ItsAKnockout Wins Derby Prep In A DQ
It took Gulfstream Park stewards about 10 minutes to declare Starlight Racing's ItsAKnockOut the winner of Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes after 4-5 favorite Upstart was disqualified and placed second in a controversial decision.
After covering the 1 1/16 distance in 1:46.28 Upstart was bothered about the 1/16 pole by early leader Frosted who was fading badly and drifted out towards Upstart who in turn drifted into the path of ItsAKnockout.
As Derby preps go the final run time of the FOY wasn't impressive. And more importantly the DQ denied Upstart the 50 points awarded to the winner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
As it stands now, Internation Star leads all Kentucky Derby hopefuls with 71 points. ItsAKnockout is second with 50 points. Upstart, currently in third place, picked up 20 points to add to his Holy Bull win making his total 36 points.
After the race Upstart's trainer Rick Violette's opinion of the stewards' decision was that it was a "bad call."
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