Updated on 09/17/2011 10:18AM

Trust N Luck breezes, Lexington next


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trust N Luck took it slow and easy Monday morning in his final work before heading to Kentucky for Saturday's Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

"I had him going five furlongs in 1:04," trainer Ralph Ziadie said. The official workout tab credited Trust N Luck with a mile in 1:44.60. "He went much faster than he was supposed to last week so I just wanted him to take it nice and easy today."

Ziadie said he probably will stick to his original plan of running Trust N Luck in the Lexington and then the Preakness May 17. But he did not completely rule out running his horse in the Kentucky Derby.

"There's still a remote possibility we could go to the Derby if he were to run an enormous race on Saturday," Ziadie said, "although my goal is really the Preakness."

Ziadie was also happy to hear that trainer Bobby Frankel had withdrawn Midas Eyes from consideration for the Lexington to await the Derby Trial the following weekend.

Trust N Luck finished second behind the Frankel-trained Empire Maker in the $1 million Florida Derby in his last start. Earlier this winter, Trust N Luck won the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth Stakes.

Mandy's Gold getting ready at Delaware

Trainer Mike Gorham is still in south Florida, but his stable star Mandy's Gold is already stabled at Delaware Park preparing for her next start. Mandy's Gold finished third to Azeri in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap April 7.

Gorham has won eight races during the meet and plans to stay in town to run several more horses here before joining Mandy's Gold at Delaware following the conclusion of the meet April 24.

Options for Mandy's Gold's next start include the Grade 3 Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff May 16 and the the Grade 2 Shuvee at Belmont the following day.

"I'll probably try to stay away from Azeri for the time being," Gorham said. "I thought if there ever was a time to try her it was in the Apple Blossom when she was making her first start off the layoff."

Mandy's Gold pressed the pace set by Take Charge Lady in the Apple Blossom and tired to finish third, 3 1/2 lengths behind Azeri.

"All in all I thought my horse ran extremely well at Oaklawn," Gorham said, "especially when you consider those are probably the two best fillies and mares in the country she was up against."

Homeister could return Wednesday

Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. took off all her mounts Sunday as a result of a spill she took behind the starting gate before the third race here Saturday. Homeister was tossed heavily to the ground after Sea Tech, a 2-year-old preparing for his career debut, reared up while being loaded into the gate.

Homeister rode out the card Saturday but stiffened up overnight and was too sore to ride Sunday. She plans to return Wednesday.

Homeister, who has won 20 races this meet, walked away unscathed from a frightening fall just three days earlier when aboard Sun Fighter, who broke down while on the lead in Wednesday's eighth race.

Castro to make U.S. debut

Eddie Castro, the leading apprentice rider in Panama, will make his United States debut here Wednesday.

Castro, a seven-pound apprentice who has won 32 races, is a graduate of Panama's jockey school. His agent will be former rider Mike Gonzalez.

Purloin heads feature

Purloin, a rallying fourth making her local debut March 8, may be a slight favorite to defeat seven other fillies and mares in Monday's featured eighth race, a $34,000 first-level allowance race.

Honeymooner, second under similar conditions in her last two starts, should be the one to catch in the seven-furlong race.