Saturday workouts for Florida Derby contenders

The Sports NetworkMarch 22, 2014 

Hallandale Beach, FL ( - Probable favorite Cairo Prince has his final workout on Saturday for next week's Florida Derby.

Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Cairo Prince, with exercise rider Rob Massey, worked four furlongs at Palm Meadows Training Center in 50 4/5 seconds.

"He went by himself. We didn't want a 47," McLaughlin said. "He was perfect. It could have been a tiny bit faster, but we know he can go faster. We were just looking for a maintenance work."

Owned by Godolphin Stable, Cairo Prince won the Holy Bull by 5 3/4 lengths in his first start of the year. The colt has won three of four starts for $512,000.

Working out at Gulfstream Park was Fountain of Youth Stakes winner Wildcat Red.

Wildcat Red, owned by Honors Stable Corp. and trained by Jose Garoffalo, covered three furlongs in 34.42 seconds and galloped out a half-mile in 48.81 seconds.

"He did his job. He did what he usually does," Garoffalo said. "We were happy with the workout and he came back full of himself. It's one more step. Everything seems good, so the plan is still on. We hope to enter the horse on Wednesday and run next Saturday.

"The closer we get to the race, the more excited you are, but we're OK, we're handling it with no rush. We're just waiting for the race, and that's it. We're still on the way."

Wildcat Red has won four of six career starts, including the Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream on Feb. 1, for $490,850.

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