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Prevalence’s Next Start Still Undecided
Prevalence (Credit: Coglianese Photos / Lauren King)

Prevalence’s Next Start Still Undecided

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A decision on Prevalence’s next start on the Triple Crown Trail has yet to be made by the connections of Godolphin LLC’s homebred colt, who was an impressive winner of his first 2 career starts at Gulfstream Park.

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Based at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County, Prevalence is among 25 sophomores nominated to the $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby (G1) presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms at Xalapa Saturday, March 27. To be run for the 70th time at Gulfstream, the Florida Derby has produced the winners of 60 Triple Crown races in its history.

The Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct and Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park, both scheduled for April 3, are also under consideration. All 3 races carry 170 Kentucky Derby (G1) qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 basis.

Trainer Brendan Walsh, who was traveling back to South Florida Wednesday from New Orleans, said he was unsure where the horse would run next.

“No idea yet,” he said. “We’ll see how he’s doing the next few days and go from there.”

Prevalence, a son of multiple Grade 1 winner Medaglia d’Oro and grandson of Hall of Famer Ghostzapper, was an eye-catching 8 1/2-length maiden special weight winner on debut January 23 on the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) undercard.

A fever cost him a chance to run in the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) February 27, but he returned with a professional 3-length optional claiming allowance triumph at Gulfstream March 11.

“He came out of the last race good and he’s back training away and doing well,” Walsh said. “We’ll see how he goes this week and then we’ll have a better idea.”

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