Mike Francesa’s horse flips over in fountain of youth

High Oak, co-owned by former radio giant Mike Francesa, looked good sitting ahead of the frontrunners in the Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

He ended up in close quarters about a ¹/₄ mile from home and cut heels with another competitor, Galt. Both horses fell, knocking their riders down. The horses got up and ran away, and they say they are fine.

Both Joel Rosario and Junior Alvarado took off their frames in the last drink. Alvarado may miss some time with a left ankle/leg injury.

The spill allowed Simplification ($7) to simply walk away to the fountain of youth and punch their ticket to the Kentucky Derby.

It’s not “ovah” for Francesa’s High Oak. He will be evaluated and could reload in a month in the Florida Derby.

Two other preparations for the Derby took place on Saturday. Morello ($4) won the Gotham in convincing fashion at Aqueduct. And in the Western Derby hopefuls match, Bob Baffert’s doppelganger was no match for Richard Mandella’s Forbidden Kingdom ($4) at San Felipe at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

New York Post

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