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Horse betting makes the next stop on the Derby Road at the Fountain of Youth Stakes


Here’s a look at the horse racing betting front runners and live long shots:

Horse betting makes the next stop on the Derby Road at the Fountain of Youth Stakes | News Article by

The Road to the Kentucky Derby passes a major pit stop this weekend when the Fountain of Youth Stakes comes to Gulfstream Park in Florida Saturday.

Some of the top three-year-old bid for points in hopes of earning a post in the Kentucky Derby on May 5. The current field for the Fountain of Youth Stakes has eight horses on the board. Here’s a look at the horse racing betting front runners and live long shots:

Good Magic
Good Magic is currently the second- overall favorite to win the 2018 Kentucky Derby, priced at +600 behind Bolt D'oro. The Chad C. Brown-trained horse burst onto the scene with a victory in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile in November but hasn’t raced since that huge win. That’s not to say he’ll be rusty for this big Derby points race. He’s been sharply trained and fine tuned for just this event, practicing at Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility, Palm Meadows. Good Magic showed he could excel at 1 1/16 miles with his win in the Juvenile and will be a big favorite on the morning odds Saturday.

Strike Power
There is plenty of promise in this three-year-old after wins in his first two races: breaking his maiden at Gulfstream Park in grand fashion – winning by nine lengths in December - and adding another victory there in the Swale-G3 earlier in February. The Mark A. Hennig-trained horse will feel right at home in Florida this weekend. Strike Power is currently priced at +2,500 in the early Kentucky Derby futures odds.

You’ve got to give respect to a Todd Pletcher horse during the Derby Road, and Macaroni gets the call in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. This horse recently finished third in the Withers-G3 at Aqueduct in early February and broke his maiden there the race prior in December. Macaroni may be out of his depth at Gulfstream and will need to stay on the pace at a challenging distance.

Storm Runner 
Storm Runner is coming off a big win at Gulfstream Park in early February and bumped him up to +2,000 on the early Kentucky Derby futures. That victory came on the heels of an eighth-place finish in January, which was bookended by a win at Churchill Downs in November. He’s run twice at the 1 1/16-mile distance – both coming in Florida – and is one of three Dale L. Romans’ horses in this field, along with Promises Fulfilled and Free Drop Billy. 

Free Drop Billy
Free Drop Billy was near the top of the 2018 Derby futures in the fall but has slide down the odds board with poor ninth-place showing in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile back in November. He rebounded from that showing with a second-place finish in the Holy Bull-G2 in early February. He won the Breeders' Futurity-G1 at Keeneland in October and has run his last three races at 1 1/16 miles, which should have him ready to roll in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. Free Drop Billy is +2,000 to win the “Run for the Roses” during the first weekend in May.

Gotta Go 
Gotta Go has looked impressive in three of his last four events, with the lone blemish coming in the Kentucky Jockey Club-G2 back in November. That race just so happened to be at 1 1/16 miles – the same distance this Ian R. Wilkes-trained horse will face Saturday. Outside of that longer distance, Gotta Go is coming off a runner-up showing in the Swale-G3 in early February and posted back-to-back wins in the Street Sense Stakes in October and a MSW in September, the latter at one mile. He’s currently +7,500 to win the 2018 Kentucky Derby.