Sunday, September 02, 2012


Rescheduled Connie Ann Attracts Full Field; Seven from Wolfson Barn


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 1, 2012) – Thoroughbred Futures Racing’s Nakano, the third-place finisher in this year’s Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap, leads a Marty Wolfson-trained brigade of seven fillies and mares that made the overnight for the $55,000 Connie Ann Stakes, a five-furlong turf dash originally scheduled for Sunday, August 26, but canceled that day due to Tropical Storm Isaac and repositioned as the featured event on Monday’s special Labor Day program at Calder Casino & Race Course.

A daughter of First Samurai, Nakano was a winner in her first Calder appearance in late May and has since returned to contest three stakes, adding a second-place performance in the Cool Air Stakes and a third in the Barbs Dancer to her 3 ¼-length defeat in the Princess Rooney.


Nakano, who was twice entered to run on turf but has yet to compete over the surface, has drawn post 12 for the Connie Ann and is scheduled to be ridden by Carlos Olivero.

Silverton Hill LLC’s Indulgence, another soldier in the Wolfson army, is a two-time turf sprint winner, including an allowance victory over the Calder grass course in April 2011. The daughter of Macho Uno last visited the winner’s circle following a Keeneland grassy-dash triumph in October of last year and will enter the Connie Ann looking to halt a nine-race losing streak that includes several near-misses in stakes events.

Indulgence, the second-place finisher in the Barbs Dancer in her last race, will start from post three in the Connie Ann with Luis Saez slated to ride.

Wolfson is also represented in the body of the Connie Ann by Blue Heaven Farm, LLC’s Leopard Rock, eighth in the Princess Rooney; Miller Racing, LLC’s Nasty Rumor, last seen finishing fifth in the 2011 running of the Grade 2 Indiana Oaks; and the Estate of Chuck Miller Thoroughbreds’ Timezone, second in the Ms Brookski Stakes in her last start.

The Miller Racing, LLC-owned pair of Bringingdown Babel and Golden Mystery are listed as also-eligible list for the race.

Leading the list of fillies and mares looking to thwart the prospects of Wolfson dominance in the Connie Ann is Teresa and David Palmer’s Wild Bout Tiffany. Trained by Bill Kaplan, the daughter of Wildcat Heir won the $75,000 U Can Do It Handicap on the Calder main track in early June and is a two-time turf sprint winner, having prevailed in a 2011 allowance at Monmouth Park and a $25,000 claiming heat at Gulfstream Park earlier this year.

Wild Bout Tiffany drew post 10 for the Connie Ann and will enjoy the riding services of Juan Leyva.

Other notable entrants in the Connie Ann include Ups & Downs Racing’s Becausei’mworthit, winner of the $55,000 Cool Air Stakes in mid-June; Mary Adkins and Robert Smith’s Freewest, beaten less than five lengths when fifth against male rivals in the $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint; and Rohan Crichton’s Aiden’s Lil Devil, a winner of four straight races by a combined 22 lengths.

J D Farms’ Many Crowns, The Big Stable, Inc.’s Susies Gal, and Donald R. Dizney’s Omi’s Vindication complete the field for the Connie Ann.

First race post time at Calder on Monday is 12:30 p.m. The Connie Ann is scheduled as the eighth race on a nine-race card with an approximate post time of 3:51 p.m.


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