Fountain of Youth Stakes

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Fountain of Youth Stakes
Grade II race
Location Gulfstream Park
Hallandale Beach, Florida
Inaugurated 1945
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.gulfstreampark.com
Race information
Distance 1-1/16 Miles (8 1/2 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $400,000
Bonuses Usually run in late February

The Fountain of Youth Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida in late February. A Grade II event open to three-year-olds willing to race one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt, it offers a purse of $400,000. It is the final stakes prep to the Florida Derby and is an official prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

The race was named for the mythical Florida spring that granted eternal youth, it was sought by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon who searched throughout the south eastern United States for it but never found the fountain.

Four colts, Tim Tam (1958), Kauai King (1966), Spectacular Bid (1979), and Thunder Gulch (1995) won this race then went on to become "Dual Classic Winners," the first three won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes the last won the Derby and the Belmont Stakes. The 1985 winner, Proud Truth, won that year's Breeders' Cup Classic.

The Fountain of Youth Stakes was inaugurated in 1945 and run at various distances until 1953 when it was modified to 1 1/16 miles. In 2005, it was changed to a distance of 1⅛ miles. In 2009, it was run at one mile. In 2012, Gulfstream added a second finish line so the Fountain of Youth and other dirt races could be contested at 1 1/16 miles.

The race was run twice in 1947 (at the beginning of the year for 3-year-olds and at the end of the year for 2-year-olds). The race was run in two divisions in 1953, 1983, 1986 and 1993.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Fountain of Youth Stakes since 1973[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time
Purse
Gr
2014 Wildcat Red 3 Luis Saez Jose Garoffalo Honors Stable 1-1/16 1:41.85 $400,000 II
2013 Orb 3 John Velazquez Claude R. McGaughey III Janney/Phipps Stable 1-1/16 1:42.24 $400,000 II
2012 Union Rags 3 Julien Leparoux Michael Matz Chadds Ford Stable 1-1/16 1:42.68 $400,000 II
2011 Soldat 3 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin Clarke/Robertson/Braverman 1-1/8 1:50.23 $400,000 II
2010 Eskendereya 3 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Zayat Stables 1-1/8 1:48.87 $250,000 II
2009 Quality Road 3 John Velazquez James A. Jerkens Edward P. Evans 1 mile 1:35.01 $350,000 II
2008 Cool Coal Man 3 Kent Desormeaux Nick Zito Robert V. LaPenta 1-1/8 1:50.07 $350,000 II
2007 Scat Daddy 3 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Scatuorchio & Tabor 1-1/8 1:49.11 $350,000 II
2006 First Samurai * 3 Edgar Prado Frank L. Brothers Bruce Lunsford/Robbins 1-1/8 1:49.00 $300,000 II
2005 High Fly 3 Jerry D. Bailey Nick Zito Live Oak Plantation 1-1/8 1:49.70 $300,000 II
2004 Read the Footnotes 3 Jerry D. Bailey Richard Violette Klaravich Stables 1-1/16 1:42.71 $250,000 II
2003 Trust n Luck 3 Cornelio Velasquez Ralph Ziadie Paul Robsham 1-1/16 1:43.33 $200,000 I
2002 Booklet 3 Jorge Chavez John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley 1-1/16 1:44.49 $200,000 I
2001 Songandaprayer 3 Edgar Prado John F. Dowd Bobby Hurley 1-1/16 1:43.48 $200,000 I
2000 High Yield 3 Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas M. Tabor & R & B Lewis 1-1/16 1:42.56 $200,000 I
1999 Vicar 3 Shane Sellers Carl Nafzger James B. Tafel 1-1/16 1:45.64 $200,000 I
1998 Lil's Lad 3 Jerry D. Bailey Neil J. Howard Durst/Farish/Centennial 1-1/16 1:42.63 $200,000 II
1997 Pulpit 3 Shane Sellers Frank L. Brothers Claiborne Farm 1-1/16 1:41.86 $200,000 II
1996 Built For Pleasure 3 Gary Boulanger Tommy Heard, Jr. Tommy Heard, Jr. 1-1/16 1:43.64 $200,000 II
1995 Thunder Gulch 3 Mike E. Smith D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 1-1/16 1:43.21 $200,000 II
1994 Dehere 3 Craig Perret Reynaldo Nobles Due Process Stable 1-1/16 1:44.70 $200,000 II
1993 # Duc d'Sligovil 3 Julie Krone Jeremy McNeill Ray McNeill 1-1/16 1:45.16 $187,500 II
1993 # Storm Tower 3 Rick Wilson Ben Perkins, Jr. Charles Hesse 1-1/16 1:44.98 $187,500 II
1992 Dance Floor 3 Chris Antley D. Wayne Lukas Oaktown Stable 1-1/16 1:45.32 $250,000 II
1991 Fly So Free 3 Jose A. Santos Scotty Schulhofer T. & E. Valando 1-1/16 1:44.30 $122,500 II
1990 Shot Gun Scott 3 Dave Penna Ronald J. Sarazin Jean Friedberg/Scott Hamilton 1-1/16 1:44.60 $130,000 II
1989 Dixieland Brass 3 Randy Romero Charles Peoples Bayard Sharp/W. Farish 1-1/16 1:44.60 $130,000 II
1988 Forty Niner 3 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 1-1/16 1:43.20 $165,000 II
1987 Bet Twice 3 Craig Perret Warren Croll Blanche P. Levy/Cisley Stable 1-1/16 1:43.40 $167,500 II
1986 # Ensighn Rhythm 3 Julio Pezua Leo Azpurua, Jr. Lushland Farm 1-1/16 1:45.60 $130,000 II
1986 # MyPrince Charming 3 Jose A. Santos Newcome Green Don Aronow 1-1/16 1:45.00 $130,000 II
1985 Proud Truth 3 Jorge Velasquez John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 1-1/16 1:43.60 $175,000 II
1984 Darn That Alarm 3 Mike Venezia George Gianos Robert N. Caporella 1-1/16 1:43.00 $95,000 II
1983 # Highland Park 3 Don Brumfield Anthony Basile Bwamazon Farm 1-1/16 1:44.60 $75,500 II
1983 # Copelan 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Mitch Griffin Fred W. Hooper 1-1/16 1:43.60 $75,500 II
1982 Star Gallant 3 Sandy Hawley Leonard Imperlo Buckram Oak Farm 1-1/16 1:43.20 $91,000 II
1981 Akureyri 3 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Hickory Tree Stable 1-1/16 1:44.40 $80,000 III
1980 Naked Sky 3 Jerry D. Bailey Neal Winick Maribel G. Blum 1-1/16 1:43.80 $50,000 III
1979 Spectacular Bid 3 Ron Franklin Bud Delp Hawksworth Farm 1-1/16 1:41.20 $60,000 III
1978 Sensitive Prince 3 Mickey Solomone H. Allen Jerkens Top the Marc Stable 1-1/16 1:41 $37,500 III
1977 Ruthies Native 3 Craig Perret Eugene Jacobs Ruth A. Perlmutter 1-1/16 1:42.00 $45,000 III
1976 Sonkisser 3 Braulio Baeza Stephen DiMauro Harold Snyder 1-1/16 1:43.80 $37,500 III
1975 Greek Answer 3 Mickey Solomone Frank H. Merrill W. Preston Gilbride 1-1/16 1:42.80 $37,500 III
1974 Green Gambados 3 Chuck Baltazar John W. Jacobs Harbor View Farm 1-1/16 1:42.40 $77,400 III
1973 Shecky Greene 3 Braulio Baeza Lou M. Goldfine Joseph Kellman 1-1/16 1:43.80 $37,650 III

