Derby contender Soldat rolls
to Fountain of Youth victory
Soldat solidified himself as a Kentucky Derby contender on Saturday by romping to victory in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by Alan Garcia, Soldat led virtually throughout Gulfstream’s final major prep for the $1 million Florida Derby on April 3. The 7-5 favorite in the field of eight 3-year-olds returned $4.80, $3.00 and $2.20.
The final time for 1 1/8 miles on the fast main track was 1 minute, 50.23 seconds.
“It’s on to the Florida Derby now,” McLaughlin said. “He’s done everything right, and today we got the fast track we wanted.”
Gourmet Dinner finished two lengths behind Soldat and returned $3.80 and $2.60, while To Honor and Serve made a bold move for the lead before tiring. He returned $2.20 in third.
Soldat has three wins and four second-place finishes in seven career starts. The 3-year-old son of War Front increased his lifetime earnings to $554,300.
Also on the Gulfstream card, Flashpoint drew off from heavily favored pacesetter Travelin Man to register an impressive 7¼-length victory in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes.
Trained by Rick Dutrow Jr., the son of Pomeroy covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.03. Dutrow said he’s pointing the colt to the Florida Derby and perhaps the Kentucky Derby.
Flashpoint paid $15.80, $5.60 and $4.20 as the 6-1 third choice in the field of nine 3-year-olds. He improved to 2-for-2 in his career with earnings of $115,200.
In the $250,000 Davona Dale, R Heat Lightning bounced back from a sub-par effort in last month’s Forward Gal to win by 7½ lengths.
The 3-year-old daughter of Trippi, who won last year’s Frizette and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, paid $7.00, $3.20 and $2.40. Dancinginherdreams held on for second, paying $2.60 and $2.10, and Pomeroy’s Pistol finished third and paid $3.00.
Wagner fires 65 to take lead
at PGA Tour’s Mexico stop
Johnson Wagner shot 6-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Chris Stroud after the third round of the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Wagner, the 2008 Houston Open winner, had a 13-under 200 total on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course on the Caribbean coast. Stroud, the second-round leader after making eight straight birdies in a round of 63, shot 70 in the third round.
Bobby Gates (64), Spencer Levin (67) and Jarrod Lyle (67) were at 202.
Also: Japan’s Chie Arimura shot 1-under 71 for a one-stroke lead over Australia’s Karrie Webb after the third round of the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.
Arimura had two birdies and one bogey, finishing with an 11-under 205 total. Webb shot 70, and top-ranked Yani Tseng, seeking her fourth title of the year, was tied for third at 211 with South Koreans Na Yeon Choi (71) and Sun Young Yoo (73).
American Morgan Pressel (70) was in seventh at 213.
Vonn, back from concussion,
claims World Cup downhill win
Lindsey Vonn appeared fully recovered from a concussion, capturing a women’s downhill in Are, Sweden, three weeks after a concussion curtailed her world championships. It marked the 40th World Cup victory of her career, extending her American record for men and women.
Vonn finished in 1 minute, 40.93 seconds for her seventh win this season.
Vonn, the defending World Cup overall champion, crashed during training Feb. 2 in Austria and withdrew from the late stages of the world championships on Feb. 14, still feeling the effects of a concussion.
Also: Georgia running back Washaun Ealey was reinstated to the team, less than three weeks after he was suspended for disciplinary reasons.
Coach Mark Richt said Ealey, who led the team last season with 811 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns, will rejoin team activities Monday.
Ealey was suspended Feb. 8. Richt didn’t give a specific reason for the punishment, but left the door open for Ealey’s return. ESPN.com reported that he failed to show up for disciplinary running.
Veteran defenseman Bryan McCabe was traded to the New York Rangers by the Florida Panthers for forward Tim Kennedy and a third-round draft pick in this year’s draft. The 35-year-old McCabe has long been rumored to be a target of the Rangers, and he waived his no-trade clause for the deal to be completed.
Las Vegas hockey standout Jason Zucker scored two goals as sixth-ranked Denver beat No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha 4-2 to overtake the Mavericks for second place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.