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Thursday, April 11, 2013


SUMMER OF FUN LEADS FIELD OF NINE IN $100,000 CALDER OAKS


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (April 10, 2013) – Bona Venture Stables’ Summer of Fun, third when beaten less than two lengths in last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, tops a field of nine that will gather on the Calder Casino & Race Course turf Saturday for the 22nd running of the $100,000 Calder Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile turf test for 3-year-old fillies.


Trained by George Weaver, Summer of Fun broke her maiden at Saratoga last August, and although the daughter of Include could do no better than 10th when trying the Grade 2 Natalma in her stakes debut, she bounced back with a good third in the Grade 3 Jessamine before shipping to Santa Anita where she nearly pulled off a 43-1 Breeders’ Cup upset in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.


In her most recent start, the daughter of Include was a commanding 3 ½-length allowance winner over 1 1/16 miles of Gulfstream Park grass.

Summer of Fun has drawn post seven for the Calder Oaks where she will be ridden by Paco Lopez.

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Toasting, third in last year’s Grade 1 Frizette and most recently third in the OBS Championship Stakes Fillies Division, will try turf for the first time in Saturday’s Calder Derby when starting from post three under jockey Elvis Trujillo.

Trained by Tom Albertrani, Toasting last prevailed when a 5 ½-length winner of an off-the-turf Gulfstream allowance on February 15. Last year, the daughter of Congrats invaded Calder for the Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies as part of the Florida Million program where she crossed the wire fifth.

Miller Racing, LLC’s E B Ryder, whose trainer Marty Wolfson won the Calder Oaks in 1992 with Expensiveness, will start from the rail when partnered with jockey Hugo Sanchez for Saturday’s renewal.

A daughter of Bluegrass Cat, E B Ryder overcame a slow start to break her maiden on the Gulfstream turf course in her last start when besting a field of $75,000 maiden claiming rivals by three-quarters of a length.

Other notables entered in the Calder Oaks include Ocean Breeze Stable’s Wild About Irene, second in the $100,000 Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and most recently runner-up in a Tampa turf allowance; George J. Kerr’s Faerie Queen, a 1 ¾-length maiden-breaking winner in her last; and the Rontos Racing Stable Corp. uncoupled pair of Street Girl and Love to Score, both exiting top-three performances in entry-level allowance events at Gulfstream.

Completing the field is Jessica Colon’s Number One Dancer and Mighty White Stallion, LLC’s Light the North.

The $100,000 Calder Oaks is scheduled as the 11th race on a 12-race Saturday program with an approximate post time of 5:30 p.m. First race post-time is 12:50 p.m.



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