Thursday, June 28, 2012


FIRST JUVENILE STAKES OF THE MEET SATURDAY


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 27, 2012) – Calder Casino & Race Course will offer its first 2-year-old stakes of the season on Saturday as the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes and the $100,000 J J’s Dream Stakes, both run at 5 ½ furlongs with the latter restricted to fillies, share the south Florida spotlight. Both races attracted a field of nine.

Owner Gilbert Campbell will start a pair of promising homebred juveniles in the Frank Gomez Memorial with both Dan the Irishman and Two T’s At Two B scheduled to carry his colors to battle for trainer Kathleen O’Connell.


Dan the Irishman broke his maiden rather impressively on May 5 when drawing off to win by 5 ¼ lengths. Just two weeks later, on May 19, the team of Campbell and O’Connell unleashed first-timer Two T’s At Two B, an eye-catching maiden winner that met little resistance en route to a 7 ¼-length triumph.

Jockey Eduardo Nunez, aboard both Dan the Irishman and Two T’s At Two B in their debut wins, will pilot Two T’s At Two B from post seven, while jockey Antonio Gallardo picks up the mount on Dan the Irishman, who has drawn post five.

The main threat to the Campbell-owned twosome could come from Rosa Taveras’ Sr. Quisqueyano, a good-looking 2 ¾-length winner at Calder back on April 22. Trained by Luis Olivares, the son of Exclusive Quality will start from post four in the Frank Gomez Memorial and is to be ridden by Jozbin Santana.

Completing the field for the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes is Laurie Plesa’s My Daddy’s Dollars, Brenda Tabraue, Juan Landaeta, and Andrea’s Farm’s Billos Boy, Dick Wilson and Fawkes Racing, Inc.’s Capital City, Frank C. Calabrese’s Plenty of Popp, Ricardo Romo’s El Cowboy, and Rose Family Stable’s Joshua’s Comprise.

While Olivares may have to settle for second billing in the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes, the longtime locally-based conditioner is likely to have the race favorite for the J J’s Dream in Luis Hereu’s Impossible Mary.

The daughter of Montbrook made her career debut at Calder on June 10, and her performance that day may have been the top effort from a juvenile filly at the meet as she was never challenged at any point in the race while drawing clear of her rivals to win by 9 ¾ lengths.

Impossible Mary will start from post seven in the J J’s Dream with Carlos Olivero scheduled to ride.

If Impossible Mary is indeed the most impressive 2-year-old filly to have run at the meet thus far, sitting a close second would be Amy Gleaves, Bruce Hollander, and Cary Shapoff’s I Ain’t Gonna Lie. Bred and trained by Phil Gleaves, the daughter of Monarchos was a front-running four-length winner in her career debut on May 19.

Completing the field for the J J’s Dream Stakes is Stride Rite Racing Stable, Inc. and N.T.S Stable’s Pompous Miss, Farnsworth Stables, LLC’s Jewel in the Sky, Raul Reyes’ Martha’s Moon, Rose Family Stable’s Anita’s Comprise, Jose Pinchin’s Sainted Dancer, and Trilogy Stables’ Yes Im Sweet.

The Saturday program from Calder will also feature the $55,000 American Dreamer Stakes for 3-year-olds, run over one mile on the main track. The race features $55,000 Mambo Meister Stakes winner Empire Builder, that race’s adjudged runner-up Musical Flair, and recent Belmont Stakes ninth-place finisher Ravelo’s Boy.

First race post time at Calder on Saturday is 12:55 p.m. The J J’s Dream is scheduled as the 10th race on the card with an approximate post time of 4:59, with the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes to go as race 11 at 5:26. The American Dream runs as race seven with a scheduled post time of 3:34.


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