Saturday, May 26, 2012


Romacaca Ships North for Grade 3 Violet Stakes


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 25, 2012) – Frank C. Calabrese’s graded-stakes winning mare Romacaca, winner of a top-shelf turf allowance at Calder Casino & Race Course on April 20 and morning-line favorite for last week’s $55,000 Sara’s Success before a move to the main track caused the Luis Ramirez trainee to scratch, will make her next start in Monday’s Grade 3 Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park.

“Once the race here came off the grass, we had to come up with a new plan,” Ramirez said. “We didn’t plan to run (in the Violet) so we didn’t nominate, and we’ll have to pay the supplemental fee.”


Romacaca is unbeaten in two starts over the Monmouth Park turf course, having won the Grade 3 Matchmaker Stakes and the $78,000 Miss Liberty Stakes over the New Jersey lawn last July.

The daughter of Running Stag last worked on May 13 at Calder where she breezed a half-mile in :50.40 in what was merely a maintenance move.

“She’s doing well,” Ramirez said. “We thought she’d run well here last week, and think the same for Monday’s race.”


$5,000 BONUS AWAITS STARTER SERIES WINNER

The fourth and final leg of the Calder Starter Series concludes Saturday, and a $5,000 bonus awaits the trainer of the horse that accumulates the most points in the series.

Nineinthenine, trained by Humberto Toledo, enters the final leg atop the Starter Series leader board with seven points earned thus far, one more than his nearest pursuers. As such, the gelding controls his own fate heading into Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile turf test and will win the series if able to find the wire first.

With that said, a host of pursuers await a slip up from Nineinthenine, including third-leg winner Fair Whit, who enters Saturday’s race with six points and can guarantee his trainer Bisnath Parboo at least a share of the bonus money with a victory.

Other horses still vying for Starter Series glory include the Henry Collazo-trained Power Rules, who received five points when second to Fair Whit in leg three and has hit the board in two of his three Calder turf tries; Bingo Bango Bongo, a Joe Catanese trainee with four points following his third-place finish in leg two; and Luis Duco’s Barra d’Oro, who also enters Saturday’s race with four points after a third-place third-leg performance.

Even three-point earner Nathan Ridge, trained by Dave Fawkes and entered to run ‘main track only’ on Saturday, can wear the Starter Series crown if things fell correctly in place for the 7-year-old gelding.


CALDER OAKS WINNER WORKS

Calder Oaks heroine Frolic’s Revenge was back on the Calder main track Friday morning when breezing one mile over a wet-fast track in 1:43.40.

The Milt Wolfson-trained daughter of Vindication has won stakes on both turf and dirt, and a start in the $55,000 Regal Gal, run on the main track at one mile on Saturday, June 2, could be the next landing spot for the 3-year-old filly.

Nominations for the Regal Gal close Saturday.


SUMMIT PREVIEW DAY NOMINATIONS CLOSE SATURDAY

Also closing on Saturday is the quartet of six-furlong Summit Preview Day stakes, the $75,000 U Can Do It Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, the $75,000 Ponche Handicap for 3-year-olds and up, the $75,000 Unbridled Stakes for 3-year-olds, and the $75,000 Leave Me Alone Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Each Summit Preview Day stake will serve as the local prep for Calder’s showcase event, the Summit of Speed on July 7, which features the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap, the Grade 2 Smile Sprint, the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes, and the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes.




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