The impressive winner of the Swale (G3) at Gulfstream Park in his most recent start was also being considered for the March 6 Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct.
“Drain the Clock is going to run in the Fountain of Youth,” Joseph said. “We get to stay at home and don’t have to ship. The weather in New York can be unpredictable this time of year “
Drain the Clock has won four of five career starts, his only loss coming in his third start when his jockey was unseated when an iron broke in a Delta Downs stakes in November. The son of Maclean’s Music has won all three of his races impressively at Gulfstream.
The 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth, the major prep for the $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby (G1) March 27 at Gulfstream, will headline a 14-race program with nine stakes, eight graded. It will mark Drain the Clock’s first opportunity to win around two turns.
“I think he’ll get two turns. But you don’t know until they do it,” Joseph said. “He has stamina on his dam’s side. He’s won his races very impressively, so he deserves the chance. “
Drain the Clock is scheduled to join a deep field that includes Greatest Honour, Tarantino and Prime Factor, the first three finishers, respectively, in the Jan. 30 Holy Bull (G3).
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