Meet the Contenders: 2024 Fountain of Youth S.

February 27th, 2024

Meet the horses running in the 2024 Fountain of Youth S. at Gulfstream Park. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well. Be sure to follow these contenders by adding them to your Stable Alerts.

Speak Easy (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#1 Speak Easy                    ****

Pro: Turned heads with fast debut victory on Pegasus World Cup Day.

Con: Concedes experience to other main players and might opt for Friday allowance.

Le Dom Bro (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#2 Le Dom Bro                   *

Pro: Second-place effort in Swale S., his swiftest through five starts.

Con: Doesn’t possess much speed figure power; improvement needed.

Gulfstream Park (Photo by Coglianese Photos)

#3 Victory Avenue             ****

Pro: From connections of Mage, fits here despite debut loss.  

Con: Can’t afford to go full blast while stepping up in distance.

Gulfstream Park (Photo by Coglianese Photos)

#4 Real Macho                  **

Pro: Shockingly caught sharp maiden winner last out over a mile.

Con: Inconsistent through four starts and both wins around one turn.

Dornoch (Photo by Keeneland Photos)

Dornoch breaking his maiden at Keeneland (Photo by Keeneland Photos)

#5 Dornoch                       ****

Pro: Won key edition of Remsen (G2) against future Derby prep winners.

Con: Had bias working in favor of him at Aqueduct; faces other speed here. 

Merit (Coglianese Photography)

[SCRATCHED] #6 Merit                            **

Pro: Graduated easily here and might have been a tad short in comeback.

Con: Must quicken facing more experienced stakes foes.

Frankie's Empire (Photo by Coady Photography)

#7 Frankie’s Empire           **

Pro: Won Swale convincingly, though that didn’t come back a fast race.

Con: Blows hot and cold and perhaps a one-turn specialist.

Locked (Photo by Coglianese Photos)

#8 Locked                          *****

Pro: Grade 1 winner one of the classier colts in the field; Breeders’ Cup-placed.

Con: Missed intended start at Tampa due to illness; might need one.

Dancing Groom (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#9 Dancing Groom             *

Pro: Trainer/jock combo won this in 2017 with Gunnevera.

Con: Not seriously competitive in three prior Derby prep attempts.