Peruvian G1 Winner Huracan Americo Continues Preparations For Fountain Of Youth Start

by | 02.16.2017 | 8:27am
Huracan Americo, a Group 1 winner in Peru, is being pointed to the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes.
Huracan Americo, a Group 1 winner in Peru, is being pointed to the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes.

Huracan Americo, a Group 1 winner in Peru, schooled in the Gulfstream Park paddock and walking ring during Wednesday's fifth race in preparation for a planned start in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) March 4.

The Florida-bred 3-year-old colt, who debuted with a fourth-place finish in a maiden event at Hipodromo De Monterrico Sept. 25, captured the Derby Nacional (G1) in his second lifetime start Nov. 6.

Huracan Americo, trained by Arturo Bruno Morales Cavieres in Peru, arrived at Gulfstream Park Jan. 29. Trainer Dante Zanelli Jr., who saddled Peruvian multiple Group 1 stakes winner Tomcito for a third-place finish behind Big Brown in the 2008 Florida Derby (G1), is overseeing the colt's day-to-day preparation for the Fountain of Youth.

“They are totally different horses. Tomcito was a very heavy horse and hard to train. We had to go really hard on him to get him fit. This guy does everything right. He's so light; he's so easy going,” Zanelli said. “This guy carries himself well. We're very excited. We're looking forward to the big showdown.”

The son of Drosselmeyer, who was purchased by Dona Licha for $14,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall  Yearlings Sale, breezed for the first time Feb. 9, timed in 1:02.69 for five furlongs.

“He went easy and went a quarter. The trainer from Peru came to see him. We're working together to make sure he's training properly with his training methods,” said Zanelli, who reported that Huracan Americo is scheduled to breeze seven furlongs Saturday.

  • Gotchagold

    Love to see a son of Drosselmeyer get a big horse. Can’t wait to see what he can do. Good luck to him and his connections.

  • ctgreyhound

    If he can make it to the Derby lineup that would be exciting. It appears that there will be more international entries in the future & that can only add to the appeal of the race.

  • Ida Lee

    Nice looking boy …. hopefully he’ll make it to the Derby ….

  • Rob B

    Anybody know if lookin for eight is gonna run in FOY?

  • Tinky

    It would be fun to see him run well, but this kind of program (e.g. racing Southern Hemisphere horses fairly quickly after arrival) has a very poor record over decades in the U.S.

  • PointGivenTCL

    Beautiful colt! And to do what he did – win the biggest race of the year for 3yos as a maiden in his second start vs. horses six months older than him – well that’s something I wouldn’t have believed if you told me. So he certainly has some talent. But it’s hard to imagine him doing anything but run up the track against Irish War Cry, Classic Empire, etc.

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