Fountain of Youth 2024

Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 Gulfstream

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Post Horse Trainer/ Jockey
1 Speak Easy Todd Pletcher Irad Ortiz Jr.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC and Siena Farm LLC Sire: Constitution
2 Le Dom Bro Eniel Cordero Edwin Gonzalez
Trainer: Eniel Cordero Jockey: Edwin Gonzalez
Owner: Vicente Stella Stables LLC Sire: Mucho Macho Man
3 Victory Avenue Gustavo Delgado John Velazquez
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado Jockey: John Velazquez
Owner: OGMA Investments LLC JR Ranch Upland Sire: Arrogate
4 Real Macho Rohan Crichton Tyler Gaffalione
Trainer: Rohan Crichton Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Owner: Reeves Thoroughbred Racing Rohan, Crichton, Rohan, Walters, Daniel L. and Smith, Denni Sire: Mucho Macho Man
5 Dornoch Danny Gargan Luis Saez
Trainer: Danny Gargan Jockey: Luis Saez
Owner: West Paces Racing LLC, R. A. Hill Stable, Belmar Racing and Breeding, LLC, Two E Sire: Good Magic
6 Merit Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. Edgard Zayas
Trainer: Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. Jockey: Edgard Zayas
Owner: Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds LLC Sire: Mastery
7 Frankie's Empire Michael Yates Miguel Vasquez
Trainer: Michael Yates Jockey: Miguel Vasquez
Owner: Frank DeLuca Sire: Classic Empire
8 Locked Todd Pletcher Jose Ortiz
Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Walmac Farm Sire: Gun Runner
9 Dancing Groom Antonio Sano Jose Castellano
Trainer: Antonio Sano Jockey: Jose Castellano
Owner: Alexandres, LLC Sire: Vino Rosso

All Top Fountain of Youth Day News

Dornoch, Speak Easy top scratch-reduced Fountain of Youth Stakes

Mike Welsch Feb 29,2024
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The complexion of the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes changed dramatically at scratch time Saturday morning when likely favorite Locked and the promising maiden Victory Av

Kentucky Derby: Fountain of Youth a starting point for Dornoch

David Grening Feb 28,2024
Danny Gargan was fishing Monday morning, he and fellow horsemen John Kimmel and Scott Everett reeling in some good-sized sailfish in the waters off Jupiter, Fla. This spring, Gargan hopes to go big

Conquest Warrior heavy favorite after Speak Easy defects to Fountain of Youth

Mike Welsch Feb 28,2024
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Friday’s eagerly anticipated entry-level allowance event that was to match exciting maiden winners Speak Easy and  Conquest Warrior in race written as a potential pre

Orseno tempted by Fountain of Youth, opts for Florida Derby for Hades

Mike Welsch Feb 26,2024
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – After briefly being tempted with the prospect of wheeling his Holy Bull winner Hades back Saturday in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, trainer Joe Orseno made the decision he

Dornoch, Locked head field of nine in Fountain of Youth

Mike Welsch Feb 24,2024
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Dornoch, winner of the Grade 2 Remsen, and Locked, who finished a distant third as the tepid favorite in the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, will make their much-anticipated 3-

Real Macho, Victory Avenue get in drills for Fountain of Youth

Mike Welsch Feb 23,2024
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – A pair of potential candidates for next Saturday’s Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, Real Macho and Victory Avenue, got in their final major preps at Gulfstream Park on Friday mo

Real Macho gets another two-turn try in Fountain of Youth

Mike Welsch Feb 21,2024
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Real Macho figures to be one of the longer prices on the board going postward a week from Saturday in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth. But that does not concern trainer Rohan

Victory Avenue to make next start in Fountain of Youth

David Grening Feb 21,2024
Victory Avenue, second as the favorite in his career debut, will make his next start in the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on March 2, Ramiro Restrepo, who represents part of t

Orseno toying with idea of running Hades in Fountain of Youth

Mike Welsch Feb 19,2024
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – After watching Hades work a solid half-mile and gallop out a strong six furlongs here Saturday, trainer Joe Orseno did not rule out the possibility that the upset winner of

Locked back on the beam with work for possible start in Fountain of Youth

Mike Welsch Feb 16,2024
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Locked, among the more highly regarded 3-year-olds on this year’s Kentucky Derby trail, moved a step closer to finally launching his 2024 campaign after working four furlo

Locked, Born Noble set for works ahead of Fountain of Youth

Mike Welsch Feb 15,2024
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer Todd Pletcher said he plans to send out two of his potential candidates for the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth on March 2 at Gulfstream Park – Locked and Born Noble –
About the Fountain of Youth

One of the premier Kentucky Derby preps each year is the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds has produced the likes of Kentucky Derby winners Orb, Thunder Gulch, Spectacular Bid, and Tim Tam, as well as top overall runners Forty Niner and Union Rags. The race has also produced many top stallions, such as Scat Daddy, sire of Triple Crown winner Justify, and Quality Road, who has sired some of the best runners of the last decade. Proud Truth won the race in 1985 and took the Breeders’ Cup Classic later that year. Code of Honor, who won the race in 2019, went on to career earnings of over $2.9 million.

Inaugurated in 1945, the Fountain of Youth continues to draw competitive fields each year as one of Florida's stepping-stones to the Kentucky Derby.  The race is the middle leg of a series that starts with the Holy Bull Stakes and concludes with the Florida Derby, worth $1 million.  

This year's Fountain of Youth undercard includes eight additional stakes races, topped by a prep for the Kentucky Oaks, the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes, along with the $200,000 Gulfstream Park Mile. Fountain of Youth Day is one of the best betting cards of the Gulfstream winter meet.

Recent Fountain of Youth Winners

Year Horse/Trainer Horse Trainer Beyer
Danny Gargan
Dornoch Danny Gargan 88
Todd Pletcher
Forte Todd Pletcher 98
Antonio Sano
Simplification Antonio Sano 96
Shug McGaughey
Greatest Honour Shug McGaughey 89
Patrick Biancone
Ete Indien Patrick Biancone 97
Shug McGaughey
Code of Honor Shug McGaughey 95
Dale Romans
Promises Fulfilled Dale Romans 96
Antonio Sano
Gunnevara Antonio Sano 97
Kiaran McLaughlin
Mohaymen Kiaran McLaughlin 95
Todd Pletcher
Itsaknockout Todd Pletcher 93
Jose Garoffalo
Wildcat Red Jose Garoffalo 101
Shug McGaughey
Orb Shug McGaughey 97
About the Fountain of Youth