The Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park is a "Road to the Kentucky Derby" points race, with the top four finishers accruing points toward starting gate eligibility for the Run for the Roses on May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Isabelle de Tomaso's Irish War Cry is scheduled to make his 2018 debut in Saturday's $100,000 Hal's Hope (G3) at Gulfstream Park, where the multiple graded-stakes winner registered a scintillating triumph in the Holy Bull (G2) last year.
Madame Stripes, Madam Dancealot, Insta Erma and Juno all rate big chances in Saturday's Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita Park. With the afore mentioned foursome figuring prominently, a field of nine older fillies and mares has been engaged to compete at a flat mile on turf.
Ax Man & All Out Blitz head a field of six sophomores going seven furlongs in Saturday's Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita Park. To be run for the 78th time, the San Vicente serves as a traditional prep to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 7.