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A Peculiar Fountain of Youth

The big question from this past weekend is what to make of the Fountain of Youth results — do they really tell us anything at this point? Nick Zito’s Cool Coal Man won, but the timing of the race had to be adjusted after an outrider apparently tripped the teletimer, leading to what seemed like bizarrely slow fractions throughout. It now seems that just the final furling was very slow, but if that’s the case, what does it mean for Court Vision’s decent third-place finish and Anak Nakal’s doing nothing? At this point, probably just as little as the paid workout that War Pass had in the following ‘race.’ We’ll have to wait for the next installment.

Far from Florida, another Triple-Crown nominated three year old made a little news — Japan-based Casino Drive, a half-brother to Rags to Riches and Jazil by Mineshaft (Cool Coal Man is also from his first crop) won a maiden race by nearly 12 lengths. I doubt we’d see him headed to Kentucky off a maiden win, but stranger things have happened.

I was pleased to see Einstein (left) bring home another win – he seems to have really hit his stride at 5 and 6. I’m glad that his sire, Spend A Buck, was appreciated in Brazil — he seemed entirely overlooked in the US, despite his Derby-winning Horse of the Year credentials. Here’s hoping another Spend A Buck son, Pico Central, is equally appreciated in Korea after only a year at stud in the US. Just one more small aside about undervalued stallions — were you aware that you can breed to Cryptoclearance for $6500? If I were breeding to race and had the right mare, I’d be snapping up that bargain.

Finally, Curlin is set to make his Nad Al Sheba debut on Thursday in a prep for the Dubai World Cup; there are some details on his likely competitors (small though the field will be) here. Check back for more on that race later this week…

4 comments to A Peculiar Fountain of Youth

  • Valerie

    What I find fascinating about Casino Drive’s maiden score was not just the margin of victory, but the race distance…nearly 1-1/8 mile (9 furlongs)! That seems like a lot to ask of a maiden unless you have great confidence in him…and to win against 12 other horses! Sweet…He certainly has the bloodline for the classic distances…wow, what a shocker that would be if they did ship him over here for the Derby, or at least the Belmont! Since he is by Mineshaft, son of AP Indy, wouldn’t he technically be a three-quarter brother to Rags to Riches? Just checking, ‘cause that relationship point throws me.

  • Superfecta

    I think you’re right and that he would technically be her 3/4 brother – they are certainly very closely related. I’d love to see what he looks like, though!

  • Valerie

    I must be freakin’ psychic! Did you see this item today?: http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=43819

    Three straight Belmont Stakes won by the offspring of the same dam? That is too cool!

  • Superfecta

    Isn’t that crazy? I’d be pretty interested to see it happen.

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