Zito Longshot Still Alive for Kentucky Derby
While most of the attention surrounding last Saturday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes at Florida’s Gulfstream Park has been surrounding the race’s bizarre finish there’s another plotline that has gone unnoticed. Veteran trainer Nick Zito is still alive as he seeks his third Kentucky Derby title thanks to a late push by 63-1 longshot Frammento. Frammento caught pace setter Frosted at the wire to take third place and receive 10 qualification points. Betting on the Kentucky Derby is possible at Online Derby Action.
It didn’t look good for Frammento during most of the race. He spent much of the run in last place in a field of eight which appeared to validate his high betting odds. That was before Frosted faded badly and Frammento made a very strong effort in the stretch to enable his third place finish. Frammento’s competitive resume up to this point hasn’t been especially distinguished. He finished second to Bluegrass Singer in his career debut, an allowance race at Gulfstream. He looked even less impressive in his sixth place finish in the Holy Bull Stakes.
Now Nick Zito has options for Frammento but his eventual goal is the Kentucky Derby. The veteran trainer suggested that Frammento might be the kind of horse that has ‘one big race in him’. Of course he’ll need at least one more decent effort to get into the May 2 Derby since it’s almost impossible to make the field with just 10 qualification points.
So what’s next for Frammento? Zito intimated that his horse would run in the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 28. A win in this ultra-competitive horse race would guarantee Frammento a spot in the Kentucky Derby field awarding 100 qualification points. Even a second place finish would greatly increase his chances of making the race with 50 points awarded. Zito noted that he would have to discuss the plan for Frammento with his owner but quickly mentioned the horse’s two races at Gulfstream Park.