Florida Derby Likely Next Step For Both Promises Fulfilled, Strike Power

Both Promises Fulfilled and Strike Power, the one-two finishers in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes, are likely to come back in next month’s Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. According to drf.com, both colts exited their efforts in good shape and were doing well on Sunday morning.

“It was a great ride, a smart ride,” said trainer Dale Romans, referring to Irad Ortiz’s front-running victory aboard Promises Fulfilled, accomplished from the outermost staring gate. Romans added that he had “always wanted to win this race. It’s a big race on the Kentucky Derby trail and I’m proud to say we’ve won it. Now we’ll look to knock out the Florida Derby with him.”

As for Strike Power, trainer Mark Hennig was pleased with the colt’s first efforts around two turns.

“The way the race unfolded, he handled that well,” Hennig said. “He climbed maybe a little bit early but then settled in and relaxed. I thought we had that horse turning for home, but he wasn’t coming back. First trip around two turns … we kind of threw 5 1/2 (furlongs) then seven (furlongs) then 1 1/16 miles at him rather quickly. Hopefully with some time to let it all soak in, he can move forward again.”

Read more at drf.com.

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