General a Rod works for Florida Derby start

The Sports NetworkMarch 23, 2014 

Hallandale Beach, FL ( - General a Rod, runner-up in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, put in his final Florida Derby workout Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park.

Trained by Mike Maker, General a Rod covered five furlongs in 1:01.54.

"He worked well," Maker said. "A horse dropped in and wanted to work with him, but he handled it well, settled nice and did what we wanted. We were just going easy with him. The time was really insignificant."

Owned by J. Armando Rodriguez, General a Rod lost by a head to Wildcat Red in the Fountain of Youth on Feb.22. He won the New Year's Day Gulfstream Park Derby by a head over his rival and has had four different jockeys for all four career starts.

"He just looks like the whole package to me," Maker said General a Rod. "With past horses I've had the surface was questionable and so forth. Other than Hansen, they didn't have a lot of speed, and he's very tactical. He's a lot bigger horse than I've had. It's just a lot of good things."

The $1 million Florida Derby will feature, along with Wildcat Red and General a Rod, Holy Bull Stakes winner Cairo Prince, Swale Stakes champ Spot, unbeaten Constitution, and stakes winner Matador.

"If the situation calls for him to be forwardly placed, so be it. If we have to sit off it, that's fine, too. Hopefully, somebody else will do the dirty work," Maker noted.

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