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
Distance1 116 Miles (8 1/2 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track 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 currently 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 ​1 116 miles. In 2005, it was changed to a distance of ​1 18 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 ​1 116 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 1972[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Distance Time Purse Gr
2017 Gunnevera 3 Javier Castellano Antonio Sano Peacock Racing Stables 1 116 miles 1:44.25 $400,000 II
2016 Mohaymen 3 Junior Alvarado Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Stable 1 116 miles 1:42.84 $400,000 II
2015 Itsaknockout DQ 3 Luis Saez Todd A. Pletcher Starlight Racing 1 116 miles 1:46.28 $400,000 II
2014 Wildcat Red 3 Luis Saez Jose Garoffalo Honors Stable 1 116 miles 1:41.85 $400,000 II
2013 Orb 3 John Velazquez Shug McGaughey Janney/Phipps Stable 1 116 miles 1:42.24 $400,000 II
2012 Union Rags 3 Julien Leparoux Michael Matz Chadds Ford Stable 1 116 miles 1:42.68 $400,000 II
2011 Soldat 3 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin Clarke/Robertson 1 18 miles 1:50.23 $400,000 II
2010 Eskendereya 3 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Zayat Stables 1 18 miles 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 18 miles 1:50.07 $350,000 II
2007 Scat Daddy 3 John Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Scatuorchio & Tabor 1 18 miles 1:49.11 $350,000 II
2006 First Samurai DQ 3 Edgar Prado Frank L. Brothers Bruce Lunsford/Robbins 1 18 miles 1:49.00 $300,000 II
2005 High Fly 3 Jerry D. Bailey Nick Zito Live Oak Racing 1 18 miles 1:49.70 $300,000 II
2004 Read the Footnotes 3 Jerry D. Bailey Richard Violette Klaravich Stables 1 116 miles 1:42.71 $250,000 II
2003 Trust n Luck 3 Cornelio Velasquez Ralph Ziadie E. Paul Robsham 1 116 miles 1:43.33 $200,000 I
2002 Booklet 3 Jorge Chavez John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley 1 116 miles 1:44.49 $200,000 I
2001 Songandaprayer 3 Edgar Prado John F. Dowd Bobby Hurley 1 116 miles 1:43.48 $200,000 I
2000 High Yield 3 Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas M. Tabor & R & B Lewis 1 116 miles 1:42.56 $200,000 I
1999 Vicar 3 Shane Sellers Carl Nafzger James B. Tafel 1 116 miles 1:45.64 $200,000 I
1998 Lil's Lad 3 Jerry D. Bailey Neil J. Howard Durst/Farish/Centennial 1 116 miles 1:42.63 $200,000 II
1997 Pulpit 3 Shane Sellers Frank L. Brothers Claiborne Farm 1 116 miles 1:41.86 $200,000 II
1996 Built For Pleasure 3 Gary Boulanger Tommy Heard, Jr. Tommy Heard, Jr. 1 116 miles 1:43.64 $200,000 II
1995 Thunder Gulch 3 Mike E. Smith D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 1 116 miles 1:43.21 $200,000 II
1994 Dehere 3 Craig Perret Reynaldo Nobles Due Process Stable 1 116 miles 1:44.70 $200,000 II
1993 # Duc d'Sligovil 3 Julie Krone Jeremy McNeill Ray McNeill 1 116 miles 1:45.16 $187,500 II
1993 # Storm Tower 3 Rick Wilson Ben Perkins, Jr. Charles Hesse 1 116 miles 1:44.98 $187,500 II
1992 Dance Floor 3 Chris Antley D. Wayne Lukas Oaktown Stable 1 116 miles 1:45.32 $250,000 II
1991 Fly So Free 3 Jose A. Santos Scotty Schulhofer T. & E. Valando 1 116 miles 1:44.30 $122,500 II
1990 Shot Gun Scott 3 Dave Penna Ronald J. Sarazin Jean Friedberg/Sco.Hamilton 1 116 miles 1:44.60 $130,000 II
1989 Dixieland Brass 3 Randy Romero Charles Peoples Bayard Sharp/Will Farish 1 116 miles 1:44.60 $130,000 II
1988 Forty Niner 3 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 1 116 miles 1:43.20 $165,000 II
1987 Bet Twice 3 Craig Perret Warren Croll Blanche Levy/Cisley Stable 1 116 miles 1:43.40 $167,500 II
1986 # Ensighn Rhythm 3 Julio Pezua Leo Azpurua, Jr. Lushland Farm 1 116 miles 1:45.60 $130,000 II
1986 # MyPrince Charming 3 Jose A. Santos Newcome Green Don Aronow 1 116 miles 1:45.00 $130,000 II
1985 Proud Truth 3 Jorge Velasquez John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 1 116 miles 1:43.60 $175,000 II
1984 Darn That Alarm 3 Mike Venezia George Gianos Robert N. Caporella 1 116 miles 1:43.00 $95,000 II
1983 # Highland Park 3 Don Brumfield Anthony L. Basile Bwamazon Farm 1 116 miles 1:44.60 $75,500 II
1983 # Copelan 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Mitch Griffin Fred W. Hooper 1 116 miles 1:43.60 $75,500 II
1982 Star Gallant 3 Sandy Hawley Leonard Imperio Buckram Oak Farm 1 116 miles 1:43.20 $91,000 II
1981 Akureyri 3 Eddie Maple Woody Stephens Hickory Tree Stable 1 116 miles 1:44.40 $80,000 III
1980 Naked Sky 3 Jerry D. Bailey Neal Winick Maribel G. Blum 1 116 miles 1:43.80 $50,000 III
1979 Spectacular Bid 3 Ron Franklin Bud Delp Hawksworth Farm 1 116 miles 1:41.20 $60,000 III
1978 Sensitive Prince 3 Mickey Solomone H. Allen Jerkens Top the Marc Stable 1 116 miles 1:41.00 $37,500 III
1977 Ruthies Native 3 Craig Perret Eugene Jacobs Ruth A. Perlmutter 1 116 miles 1:42.00 $45,000 III
1976 Sonkisser 3 Braulio Baeza Stephen DiMauro Harold Snyder 1 116 miles 1:43.80 $37,500 III
1975 Greek Answer 3 Mickey Solomone Frank H. Merrill W. Preston Gilbride 1 116 miles 1:42.80 $37,500 III
1974 Green Gambados 3 Chuck Baltazar John W. Jacobs Harbor View Farm 1 116 miles 1:42.40 $77,400 III
1973 Shecky Greene 3 Braulio Baeza Lou M. Goldfine Joseph Kellman 1 116 miles 1:43.80 $37,650 III
1972 Gentle Smoke 3 David Sazer Forus Stable 1 116 miles 0:00.00 $35,000
A # designates that the race was run in two divisions in 1993, 1986 and 1983.
* DQ The horse won the race when the apparent winner was disqualified.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 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 (Owner: William H. Veeneman)
  • 1949 - Count-A-Bit
  • 1948 - No race
  • 1947 - Atomic Power
  • 1947 - Tight Squeeze (Owner: Rarco Stables)
  • 1946 - No race
  • 1945 - Twenty Thirty

Special Bonus[edit]

Paths to win the $5,500,000 Preakness Bonus: win Fountain of Youth Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes

Paths to $550,000 XpressBet Consolation Bonus: 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

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