Florida Derby Horses Work Coast to Coast

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3:27 pm EDT

Audible, Promises Fulfilled Readied

Several horses breezed this morning in anticipation of next Saturday's Florida Derby, including Holy Bull Stakes winner Audible and Fountain of Youth Stakes winner Promises Fulfilled.

Audible workout video
Promises Fulfilled workout video
Storm Runner workout video
Fire When Ready workout video

Promises Fulfilled (pictured) breezed five furlongs in 1:02.08 at Gulfstream Park. It was the second breeze since the Dale Romans-trained colt captured the Fountain of Youth on March 3. Exercise rider Faustino Orates was aboard for the breeze, while Robby Albarado has the mount for the Florida Derby.

“I thought he worked beautifully. He was moving good. He just went nice and easy in the last work before the race,” Romans said.

Albarado is two-for-two aboard Promised Fulfilled, having been aboard for the Kentucky-bred’s debut victory at Churchill Downs on Sept. 17 and an allowance at Keeneland on Oct. 13. Promises Fulfilled finished third behind Enticed and Tiz Mischief at Churchill in the Nov. 25 Kentucky Jockey Club after fighting jockey Alex Canchari while drifting out. He returned to score a 2 1/4-length victory under Irad Ortiz Jr. in the Fountain of Youth.

“I think he’s three lengths away from being the favorite for the Derby right now,” said Romans, referring to the Kentucky Jockey Club. “He’d be four-for-four, which he very much should have been. It’s been a great winter for him. Hopefully, he’ll go out with a bang.”

Storm Runner, who finished a troubled seventh in the Fountain of Youth, breezed five furlongs in 59.17 seconds under Tammy Fox for Romans.

“I thought he worked good, and Tammy gave me the thumbs-up,” Romans said. “She was impressed.”

The Florida Derby is also next for Storm Runner.

Audible's Half-Mile Breeze

The Todd Pletcher-trained Audible breezed four furlongs in 49.19  at Palm Beach Downs. The son of Into Mischief worked in company with Vino Rosso, fourth in the Tampa Bay Derby two weeks ago, and also clocked in 49.19.

Audible finished third in his Sept. 27 debut at Belmont Park before winning his next three races, including a 5 1/2-length romp in the Holy Bull on Feb. 3.

“I thought it was a standard Audible work," Pletcher said. He’s not an overzealous workhorse, but he put in a nice 49 on a track that isn’t playing particularly fast. He galloped out with some enthusiasm. He seems like he’s training consistently with the way he was training up to the Holy Bull and some of his other races. He seems like he’s had a good time since the Holy Bull. He seems to be coming up to the Florida Derby in good order.”

Fire When Ready Works at Santa Anita

Fire When Ready prepped at Santa Anita, breezing six furlongs in 1:14.60. Assistant trainer Rosie Higgins, wife of Kent Desormeaux, was aboard for the breeze. Albin Jimenez has the mount for the Florida Derby.

Fire When Ready is scheduled to be shipped to Gulfstream Monday.

“We got the last quarter in 24 and two-fifthl. He went well,” trainer Bob Hess Jr. said. “He tucked in behind two horses and got a lot of kickback. He quickened up late, shot through along the rail and finished up a length ahead of the other two.”

Fire When Ready was privately purchased by Loooch Racing following his four-length victory in a $30,000 maiden race at Los Alamitos Dec. 17. The Kentucky-bred son of Empire Way came right back to capture a two-turn mile allowance on Jan. 24 at Santa Anita. In his most recent race, Fire When Ready finished fourth in the California Cup Derby for California-breds and horses sired by California stallions.


In addition to Promises Fulfilled, Storm Runner, Audible and Fire When Ready, the Florida Derby field is expected to include Strike Power, Catholic Boy, and Millionaire Runner. Strike Power breeezed at Gulfstream Park yesterday. Catholic Boy arrived at the track on Thursday from Bridlewood Farm and has been galloping in the mornings since.

Edited Gulfstream Park release