Sunday, May 02, 2010

Calder Barn Notes: 5-2-10

Glotona Turns Back for Thursday Allowance Feature

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 2, 2010) – Shirley Duco’s 5-year-old mare Glotona gets a slight class break and turns back in distance from a one-turn mile to seven furlongs as the horse to beat in a field of seven fillies and mares drawn for Thursday’s $31,000 optional/allowance feature at Calder Casino & Race Course.

Jockey Manoel Cruz gets the call on Glotona for trainer Luis Duco, who also sends out his wife Shirley’s 5-year-old mare Exclusive Woman as an uncoupled entry in the race with jockey Josue Arce aboard.

Glotona is a Florida-bred chestnut daughter of Tour d’Or and finished third last out in the $75,000 Ocala Stakes going one mile at Gulfstream Park on Mar. 13, a race won by top-class middle distance mare Jessica Is Back. In her previous start, Glotona finished a game second in a tough one-mile allowance behind Qualia with highly-regarded Persistently third.

Trainer Marty Wolfson also sends out a pair of contenders in Thursday’s field with apprentice Luis Saez to ride Denholtz Stable’s 5-year-old mare Indy’s Alexandra and Timothy O’Toole’s 6-year-old mare Saratoga Tango with Jermaine Bridgmohan named to ride, both coming off performances well short of their best last out at Gulfstream.

Indy’s Alexandra may relish racing back over her home track where she has won three of four starts, although it has been a while. The daughter of Flatter won the first three starts of her career here as a 2-year-old in 2007, including the $100,000 Three Ring Stakes, but has been sidelined for lengthy periods twice since then.

Indy’s Alexandra finished fourth last out in an overnight stakes at Gulfstream on Apr. 2 in her second start there after returning from a 13-month layoff. Saratoga Tango is a daughter of Successful Appeal with three wins from nine starts over the Calder track and drops down in company after finishing sixth of nine last out in the Inside Information Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream on Mar. 14.

The in-form horse in the field Thursday is Wayne Dacosta and trainer Jose Pinchin’s 4-year-old filly Golden Mystery with Elvis Trujillo in the saddle. The daughter of Awesome Again was a sharp six-length winner of a ‘two other than’ allowance going six furlongs at Gulfstream last out on Apr. 22.

Completing the field are Hi-Tide Farm’s Silk Ridge, Bernardo Monticelli and Richlyn Farm’s Manitoba Miss, Paco Lopez.

Big Drama Breezing for Return

Harold Queen’s 4-year-old Florida homebred colt Big Drama breezed three furlongs in 36 3/5 Sunday morning at Calder for trainer David Fawkes, his second recorded workout since finishing a disappointing sixth in the Kings Bishop Stakes (G1) last summer at Saratoga on Aug. 29.

A son of Montbrook, Big Drama was the leading 2-year-old colt developed at Calder in 2008 when he swept the three ‘open’ divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes and then shipped to Louisiana to capture the rich Delta Jackpot (G3) at Delta Downs to complete his juvenile season.

Big Drama appeared likely to be a major player in the 3-year-old division last year finishing first in the Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream in track record time for seven furlongs, although disqualified to second. He went on to finish fifth in the Preakness (G1) behind Rachel Alexandra, won a sprint stakes at Charles Town and lost a tough neck decision in the West Virginia Derby (G2) at Mountaineer before the Kings Bishop.

Fawkes also had 4-year-old stakes star Duke of Mischief on the Sunday morning tab as he drilled a half-mile in a ‘bullet’ 48 1/5 ahead of his next start expected to come in the $300,000 Lone Star Handicap (G3) in Texas on May 31. The son of Graeme Hall won the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) by 2 ½ lengths last out on Apr. 3.

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