Updated on 09/17/2011 9:56AM

Local heroes in Fountain

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Trust N Luck, under Cornelio Velasquez, takes the Fountain of Youth by 5 1/4 lengths. Winning trainer Ralph Ziadie said the Florida Derby is next.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Horses from all over the Eastern seaboard converge on South Florida to prepare for the spring classics, but in order to come up with the winning exacta in Saturday's at Gulfstream Park, you merely had to look eight miles. Trust N Luck ran away with the first Grade 1 race of the year for 3-year-old males, and when fellow Calder resident Supah Blitz ran second, the locals had tattooed the invaders with a one-two punch.

Trust N Luck ($11.80) used his dazzling speed to run his rivals off their feet. He dashed straight to the front and led through fractions of 23.61 seconds, 46.68, and 1:10.99 for the first six furlongs. He kicked clear anew at the top of the stretch, passed the mile mark in 1:36.49, and completed 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:43.33, winning by 5 1/4 lengths.

Supah Blitz held on bravely to finish second, 2 1/4 lengths in front of Midway Cat, who beat Offlee Wild by a head for third.

Whywhywhy was fifth, and was followed, in order, by 5-2 favorite Ten Cents a Shine, Conservation, and Ozzie Cat.

Cornelio Velasquez, who has been aboard Trust N Luck for his last five starts, rationed the colt's speed perfectly. Midway Cat was a surprising second as the field advanced down the backstretch, but Trust N Luck always seemed as though he was toying with Midway Cat.

As the field moved around the far turn, Whywhywhy advanced three paths wide, and Offlee Wild loomed four paths wide. Supah Blitz, meanwhile, hugged the rail, following the path first trod by Trust N Luck.

Trust N Luck darted clear at the top of the stretch and pulled clear despite trying to lug in midway through the lane.

Trust N Luck, who was purchased as a 2-year-old for $200,000 by trainer Ralph Ziadie for owner Einar Robsham, has now won five times in nine starts. Saturday's race, however, was his first start outside of Calder, where on Dec. 14 Trust N Luck won the What a Pleasure Stakes by 11 lengths, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 110.

Ziadie said Trust N Luck would make his next start in the Florida Derby on March 15, and that that would be his second and final prep for the May 3 Kentucky Derby.

"I think if all goes well we'll go into the Kentucky Derby after the Florida Derby," Ziadie said. "I have just an old saying that I don't want to dance every dance. I want a fresh horse going into the Kentucky Derby.

"When I started training in this country," said Ziadie, a native of Jamaica, "one of my goals was to go to the Kentucky Derby. But I said I would never go unless I had a horse who had a chance."