A # designates that the race was run in two divisions in 1993, 1986 and 1983.

* In 2006, Corinthian won but was disqualified for interference and placed third.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1972 - Gentle Smoke
  • 1971 - Authorize
  • 1970 - Corn Off The Cob
  • 1969 - Al Hattab
  • 1968 - Wise Exchange
  • 1967 - In Reality
  • 1966 - Kauai King
  • 1965 - Maribeau
  • 1964 - Dandy K
  • 1963 - Cool Prince
  • 1962 - Sharp Count
  • 1961 - Beau Prince
  • 1960 - Eagle Admiral
  • 1959 - Easy Spur
  • 1958 - Tim Tam
  • 1957 - Gen Duke
  • 1956 - Oh Johnny
  • 1955 - Nance's Lad
  • 1954 - Sea O Erin
  • 1953 - Ram O War
  • 1953 - Tribe
  • 1952 - No race
  • 1951 - Alerted
  • 1950 - Black George
  • 1949 - Count-A-Bit
  • 1948 - No race
  • 1947 - Atomic Power
  • 1947 - Tight Squeeze
  • 1946 - No race
  • 1945 - Twenty Thirty


Special Bonus[edit]

Paths to $5,500,000 Preakness Bonus:
1) win Holy Bull Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
2) win Fountain of Youth Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
3) win Robert B. Lewis Stakes + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
4) win San Felipe Stakes + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
5) win El Camino Real Derby + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes

Paths to $550,000 XpressBet Bonus:
1) run in Holy Bull Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
2) run in Fountain of Youth Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
3) run in Robert B. Lewis Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
4) run in San Felipe Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
5) run in El Camino Real Derby + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes

  • Note: In 2011 Shackleford won for the $550,000 Xpressbet Bonus.

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