By Emily Shields
The lone Kentucky Derby prep February 29 was the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The race offered 50 Kentucky Derby points to the winner, Ete Indien
Ete Indien went to the lead from the start and simply opened up throughout, running the other eight horses off their feet to score by 4 ½ lengths. Florent Geroux was aboard the son of Summer Front out of the Mizzen Mast mare East India. Patrick Biancone trains the winner, who now leads the Kentucky Derby standings with 54 points.
Candy Tycoon finished second for trainer Todd Pletcher, a neck in front of As Seen On Tv third. That runner was just a head in front of Shotski and Country Grammer in fourth and fifth.
The race’s heavy favorite, Dennis’ Moment, ran his second consecutive disappointment. He was favored in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last fall at Santa Anita but broke badly and didn’t run a jump. He did not have a similar excuse this time but simply faded, leaving trainer Dale Romans scratching his head. Dennis’ Moment will received a full evaluation this week.
Mr. Monomoy is second on the Derby points standings after his win in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) two weeks back. The son of Palace Malice, who is a half-brother to champion Monomoy Girl, will run back in the Louisiana Derby.
Modernist is next with 50 points, then Enforceable with 33. Storm the Court, upset winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, is tied with the popular Tiz the Law for fifth; they have 22 points apiece.
The road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby continues on Wednesday with the Condition Stakes at Kempton Park, followed by a packed Saturday, March 7, with graded preps at Tampa Bay Downs, Aqueduct, and Santa Anita. Watch all the action with TVG.
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