2 wins move trainer's colts closer to Derby appearance

By wire services
Published March 6, 2005

HALLANDALE BEACH - The Kentucky Derby season kicked into high gear for Nick Zito.

The two-time Derby-winning trainer added two more 3-year-olds to his arsenal when High Fly won the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes and Noble Causeway took an allowance race Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

High Fly, in his first start since Zito took over as the colt's trainer last month, won for the fourth time in five starts. The chestnut colt's only blemish was a third-place finish in the Holy Bull at Gulfstream on Feb. 5.

SANTA CATALINA STAKES: Declan's Moon won the $200,000 race by two lengths at Arcadia, Calif., in his first step on the road to the Kentucky Derby. The colt acted up while being saddled in the paddock, then settled on the outside of the six-horse field and took the lead just past the eighth pole. Declan's Moon was making his 3-year-old debut at Santa Anita after winning all four of his starts last year.

MOUNTAIN VALLEY STAKES: In an unexpectedly early appearance at Oaklawn Park, Derby hopeful Afleet Alex held off Razor to win the 66th running of the race in Hot Springs, Ark. Afleet Alex started his 3-year-old campaign with a 23/4-length victory, running 6 furlongs in 1:09.4 to tie the stakes record from 1984.

STYMIE HANDICAP: Hydrogen rallied along the rail to nose out Aggadan in the 50th running of the $79,775 race for horses 3 and older at Aqueduct in New York.