How to Make the Most of the Fountain of Youth Card

Horse Racing Radar
Rich Bieglmeier
Rich Bieglmeier is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Saturday, February 27, 2021

After the Super Bowl, one of the players from the winning team looks into the camera and says, "I am going to Disney." If horses could talk, Mr. Ed notwithstanding, the winner of the Fountain of Youth Stakes race this Saturday would announce, "I am headed to Churchill."

It's a Kentucky Derby points race and the first to the wire gets 50. Since moving to the new qualifying system in 2013, all horses to accumulate half-a-hundred points earned a Derby berth; injuries and other unexpected events aside.

The Fountain of Youth caps a 14-race card that includes nine stakes races with prize pools of at least $100,000. You know what that means from a horseplayer's perspective? Super-sized money pools and the potential for major paydays.

Players need to be extra prepared, armed with as much info as possible to up their chances during big days like the Fountain of Youth. That's exactly what our friends at Guaranteed Tip Sheet do for their customers with their 10-page, Fountain of Youth Wagering Guide.

It covers all of the nine stakes races and they were kind enough to share the first stakes race of the day, race three, the Grade III, Herecomesthebride Stakes portion of the wagering guide with Horse Racing Radar.

It starts with the distance, surface and post position biases for Gulfstream races at 1 1/16 Miles on turf:


Distance/Surface Bias: Slightly favors horse that come from off the pace with 41 of 72 races. On average, the winning horse is fourth through the first 6 furlongs and makes its move from there. 


Post Position Bias: The one post has a slight edge but most of the gates play fair.


Then they move on to the top contenders, value plays, longshots and some commentary:


Top Contenders:


#6 – Tobys Heart is undefeated in two starts where she made huge, late moves. Coming from mid-pack with a late kick is the preferred running style. She hasn't raced since mid-August and is trying a route for the first time are the two big question marks.


#3 – Con Lima will be out front from the jump. She finished second by a nose in her last as the favorite. However, the final mile time was fast for this crew. If she can run at her typical pace, it could be hard for the others to catch and pass her.


#1 – Spanish Loveaffair ran the top, last race speed figure in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf but finished sixth. She's run twice at Gulfstream for trainer Mark Casse, winning both.


Value Plays and Long Shots:


#2 – Lijana is lightly raced with only two on her resume. She ran some much-improved fractions in her last, which was her first since November. Due to her limited schedule, we don't know her potential and might show more in race two off the bench.


#4 – I Get It is an all or nothing horse with four wins and nothing else in seven races. A pair of the victories came in a handful of races at Gulfstream Park. She finished fourth behind some of these in her only stakes race.


#7 – Mail Order broker her maiden in her last race, her second career start and first on grass. She was on the lead and hung on by a nose. The extra distance could hurt her chances.

Of course, it's horse racing. It would be nice if everything goes as planned, but then every winner would be 1/9. As such, horseplayer need to adjust on the fly. If speed is winning, then move speed horses up the list and closers down the ranks. Of course, if speed can't hold up with stalkers and closers getting to the winners' circle, re-rank accordingly.


That's why the Wagering Guide includes the running style of each horse and the expected early pace:


Pace based on most recent races:

Early Speed: Lijana, Con Lima, Joy of Painting, Mail Order

Stalkers: Spanish Loveaffair

Closers: I Get It, Tobys Heart, Designer Ready


Early Race Outlook:  CON LIMA is a true frontrunner and should step to the front. She'll be challenged by MAIL ORDER. Next in line should be LIJANA and JOY OF PAINTING who are more co-pilots than pilots. CON LIMA is the one with the best chance to go wire to wire.


And then they wrap it up with The Play, Picks and Suggested Wagers.


The Play: TOBYS HEART is undefeated in to starts and stretching out for the first time. Routes might be a better fir for her closing style. CON LIMA is speed and has not finished worse then second in seven races. SPANISH LOVEAFFAIR is two for two at Gulfstream and has the top, last race speed figure. LIJANA ran a sneaky good race last out and should be better in round two off the bench.


#6 – Tobys Heart 7/2
#3 – Con Lima 3-1
#1 – Spanish Loveaffair 2-1
#2 – Lijana 8-1
#4 – I Get It 12-1
#7 – Mail Order 12-1

Exacta 1,2,3,6 Box

Trifecta 1,3,6/1,2,3,6/1,2,3,4,6

We suggest using the Wager Guide to compliment your handicapping. Perhaps to confirm your analysis and to give you something, an angle or insight you didn't think about. Or, you can play them straight up. Either way, you'll be equipped with more knowledge and better prepared to make the most of the super-sized money pools and move the odds into your favor.


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Best of luck today!