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Thursday, March 10
Borislow finds his Derby prospect

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Owner-breeder Daniel Borislow has purchased a majority interest in Wild Desert, who will make his 3-year-old debut in Saturday's Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes here. Wild Desert is trained by Ken McPeek.

Borislow, who sold the majority of his breeding stock at Keeneland's Fasig Tipton November mixed sale because of problems with the Internal Revenue Service, did not reveal the details of the sale but said former owner David Gessler Jr. retained a minor interest in the horse.

Wild Desert won 2 of his 8 starts as a 2-year-old. A Canadian-bred son of Wild Rush, he also finished second in Delaware Park's Dover Stakes and concluded his campaign with a third-place finish behind Greater Good in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.

"I've been looking for a Derby prospect for years, but usually by this time of the season the 3-year-olds are either beaten up pretty good or too overpriced," said Borislow. "But I really liked this colt. Looking at his form he reminded me a lot of Real Quiet and Charismatic. He improved with every dirt race, was particularly impressive in his final start when finishing third after racing about 13 wide around the final turn, and appears to be a horse who should improve as a 3-year-old."

Borislow has had one previous Kentucky Derby starter, Talk is Money, who finished last in the 2001 Derby. He also campaigned Toccet, an Eclipse Award finalist as a 2-year-old in 2002.

"I got so upset during the beginning of the IRS process that I soured on the business and sold off a lot of my stock," Borislow said. "But once I began going through the process it became obvious I would prevail. I also love this sport. I missed it and decided to get back in the game again."

Borislow said Wild Desert, a Canadian-bred, would remain with McPeek.

"Ken has done a great job managing this horse, and as long as the colt continues to do well he'll stay in the barn," said Borislow. "Hopefully we'll be able to win the American Triple Crown, but if not I can always take him up to Canada and try to win the Canadian Triple Crown."

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