Thursday, July 26, 2012
Stallion Stakes Begin with Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 25, 2012) – Now in its 31st year of existence, the annual Florida Stallion Stakes, a six-race series for 2-year-olds with estimated total purses of $1 million, will commence at Calder Casino & Race Course Saturday with the $75,000 estimated Dr. Fager Division and the $75,000 estimated Desert Vixen Division, both run at six furlongs on the main track with the latter restricted to juvenile fillies.
Gilbert Campbell’s homebred colt Two T’s At Two B is the lone stakes winner among the Stallion Stakes entrants and is likely to go favored in the Dr. Fager off a 5 ¼-length win in the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes on June 30. Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, the son of Untuttable also prevailed in his career debut on May 19 when running off to win by 7 ¼ lengths.
On the same day Two T’s At Two B won the Frank Gomez Memorial, trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. was unveiling the BR Congress, LLC-owned first time starter Dixie High, a son of High Cotton that drew off to a convincing 3 ¾-length maiden-breaking win.
Off that impressive debut, Dixie High will look to upset Two T’s At Two B in the Dr. Fager for Plesa, an 11-time Stallion Stakes winner that is currently tied for second among trainers in the all-time series standings.
Dixie High will be ridden from post three by jockey Manoel Cruz, a 12-time Stallion Stakes winner.
Completing the field for the Dr. Fager is Brenda Tabraue, Juan Landeata, and Andrea's Farm's Billos Boy, third in the Frank Gomez; Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Wardroom, a debuting son of Milwaukee Brew; Rose Family Stable’s Joshua’s Comprise, the Frank Gomez runner-up; and Hurricane Stables, LLC’s Cat Five Hurricane, a recent 4 ¼-length maiden winner.
While Two T’s At Two B looks a logical choice in the Dr. Fager, finding a standout in the seven-horse Desert Vixen field appears to be a more challenging task.
Ione and Herbert Elkins’ Putyourdreamsaway was a 5 ¼-length winner in her July 15 career debut, and that effort may prove impressive enough for the daughter of Put It Back to go favored in the Desert Vixen.
Trained by Bill Kaplan, a five-time Stallion Stakes winner, Putyourdreamsaway drew the rail for Saturday’s race and will be ridden by Juan Leyva.
Rose Family Stable’s Anita’s comprise is the only filly in the Desert Vixen with stakes experience, exiting a third-place finish in the $100,000 J J’s Dream Stakes on June 30. Prior to that performance, the daughter of Comprise was an impressive 4 ¾-length maiden winner on May 5.
Starting from post four for trainer Barry Rose, Anita’s Comprise will be ridden by Jonathan Gonzales.
Completing the field for the Desert Vixen is Cairoli Racing’s Capriccio Blue, a $32,000 maiden-claiming winner in her last start; Gilbert Campbell’s Be My Love, third in her lone appearance; Our Sugar Bear Stable’s So Blessed, third in her June 16 debut; Brenda Tabraue and Juan Landeata’s Talent N Passion, a first time starter; and Elsaida and Easton DeSouza’s Candy Coded Kisses, a $50,000 maiden-claiming winner against male rivals last time out.
In addition to the two Stallion Stakes, Saturday’s 12-race program from Calder will also feature the $55,000 Ms Brookski, a one-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares that drew an overflow field of 12, with four also-eligibles, that includes the top four finishers from the $100,000 Hollywood Wildcat in Gary Aiken’s Callmethesqueeze, World Thoroughbred Racing, Inc. and Chad Stewart’s Brinca, Peter Fuller’s Trip for A. J., and Cairoli Racing’s Catch that Kitten.
First race post time at Calder is 12:55 p.m. The stakes portion of the 12-race card will begin with the Dr. Fager, scheduled as the ninth race at approximately 4:35 p.m. The Desert Vixen will follow at 5:04 p.m., with the Ms Brookski slated for a 5:31 p.m. start.
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