Finally a little tidbit on my pick for the Florida Derby, Fierce Wind. He did drop like a stone about half way through, I thought something must have been wrong beyond just not being able to keep pace.
Fierce Wind, who finished 10th in the 12-horse field, was found to have bled in the race, according to trainer Nick Zito. After the race, Fierce Wind was transferred by owner Halsey Minor to trainer Rick Violette Jr. Minor, who has the brilliant filly Dream Rush with Violette, purchased Fierce Wind privately before the Florida Derby.
Also, interesting note about the connections. I guess Nick Zito can’t train them all!