02/24/2017 12:10PM

Three Rules has final Fountain of Youth workout

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Barbara D. Livingston
Three Rules (right) finished second to Favorable Outcome in the Swale Stakes, the first start of his 3-year-old season.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer Jose Pinchin called an audible Friday, moving Three Rules’s final Fountain of Youth work up a day. The runner-up in the Grade 2 Swale responded by going five furlongs in 59.06 seconds and galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.13 over a track that has been on the deep and tiring side of late.

Luis Saez was aboard for the work and will have the mount for the first time in the March 4 Fountain of Youth, replacing Cornelio Velasquez, who has ridden Three Rules in all seven of his starts.

“I thought it was a brilliant work,” Pinchin said. “And Luis loved it. He said he galloped out nice and strong, that he couldn’t have gone any better.”

Pinchin said he moved the work up to take advantage of the added moisture in the racetrack from heavy rainfall earlier in the week.

“The track was perfect this morning, had more moisture in it,” Pinchin said. “I don’t know how it will be tomorrow. I was afraid it could dry out and get cuppy again like it has been.”

◗ Gulfstream Park will play host to Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida Inc.’s Day at the Races on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Ten Palms.

Dedicated to providing therapeutic riding and equine activities to children and adults with special needs, Equine Assisted Therapies of South Florida Inc.’s Day at the Races will include a silent auction, a raffle for a winner’s-circle presentation, a “Helpin’ the Herd” contest, and a chance to meet riders from the program.

Peter and Anne Vegso and Jerry and Suzee Bailey will serve as co-hosts.