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Friday, May 07, 2010


Calder Barn Notes: 5-7-10


Boleyn Back to Dirt for Sunday Feature at Calder

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 7, 2010) – Peachtree Stable’s 4-year-old filly Boleyn, Graded stakes-placed in New York as a 2-year-old, was a beaten favorite last out trying turf for the first time at Gulfstream Park on Apr. 9, but turns back in distance and to the main track as the likely short-priced favorite in Sunday’s ‘a other than’ optional/allowance feature at Calder Casino & Race Course.

Leading rider Luis Saez gets the call on Boleyn from trainer Marty Wolfson in the seven-furlong test facing six rival fillies and mares after tiring to eighth last out going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Gulfstream. The chestnut daughter of Proud Citizen was making her second start following nearly a year on the sidelines.


A $115,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase, Boleyn finished second in the Blue Hen Stakes at Delaware Park and Demoiselle Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct as a 2-year-old for trainer Todd Pletcher and finished sixth as a longshot in the Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland early last year. In her first start for Wolfson at Gulfstream she finished an even third behind Graded-stakes filly Casanova Move going one mile on dirt.

Completing the field for Sunday’s feature are Third Street Partners and Terry Oliver’s Logan Square, Luis Jurado; Willis Family Stable’s Dandys Essence, Manoel Cruz; Pedro Maestre’s Sweet Chantal, A.A. Gallardo; Donald Dizney’s Schlossgarten Park, Paco Lopez; Charles Balmer’s Knockinelder, Carlos Olivero; and Charles Fontana’s She’s Got Bling, Ramon Parish.

Two-Furlong Juvenile Dash Saturday

A pair of $55,000 overnight stakes will highlight Saturday’s 12-race program at Calder and a two-furlong juvenile dash earlier on the card will feature a field of nine colts and geldings entered for a $40,000 claiming tag, including a pair trained by Wesley Ward, who sent out several sharp 2-year-old winners at the Keeneland spring meet.

Ward sent out fillies Final Mesa and Nina Fever to capture their career debuts by 7 ½ and eight lengths, respectively, at Keeneland after they each got most of their early preparation and workouts over the Calder track before shipping to Kentucky.

In Saturday’s race here, Ward’s first time starters are Sketchy Music, a gelding, and Minnie Miss, a filly, both by China Grind that he owns and bred in Florida. China Grind is an 11-year-old son of Grindstone that won his first two of four career starts for Ward and his late friend and client Roger King.

Calder’s signature 2-year-old program got underway last Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, with a pair of maiden special events, one each for colts and fillies at 4 ½ furlongs and a purse of $39,000 apiece.

Trainer Larry Pilotti sent out Frank Marano’s Florida homebred colt Determinato to win the first race by 8 ½ lengths with Jacks or Better Farm’s Grande Shores, a half-brother to Jackson Bend, second for trainer Stanley Gold. Determinato is by Closing Argument out of Twilight Mirage, a winner of $160,000 for Marano and Pilotti. The owner-trainer team is best-known for the career of top-class sprint mare U Can Do It.

The fifth race for fillies last Saturday was won by Jacks or Betters’ homebred Awesome Feather, who scored by 5 ¾ lengths for trainer Stanley Gold. The daughter of Jacks or Better home stallion Awesome of Course is out of the stable’s multiple stakes-winner and Graded stakes-placed filly Precious Feather, by Gone West.


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