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Hidden Scroll Installed as 9/5 Favorite for Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes

by Gulfstream Park Press Release

February 27, 2019

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Hidden Scroll, an impressive winner of his lone career start Jan. 26, drew Post 7 and was installed as the 9-5 program favorite for Saturday’s $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

The 73rd running of the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth for 3-year-olds, the final step on the road to the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) March 30, attracted a field of 11 sophomores. It is carded 13th on a blockbuster 14-race program featuring nine graded-stakes worth $1.65 million in purses.

First race post time Saturday is 11:30 a.m. Post time for the Fountain of Youth is set for 5:32 p.m.

Hidden Scroll, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, made his career debut on the undercard of the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Championship Invitational at Gulfstream, going gate to wire to win the one-mile maiden special weight by 14 lengths in 1:34.82 over a sloppy, sealed track.

To be ridden by Joel Rosario, Hidden Scroll will carry 116 pounds, six fewer than co-topweights Vekoma and Signalman. R. A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stables’ Vekoma, undefeated in two starts including the Nashua (G3) last out, is second choice on the morning line at 7-2. Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) winner Signalman is third choice at 9-2.

Here is the field for the Fountain of Youth, with post positions and odds:

  1. Code of Honor (Shug McGaughey/John Velazquez) - 6/1
  2. Epic Dreamer (Kelly Breen/Tyler Gaffalione) - 20/1
  3. Gladiator King (Jaime Mejia/Jorge Solorzano) - 50/1
  4. Bourbon War (Mark Hennig/Irad Ortiz Jr.) - 10/1
  5. Vekoma (George Weaver/Manny Franco) - 7/2
  6. Signalman (Ken McPeek/Brian Hernandez Jr.) - 9/2
  7. Hidden Scroll (Bill Mott/Joel Rosario) - 9/5
  8. Global Campaign (Stanley Hough/Luis Saez) - 10/1
  9. Everfast (Dale Romans/Chris Landeros) - 20/1
  10. Frosted Grace (Kathy Ritvo/Jonathan Gonzales) - 30/1
  11. Union's Destiny (Juan Carlos Avila/Leonel Reyes) - 30/1