Florida Derby contenders have Saturday works
Hallandale Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Cairo Prince and Wildcat Red, two of the top contenders for the Florida Derby on March 29, each had workouts Saturday morning.
Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Cairo Prince worked five furlongs at Palm Meadows Training Center in 1:00 4/5.
"He worked very well," McLaughlin said about the Holy Bull winner. "We didn't want another 59 and change (breeze) from him. We put him in different company this time and he went a minute and four fifths. He kind of eased up the last part, the rider did, but we're very happy with him. That's what we wanted. We wanted 1:01, so that's perfect."
Now owned by Godolphin Stable, Cairo Prince won the Holy Bull by 5 3/4 lengths in his first start of the year. The colt has won three of four starts for $512,000.
Working at Gulfstream Park was Fountain of Youth Stakes winner Wildcat Red. Trained by Jose Garoffalo, the colt went four furlongs in 47.98 seconds.
"The horse went very good. I think the track was a little bit fast, but he did it as easy as he usually does," Garoffalo said. "I was expecting maybe 48 or so, but it was good. He is getting fitter and now with every race is getting better. The plan is on. We're going to breeze him one more time next week and then we'll be ready, hopefully."
Wildcat Red, owned by Honors Stable Corp., has won four of six career starts, including the Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream on Feb. 1. The colt has earned $490,850.
Trainer Mike Maker had Fountain of Youth runner-up General a Rod workout Saturday. The chestnut colt, co-owned by Maker, covered five furlongs in 59 1/2 seconds at Gulfstream.
"He worked great," Maker said. "He gave us exactly what we were looking for. He's an easy horse. He can train himself. If you want to go fast, that's fine; if you want to go slow, that's fine, too. We picked it up a little today, and it was no problem at all."
General a Rod lost the Fountain of Youth to Wildcat Red by a head in his second start of the year. On New Year's Day he won the Gulfstream Park Derby by a head over his rival. The colt has earned $182,200 with two wins and two seconds in four starts.
03/15 13:28:37 ET