Keyser
Violence, working outside stablemate Palace Malice, was among several high-profile Kentucky Derby prospects for Todd Pletcher to breeze Sunday morning at Palm Meadows.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -  Six potential starters for Saturday’s Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park turned in their final preps Sunday morning at a frigid Palm Meadows. The group ncluded likely favorite Violence, who went five furlongs in 1:00.36 in company with stablemate Palace Malice.

Violence’s work was a bullet on a tab that also included Elmutahid (1:00.46); Majestic Hussar (1:00.60); Sky Captain (1:01.01), and Cerro (1:01.48). In addition, Falling Sky breezed a half-mile in 49.95 seconds. His trainer, John Terranova, then confirmed the Sam Davis winner would run in the Fountain of Youth rather than await the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 9.

Other 3-year-olds expected to enter when the Fountain of Youth is drawn on Wednesday include Speak Logistics, Joshua’s Comprise, and Orb.

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Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. confirmed Sunday morning that Speak Logistics, a troubled fourth in the Sam F. Davis at Tampa in his 3-year-old debut, would forego the Tampa Bay Derby to run in the Fountain of Youth with Joel Rosario named to ride. Plesa also trains Holy Bull winner Itsmyluckyday, who is expected to vie for favoritism here next month with Shanghai Bobby in the $1 million Florida Derby.

Violence, undefeated in three starts, posted splits of 36.40 and 48.20 seconds before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.20,  according to Palm Meadows  head clocker Bryan Walls.

“I thought he worked outstanding. I was very, very pleased with his work,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “He galloped out strongly, came back well. He’s ready to go.”

Cerro breezed five furlongs in company with the older turf horse Went the Day Well, the pair going their opening three-eighths in :37.20 before finishing in :24.20 and galloping out six furlongs in 1:15, according to Walls.

Trainer Graham Motion said he plans to enter Cerro, an impressive allowance winner here last month, in the Fountain of Youth and will make his decision on whether to run based on the post position draw.

 “I thought he went super this morning,” said Motion. “We definitely plan to enter and as long as we get a decent post position we’ll run. If he doesn’t, we’ll go back to our original plan, which is to run in the Palm Beach on the turf. I just feel   post position is so important in this race.”

The Fountain of Youth will be decided at 1 1/16 miles with a short run to the clubhouse turn.

Motion cited a couple of reasons why he has decided to possibly try the Fountain of Youth with Cerro in lieu of the Palm Beach as first mentioned after the 3-year-old’s  allowance victory.

“First of all, we saw a lot of horses skipping the race,” said Motion, referring to both Itsmyluckyday and Shanghai Bobby. “And we have to bear in mind the points. If we go to the Palm Beach, we’ll be putting all our eggs in one basket in his next start. The only thing I’d change, if I could is, that I wish the Fountain of Youth was a mile and one eighth and not a mile and one sixteenth because he’s already been a mile and one eighth.”

Pletcher worked several Derby hopefuls Sunday at Palm Meadows. That group included  Shanghai Bobby, an easy half-mile in 49.60 in company with Forty Tales; Verrazano, a half in 48 with a 1:01 five-furlong gallop out alongside stablemate Doherty;  and Overanalyze, five-eighths in 1:00.40 with a six-furlong gallop out in 1:13.40 in company with Delhomme.

Pletcher said Shanghai Bobby just breezed an easy four furlongs, his first work since finishing second in the Holy Bull.

“First work back, just a nice easy half. I thought he was moving great,” said Pletcher. “His energy level is good. I’m really happy with him too.”

Pletcher also called Verrazano’s work “awesome” on Sunday.

“He went effortlessly,” said Pletcher.

The undefeated Verrazano is scheduled to make his stakes debut in the Tampa Bay Derby.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman




Dustin Ohara More than 1 year ago
Can't knock on viloence undefeated baby!!!
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
By the way.Voilence will go the way of every other "fast" horse when the real racing starts.....Just another Trinniberg come Derby Day.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Whoa man - Don't blame it on Trinni !!!
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
I already complained. They told me to pound sand. On Saturday i tried SEVERAl locations to buy a DRF for Sunday ion South Jersey. NONE. On Sunday morning, i called the DRF distribution number to see if there were going to be any at the OTB where i was going. They HAD NO CLUE, but did offer to have someone call me back.... I think they thought i wanted a call NEXT SUNDAY, as i didn't get one yesterday. What a joke.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
off topic: the banner at the bottom of the homepage is a disgusting and annoying inconvience. It makes me hate to come to the DRF site. Betting horses is becoming extremly annoying.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Pick a winner.
John Pisiona More than 1 year ago
Pletcher vs. Baffert every Feb. for the ink. on the first Sat. In May
Alex More than 1 year ago
Pletcher having all of the good horses means we get denied the chance of seeing good horses race one another. But people love it, sick sick sick.
Dave More than 1 year ago
Any updates on Pletcher's 3 year old fillies, in particular Dreaming of Julia. Is she still on target for the KY Oaks?
Mike More than 1 year ago
Todd Pletcher is becoming the "Wal-Mart" of horse racing!
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Pletcher's yearly arsenal of promising three year olds is becoming the stuff of legend. It's partly the old "who you know" adage at work. That being said, few among us will ever begin to understand the pressure that a trainer of Pletcher's professional LEVEL (not caliber), faces. Someone once said that the word "business" was longer than the word "show" and hence the coined phrase: SHOW BUSINESS! Same with horse racing. The word business is longer than the word horse. The word "business" is also longer than the word "racing"| If we came up with an equation (of sorts) to try and come close to figuring why, how or when Pletcher was going to win more than a few more classics for three year old thoroughbreds , we would have to toss in variables such as studying... Owners and farms the trainer is beholden to, IE: supporting said owners/farms stallions by buying their off spring in order to train (regardless of stamina constraints), the need to show almost immediate results, in order to send said off spring back to the breeding shed... and then hit repeat and cycle back again in 3 years or so. All this to say is that professionally (pressure not withstanding), Todd Pletcher is sitting in a most enviable place!!! Best of luck Todd!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
That's an interesting essay in and of itself.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
And where are his three year olds of 2012?
Chris Butler More than 1 year ago
Do you think Javier Castellano will give up the mount on Cero to ride Violence????????
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Chris Butler More than 1 year ago
It was a joke you ...
Nicholas Heaven More than 1 year ago
Chris that's tge same question going through my head. Im a true Castellano fan and I hope Graham Motion dont start Cerro in Saturday's fountain of youth. I really dont want Javier to loose that mount. He ran almost a full second faster than Orb who is highly regarded by his connections. I hope Motion take the Animal Kingdom route so that Javier can keep this mount for a trainer who definitely know how to win classics. No disrespect to Todd.
Nicholas Heaven More than 1 year ago
Lets hope Graham Motion dont run Cero sat.
Nicholas Heaven More than 1 year ago
I hope he keeps cero. Hes a good looking colt.