The road towards the Kentucky Derby continues this weekend with the Fountain of Youth Stakes 2017 from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. This Grade 2 event is slated as Race 13 on Saturday’s (March 4) docket, and according to horseracing news, the contenders are set and future betting odds are ready for OSH to deliver our winning horse racing predictions.
Post time for the 2017 Fountain of Youth Stakes is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET and the distance traveled will be 1 1⁄16 miles (8 1/2 furlongs) on Gulfstream Park’s dirt track. The purse up for grabs will be $400,000, and horse racing futures experts should note that the 2017 field is comprised of 11 of the best three-year-olds in the country, spearheaded by the following trio:
Irish War Cry (5/2): The 2017 Fountain of Youth Stakes will give horse racing betting aficionados in South Florida a chance to get a good look at one of the top contenders to win the first leg of this year’s Triple Crown. Less than two months away from the Kentucky Derby, the son of Curlin owns the fourth best odds to win the Run For The Roses at +1000. For this Grade 2 event, Irish War Cry will have a target painted on his back, as he’s clearly the horse to beat based on track familiarity and most recent performances. Trained by H. Graham Motion, the New Jersey native is undefeated thus far with wins at an MSW last November, Marylander Stakes in Laurel Park, and, of course, his Holy Bull Stakes (G2) victory last month at Gulfstream Park. With seasoned jockey Joel Rosario on mount, Irish War Cry is sure to be a hot commodity this weekend, and he’s certainly my choice as the clear horse racing predictions bet to make.
Practical Joke (3/1): Coming in as a very close projected runner-up is none other than (trainer) Chad C. Brown’s Practical Joke at 3/1 horse racing odds. Hailing out of Kentucky, the son of Into Mischief drew post position number six and will have (jockey) Jose Ortiz on mount come Saturday evening. Much like in the case of Irish War Cry, Practical Joke got off to a perfect start to his horse racing career; winning an MSW to kick things off, followed by a pair of eye-popping Grade 1 victories at the Hopeful Stakes (Saratoga) in Sept. and Champagne Stakes (Belmont Park) in Oct. of last year. After stepping up in competition, however, Practical Joke blemished his record, as he finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Park last November (nothing to sneeze at, really). On that evening, he was bested by (1) Classic Empire and (2) Not This Time, who brought the momentum he had created to a screeching halt. Thus, Practical Joke has been on the shelf, which could be a problem as far as rust is concerned, along with his unfamiliarity with the Gulfstream Park track conditions.
Gunnevera (7/2): Rounding out the top three horse racing betting contenders to win the 2017 Fountain of Youth Stakes is a colt that’s out for some vengeance. After finishing in second place at this year’s Holy Bull Stakes, Gunnevera is ready for his rematch with Irish War Cry exactly a month later. Trained by Antonio Sano, the son of Dialed In is not only familiar with the consensus horse to beat, but his familiarity with the track makes him a great horse racing predictions choice at 7/2. As far as Gulfstream Park goes, Gunnevera has a win and a runner-up effort in a pair of MSWs, as well as a winning fourth place at the Birdonthewire last July. In addition, he conquered the 2016 Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) in Santa Anita, the Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) at Delta Downs, but finished fifth in the Breeders’ Futurity Stakes (G1) at Keeneland. Gunnevera will be bursting out of post position number two and will have (jockey) Javier Castellano on mount.
- Fountain of Youth 2017 Predictions: Irish War Cry (5/2)
2017 Fountain of Youth Stakes Contenders, Post Positions & Future Betting Odds
- Huracan Americo: 50/1
- Gunnevera: 7/2
- Quinientos: 50/1
- Talk Logistics: 20/1
- Beasley: 6/1
- Practical Joke: 3/1
- Three Rules: 12/1
- Irish War Cry: 5/2
- Made You Look: 10/1
- Takaful: 12/1
- Lookin for Eight: 20/1