Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Calder Stakes Advance


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 4, 2013) – The Summit Preview, which consists of four stakes races run at 6 furlongs each that are held one month prior to the Summit of Speed, drew an experienced set of runners for Saturday, June 8, at Calder Casino & Race Course.

Four stakes races comprise the Summit Preview – the $75,000 Unbridled Stakes for 3-year-olds, the $75,000 Leave Me Alone Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the $75,000 U Can Do It Handicap for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up, and the $75,000 Ponche Handicap for 3-year-olds and up.

Rosa Stephany Taveras’ Sr. Quisqueyano won the 1 1/16-mile Calder Derby on Calder’s opening day card by 7 ½-lengths and returns to sprinting for the first time this year in the Unbridled. During the 2012 Calder season, Sr. Quisqueyano finished second in the 6-furlong Birdonthewire Stakes at Calder and the 7-furlong Jack Price Juvenile Stakes. His first career stakes victory came in the 1-mile Seacliff Stakes at Calder last year.

Cloud Nine Lumoni’s City of Weston has two stakes wins under his belt already this year. He earned his first career stakes victory in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs before taking the Big Drama Stakes at Calder by three-quarters of a length.

Gilbert G. Campbell’s Two T’s At Two B went 3-for-5 with one second and one third-place finish at Calder as a 2-year-old and returns for his 3-year-old campaign in the Unbridled. His stakes victories came in the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes and the Florida Stallion Dr. Fager Stakes. Averill Racing LLC and Silver Oak Stable LLC’s R Free Roll is the only filly taking on the colts in the Unbridled. R Free Roll has faced colts only one time previously in her career, leading the field and pulling ahead to a 3 ¼-length victory in a 5 ½-furlong allowance last September.

Amaty Racing Stables Inc.’s Anillo, Natalie and Rowan Dixon’s Rockyshomerun, Lakshmi Rattan’s Trinni Heart, and Peras International’s Dr. Chase round out the entrants for the Unbridled.

Frank Carl Calabrese has two runners for the Leave Me Alone, Dreaming of Sophia and Dreaming of Lucy. Dreaming of Sophia closed out her 2-year-old campaign last September with a win in the 6-furlong Cassidy Stakes at Calder after earning her first career victory in a 6-furlong maiden special weight race by an impressive 6 ¼-lengths. Facing older competition for the first time while making her 2013 debut off a layoff, Dreaming of Sophia raced close to the pacesetter, Equus Racing Stable LLC and New Life Stable Inc.’s Isabelle’s Thunder, a 5-year-old mare who is entered in the U Can Do It, close to the quarter pole before tiring. Dreaming of Lucy is 2-for-3 with one second place finish in her first season. She most recently won a 6-furlong allowance at Calder by ¾-lengths.

Arindel Farm’s Vitameta broke her maiden last year by 7-lengths in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder in which Dreaming of Sophia also ran. She earned her first career stakes win in the Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs after finishing second in the Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa. She comes off a layoff for the Leave Me Alone.

Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Street Girl was victorious in the off-the-turf 1 1/16-mile Calder Oaks by a nose two starts ago. Pinnacle Racing Stable & William A. Kaplan’s stakes winner Putitinmypocket comes into the Leave Me Alone two races after taking her first career stakes victory in the Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes at Tampa.

Completing the field for the Leave Me Alone are Lotts Creek Farms LLC’s Holy Macho Mattie, Drake Smith & Richard Kingston George’s Pass Me a Bottle, David E. Garner’s Twice Told Tale, Joker Racing LLC’s Wholelotaroyalty, Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Wildcat Lily, Nicholas Becce & William A. Kaplan’s Bama Rose, and Amaty Racing Stables Inc.’s The Royal Boot. Get Away Farm Racing Stable’s Cappachino Gal and P. F. Quadrato’s Black Heir are on the also eligible list.

In the U Can Do It Handicap, Herman Van Den Broeck’s Angelica Zapata looks for her fifth-straight Calder stakes victory. Her most recent sprint race was back in 2011, when she won the 6 ½-furlong Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park. Angelica Zapata closed out her 2012 season at Calder with victories in the Sara’s Success Stakes, Emergency Nurse Stakes, Nancy’s Glitter Handicap, and Stage Door Betty Handicap.

Chasing Tail Stables LLC’s Starship Truffles was victorious in the Musical Romance Stakes at Calder by 1 ½-lengths in her most recent start, defeating the fellow U Can Do It entrants of Silverton Hill LLC’s Bahia Beach, who finished second, Isabelle’s Thunder, and Ron Hendrickson’s Latin Rocks. Starship Truffles has reached the winner’s circle three times and finished second once already this year.

Amaty Racing Stables Inc.’s Capitalism At Risk, Frank Carl Calabrese’s Saint Aggie, Miller Racing LLC’s Oh Carole, and Gillian S. Campbell and Clint Cornett’s Givhans Ferry, are also in the field.

Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Jackson Bend is back at Calder for the Ponche Handicap. The 6-year old came out of retirement this year with the Ponche being the first goal for the 2013 season. The multiple Grade 1 winner was named the Florida-bred champion sprinter back in 2011 and previously won five-straight races at Calder that included taking the entire Florida Stallion Stakes series in 2009. Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Grande Shores, who worked in company with Jackson Bend multiple times in preparation for the Ponche, is also entered in the Ponche.

Samuel H. Rogers, Jr.’s Close It Out looks to improve off of his third-place finish in last year’s Ponche. He comes into the Ponche off a win in the Champali Stakes at Calder, where he defeated fellow Ponche entrants, Bluestone Thoroughbreds LLC’s Black Diamond Cat, who finished second in the Champali, and Zena Gardner and Guillermo Visliquez’s On Appeal. Close It Out won the Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap at Calder last November, where Donald R. Dizney’s Bahamian Squall lost the Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap by just a neck. Bahamian Squall earned his first career stakes victory in the Sunshine State Stakes at Gulfstream Park in December.

Pegasus Holdings Group Stables LLC’s Trickmeister is a multiple stakes winner who has not run in sprint races since 2010 while making his second-career start. He last raced in September in the 1-mile Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park, where he finished third. Donald & Meryl Work’s Smoking the Field is also entered.

The Unbridled Stakes and the Leave Me Alone Stakes comprise the seventh and eighth races on the 12-race card with the approximate post time for the seventh race at 3:32 p.m. The U Can Do It Handicap and the Ponche Handicap comprise the tenth and eleventh races on the card. Post time for the first race at Calder is 12:50 p.m.

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