04/19/2011 2:42PM

Kentucky Derby prospect Soldat scheduled to breeze Thursday at Palm Meadows


All three Kentucky Derby prospects currently training at Palm Meadows – Dialed In, Soldat, and Pants On Fire – were on the track simultaneously galloping early Tuesday morning.

Fountain of Youth winner Soldat will be the first of the trio to breeze. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin currently has a half-mile work penciled in for Thursday morning. Pants On Fire will work Saturday prior to shipping out for Kentucky while Nick Zito said Dialed In will have his final Derby work late next week.

Dialed In and Soldat will travel on the same flight to Kentucky on Saturday, April 30.

Bravo uncertain where he will ride this summer

Joe Bravo said he had good vibes heading into Saturday’s evening’s $1 million Charles Town Classic.

“The whole day, the whole trip to West Virginia couldn’t have gone better,” said Bravo. “I was going to fly in late but because of the storms I went early and everything went so smoothly. The flight, the limo ride from the airport to the track. Everything. And I had a lot of confidence in my horse. The last time I rode him he got beat less than a length by Tackleberry and didn’t have the greatest of trips. So there was good Karma all around.”

Bravo’s good vibes and good Karma ultimately turned into a good payday for the veteran rider and his mount, Duke of Mischief, who put in a steady run outside horses midway through the 1 1/8-mile Charles Town Classic en route to his convincing victory over Game On Dude.

“There was a good honest pace and when he started to run he just dragged me by horses,” said Bravo. “I had my feet in the dashboard. I have to give David Fawkes and his wife Celia a lot of credit, they really had this horse ready to run.”

Bravo has had limited experience racing on a five-eighths mile track like Charles Town but said it’s really not that much different than riding at the milers.

“You just have to let your horse run its race,” said Bravo. “They’re smart enough to know where the turns are. You just have to leave them alone and they’ll find their own path.”

Bravo said he’s happy with the way things have gone from a business standpoint during the Gulfstream meeting, having won 43 races, which puts him in a tie for fifth place in the standings entering the final week of the session, which ends on Sunday. Bravo won four graded stakes here this season, three with Little Mike and the fourth aboard longshot Justaroundmidnight in the Grade 3 Marshua’s River.

Bravo said he still remains up in the air where he will ride this summer with the situation still in limbo at Monmouth Park.

“If things don’t look like they’re going to work out at Monmouth then I’ll probably wind up in New York, said Bravo. “It really makes things tough on everybody not knowing at this point what’s going to happen in New Jersey. I especially feel for the horsemen because so many of them have their roots in there at Monmouth.”

Solis headed to Belmont

Jockey Alex Solis put an exclamation mark on what has been an outstanding meeting by riding four winners on Sunday’s program, including Tar Heel Mom for trainer Stanley Hough in the $75,000 Harmony Lodge Handicap.

Solis, riding regularly at Gulfstream for the first time, enters the final week of the meet with 41 victories, putting him seventh in the standings and just three winners behind the Jose Lezcano,who has already left Florida.

According to his agent, Mike Kelly, Solis will ride out the remainder of the meeting before heading to New York for the opening of the Belmont Park spring meet next week.

◗ Sunday’s closing-day program will feature the Sunshine Bonanza, a series of six races worth $400,000 for Florida-breds or horses sired by Florida- based stallions. The two biggest names among the nomination lists for the six races are Sweet Repent and Trip for A.J., both of whom were made eligible for $75,000 Capital Request, which is carded at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.

◗ It came as little surprise when owner-trainer Wesley Ward sent out the winner of the first 2-year-old race of the meet, Firefall, in Sunday’s second event. Firefall is a Florida bred son of Bring the Heat. Ward also has two horses entered in Thursday’s opener, Fan Out and Zingwell, the first 2-year-old filly race of the season.