Finding a Fountain of Youth win won’t be easy for Irish War Cry

The Grade II, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes is the feature on a fantastic Saturday card at Gulfstream. A Kentucky Derby prep worth 50 points to the winner down to five points for fourth, the 1 1/16th-mile test drew 11 runners. Post time for the Fountain of Youth, the 13th and final on the day at Gulfstream, is 6:05 p.m. EST. Be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game in addition to watching and wagering!

#8 IRISH WAR CRY is the 5-2 morning-line favorite on the strength of his Holy Bull win here last month. Only two also-rans from the Holy Bull will face him again today, #2 GUNNEVERA (7-2) and #4 TALK LOGISTICS (20-1), but that doesn’t mean IRISH WAR CRY has scared off the competition. He certainly hasn’t scared off the speed.

#10 TAKAFUL (12-1) will likely take it to IRISH WAR CRY early. He has to go from that outside post since the gate is so close to the first turn. IRISH WAR CRY and Joel Rosario made an easy lead in the Holy Bull; that will probably not be the case today with #7 THREE RULES (12-1) and #11 LOOKIN FOR EIGHT (20-1) there too.

#5 BEASLEY (6-1) looks best-suited to take advantage of this pace scenario. His hand was forced early last time out as he drew the rail, but he should be able to relax from this post today. BEASLEY showed he could overcome adversity in his debut win when placed four-wide around the turn, then chased a loose-on-the-lead winner in his following start. His speed figures are progressing steadily, the works are sharp and he lures Irad Ortiz Jr.; watch out.

#2 GUNNEVERA and #6 PRACTICAL JOKE (3-1) will be rolling late in this one. GUNNEVERA and Javier Castellano teamed up for place honors in the Holy Bull last time out after winning the Delta Jackpot two starts back. He seems to be a step slower than the best in here but merits inclusion underneath.

PRACTICAL JOKE makes his first start of 2017 after a solid juvenile season for Chad Brown. He won the Hopeful and the Champagne (albeit with an ideal set-up) in successive starts before checking in third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He’s working well for his return, but not sure the distance suits him. Jose Ortiz gets the leg-up.

The play: $2 trifecta 5/2,6,8/2,6,8 ($12)

DFJ analysis: With an already highly-competitive jockey colony at Gulfstream, the influx of top riders this Saturday makes rounding out the stable even tougher.

Joel Rosario, who rides IRISH WAR CRY in the Fountain of Youth, has six other quality mounts on the card, including Ticonderoga (7-2) in the Palm Beach and Projected (3-1) in the Canadian Turf. His relatively-low salary makes him an enticing option.

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