Kenny McPeek-trained Signalman and Harvey Wallbanger breezed at Gulfstream Park Saturday morning in preparation for upcoming stakes on the Road to the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) March 30.
Signalman, who captured the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs in his 2018 finale, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.11. The workout, the third fastest of 37 recorded at the distance, was the son of General Quarters’ third at Gulfstream in preparation for his 2019 debut.
“He worked good. I was happy with it,” said McPeek, who has been targeting the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 2 for Signalman.
Harvey Wallbanger breezed for the first time since pulling off a 29-1 upset victory in the Feb. 2 Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park, getting a half-mile in 50.67 seconds.
“It was an easy half. It was his first work since the race. He’s done everything right,” McPeek said. “He’s done everything right.”
After watching the two Triple Crown prospects breeze next Saturday, McPeek will firm up plans for them.
“I have to work them this weekend, but right now I’m leaning towards Signalman here [in the Fountain of Youth] and waiting with Harvey Wallbanger for the Florida Derby,” McPeek said.
McPeek also sent Grade 1 winner Restless Rider to the Gulfstream track Saturday for her first workout of the season. The Alcibiades (G1) winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) runner-up breezed three furlongs in 39.47 seconds.
Shancelot Dazzles in Career Debut for Navarro
Trainer Jorge Navarro unveiled an exciting 3-year-old prospect in Saturday’s well-stocked third race at Gulfstream Park, saddling Shancelot ($27.60) for a sizzling front-running debut victory.
Owned by Gelfenstein Farm and Albert and Michelle Crawford, the son of Shanghai Bobby ran seven furlongs in 1:22.15 after posting dazzling fractions of 22.27 (seconds), 44.29 and 1:08.82 under Emisael Jaramillo. Shancelot held gamely to hold off a determined late bid by Bodexpress, who finished 5 ½ lengths clear of favored Fort Worth.
“Albert and Michelle Crawford and Gelfenstein Farm gave me an opportunity to go to the sales. They spent a lot of money on babies,” Navarro said. “We bought six and this one was working like [he just ran].”
Shancelot was purchased for $245,000 at the 2018 OBS March sale.
“I loved the way he worked – the gallop-out,” Navarro said. “The gallop-out was amazing.”
Navarro’s success has come primarily with older horses, such as X Y Jet, Private Zone, Sharp Azteca, Delta Bluesman and Aztec Sense, but Shancelot’s eye-catching debut provides his stable with a new dimension.
“He’s kind of built like Sharp Azteca. He reminds me of Sharp Azteca,” Navarro said. “When he works in the morning he reminds me of Sharp Azteca.”
One race later, trainer Mario Pino sent out first-time starter Karama ($5.80) for an extremely impressive debut. The daughter of Kitten’s Joy totally dominated five other 3-year-old fillies during a front-running triumph under Nik Juarez to win by 4 ½ lengths. The Shadwell homebred filly ran seven furlongs in 1:23.19 on fractions of 22.42, 45.07 and 1:09.80.
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