Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Friday that Holy Bull winner Cairo Prince will likely bypass the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 22 and instead train up to the Florida Derby on March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
“The plans right now are to probably just point for the Florida Derby,” McLaughlin said in Gulfstream Park’s press notes. “The Holy Bull was a huge effort, and they’re not machines. It’s hard to run every four weeks and run your best. We’ll still look at (the Fountain of Youth), but we might very well skip it.”
A tweet from the Kiaran McLauhlin account said: “Cairo Prince’s next race will most likely be the Florida Derby on March 29th at Gulfstream Park.”
“Cairo’s doing great and eating up well,” McLaughlin said. “He’s just doing real well. He’s back to the track training. The Holy Bull was such a huge effort, and we have to look down the road to the first Saturday in May.”
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported earlier this week that Remsen Stakes winner Honor Code will miss the Fountain of Youth because of a minor setback.