Three Rules Will Point To Gulfstream Park’s Derby Trail In 2017

by | 11.12.2016 | 1:21pm
Three Rules leaving the track after training at Santa Anita

Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' multiple stakes-winning homebred Three Rules will get a short break before being pointed to Gulfstream Park's series of stakes races for 3-year-olds capped by the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1.

Trainer Jose Pinchin said the Gone Astray colt returned to South Florida on Wednesday, four days after suffering his first loss in six career starts in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.

“Everything went smooth. He came out of the race 100 percent sound, which was the main thing. The trip was a good experience. He got to compete at the top level,” Pinchin said. “The experience he got will help him so much.”

Three Rules raced three wide chasing the leaders through opening fractions of 23.05 and 46.60 seconds before tiring to sixth, beaten 14 ¾ lengths. He finished ahead of Grade 1 winners Gormley and Klimt and Grade 3 winner Theory.

“He ran good. He had a hard time. He had to van 29 hours to Louisville and then fly to California. He didn't [train] for five days and he was a little bit dull,” Pinchin said. “He broke bad for the first time in his life, but it is what it is.

“You're running against the best of the best,” he added. “They say this crop of 2-year-olds is the best in 10 years. The fractions were fast. He didn't disgrace himself. He had some Grade 1 winners behind him.”

Gulfstream Park will open its 2016-2017 Championship Meet Saturday, Dec. 3. Its series of stakes for 3-year-olds include the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man at one mile Jan. 7, the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2) at 1 1/16 miles Feb. 4 and the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at 1 1/16 miles March 4, leading up to the 66th running of the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby.

Three Rules won his first five races by a combined 31 lengths, capturing the Birdonthewire Stakes July 2 in his second career start before sweeping the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes series.

“He's going to be pointed for those races down here, the Holy Bull and the Florida Derby, if he's good enough. He'll go on that campaign,” Pinchin said. “He'll get 30 days off and then he'll go back in training. He will be competing against some of the same horses [as the Breeders' Cup] during the winter meet, but he'll be fine.”

For more about the ownership behind Three Rules, check out this Paulick Report feature.

  • BeastBob

    “You’re running against the best of the best,” he added. “They say this crop of 2-year-olds is the best in 10 years.”

    This is arguably true for the top 2 finishers Classic Empire and Not This Time. The rest of the field that finished 7 lengths or more behind are in the same mix with the 2015 2YO crop (Nyquist and company). Even their BSFs backed this up.

  • Richard C

    Now comes the chess match of young runners good enough to dream being directed into the brackets for “Twin Spires Madness” – West, Southeast, South, East – with a healthy dosage of bracket busters also prepping for the big show.

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    • David

      You are wrong, Cornelio rode the colt 5 time to victory! The just just met the best of this crop.

      • race

        Agreed–Cornelio one of the old school of unreconized riders–no ego, he knew that going up against JR, the Ortiz brothers, Rosario and Castellano all these years was difficult at best. Is he as talented as those five, maybe not–on any given day though he could be—- just not as consistent. I root for Cornelio to do well in Florida, he made a strategic move this past year going South after those cold winters at Aqueduct–I’m rooting for him–

  • Will Styles

    Three rules is going no where. He’ll be lucky if he qualifys for the derby. He faced no real racehorses this summer in Florida and is with a poor barn. Not even close to a great horse. And what’s this he vanned 29 hours to Louisville? Last I checked maybe 12 hours tops. Needs to find a new hauler or stop being cheap and fly the horse out of south Florida. But that’s what you get from that barn Cheap all the way around.

  • Marvin Gardens

    The owners should get out while the gettin is good.

  • David

    Three Rules is just a Floridian champion. It is misleading the way Gulfstream create artificial champions. This colt never competed with horses from other states (Ky, Ny, etc). He only raced under the protection program of Florida bred races…., which happen to have an inferior breeding Stallion base compare to Ky and Ca.

    • Tiffany A

      While I agree that Kentucky has better breeding stock – stallions and mares, a good race horse can come from anywhere. Three Rules should continue to improve as he approaches his 3 year old season.

    • race

      Gee, Glad to see your not bias–

    • Al Milano

      Yeah, you would have said the same thing about Awesome Feather (among hundreds of other Fla breds) wouldn’t you? That was a pretty artificial Breeders Cup win on her part wasn’t it? I think the fillies who ate her dust at Churchill wish she would have stayed down there with the other inferior horses.

  • AJ

    Most of the people who have commented are idiots. If you would read anything about this you would have seen that for whatever reason the owner instead of flying the horse from Florida decided to drive the horse to Louisville and fly him from there which is ignorant as can be. Then he said stale for 5 days without any training and you want to throw out there that Cornelio Velasquez is not a good writer and it’s his fault that’s just nonsense and that’s why I say there are some idiots on this post. If anything you should question the trainer and the owner on why they decided to drive this horse all the way to Kentucky instead of fly it straight out from Florida.

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