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Fountain of Youth Result: Soldat wins in wire-to-wire fashion

Soldat, the 7/5 betting favorite as the gates opened, set a sensible pace on the front end to win the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.  Delta Downs Jackpot winnner Gourmet Dinner, ran second.  To Honor and Serve, the impressive winner of the Grade 2 Remsen last fall, faded to third in deep stretch.  

Official Chart (via


1/4: 24.34
1/2: 47.99
3/4: 1:12.43
Mile: 1:37.19
Final: 1:50.23

Internal Splits:

1/4: 24.34
1/2: 23.65
3/4: 24.44
Mile: 24.76
Final: 13.04

Soldat's final 1/8th of a mile was certainly nothing special, but it was enough to outlast a field that came home, on average, very slow.  Gourmet Dinner ran the fastest final 1/8th - 12.87 seconds, according to the Formulator Interactive Charts.  Here are the final 1/8th of a mile for the entire Fountain of Youth field:

Soldat: 13.04
Gourmet Dinner: 12.87
To Honor and Serve: 13.42
Bowman's Causeway: 13.34
Shackleford: 15.08
Racing Aptitude: 15.76
Casper's Touch: 15.93
El Grayling: 26.04

Yikes...Soldat came home decent for a horse that did all the dirty work up front, and Gourment Dinner ran his usual solid race.  The rest?  Not too good.