Friday, June 25 2010
Freshman Stallion Congrats Leads Calder’s 29th Florida Stallion Stakes Nominations by Numbers
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 25, 2010) – A.P. Indy’s Grade 2-winning son Congrats is obviously a popular freshman stallion standing in Florida and the most prolific of 90 stallions eligible for the 29th edition of Calder’s unique $1.15 million Florida Stallion Stakes (“FSS”) series with 37 of his offspring listed.
A total of 634 2-year-olds are eligible for this summer’s series of six races after their connections completed a series of sustaining payments as weanlings, yearlings and two more earlier this year as juveniles. All eligible stallions stood in Florida for the 2007 season.
Calder Barn Notes: 6-24-10
First Passage & Coffee Boy Breeze for Summit Engagements
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 24, 2010) – Andrew Rosen’s 4-year-old filly First Passage and Gary Barber’s 3-year-old colt Coffee Boy each breezed a half-mile in 49 3/5 Thursday morning at Calder Casino & Race Course for trainer Marty Wolfson as they are kept on edge for their next starts in rich Graded stakes events to be run on the track’s $1.35 million Summit of Speed day program on Sat., July 10.
First Passage will be the leading local hope for the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (G1) after rallying to a half-length victory in the $65,000 U Can Do It Handicap over the track and six-furlong distance on Summit PREVIEW day, June 12, apparently back in form after two starts earlier this season at Gulfstream well below her best.
Thursday, June 24 2010
Calder Casino & Race Course to Host Three Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races as Part of 2010 Schedule
NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 24, 2010)-- The Breeders' Cup Challenge, a series of automatic qualifying races for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, will increase expansion this year with a record 65 races taking place in seven countries at the world’s greatest racing venues, it was announced today. Calder Casino & Race Course will host three races during the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Season beginning on July 10 with the Princess Rooney Handicap. (Click on link for complete schedule http://www.breederscup.com/challenge.aspx
The expanded Challenge series, with its “Win and You’re In” provision, will include 14 overseas races from premier racetracks in England, Ireland, France, Australia and Hong Kong. The 2010 Breeders' Cup Challenge races will begin in the U.S. on June 26 at Arlington Park with the Arlington Sprint Handicap, an automatic qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. The Arlington Sprint will be followed on July 3 by two qualifying races from Monmouth Park: the United Nations (gr. I) on turf, and the Salvator Mile (gr. III).
Monday, June 14 2010
Calder barn notes 6/13/10
Big Drama Leads Five Wins Saturday for Saez at Calder
MIAMI GARDENS Fla. (June 13, 2010) - The promising career of 18-year-old Panamanian apprentice jockey Luis Saez continues to move to a higher level this meet at Calder Casino & Race Course with another big day Saturday as he rode five winners, including Harold Queen’s 4-year-old homebred colt Big Drama for the first time, teaming up to score by 3 ¾ lengths in the $63,050 Ponche Handicap for trainer David Fawkes.
The five victories extended Saez’ lead in the standings to six over 40-year-old veteran Manoel Cruz, defending Calder meet champion, at 47-41. Cruz also rode the winner of one of the four stakes contested on Saturday’s Summit of Speed PREVIEW program as he guided Terra Di Sienna Stable’s 3-year-old homebred filly Pico Slew to win the $82,900 Leave Me Alone Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths.
Sunday, June 13 2010
Big Drama is Back! Colt Wins SEason Debut, Ponche Handicap
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 12, 2010) – Harold Queen’s homebred 4-year-old colt Big Drama made his eagerly-awaited 2010 season debut a successful one when winning the Ponche Handicap at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday for trainer David Fawkes. It was his first start since last August in the King’s Bishop (G1) at Saratoga.
Ridden by leading jockey Luis Saez, who at the end of the day won five races on the card, Big Drama returned to his home track to win the Ponche by 3 ¾ lengths over Sincero, covering the six furlongs in 1:10.74. Rusty Charlie finished third.
Coffee Boy Passes Dream of Atlantis to Win Unbridled Stakes
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 12, 2010) – Gary Barber’s 3-year-old colt Coffee Boy edged by the pacesetting Dream of Atlantis to win the Unbridled Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday under jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan for trainer Marty Wolfson. Peace At Dawn finished third.
Wolfson and Bridgmohan teamed to win the Unbridled Stakes last year with You Luckie Mann. Wolfson also sent out the 2008 winner of the Unbridled, Golden Spikes.
First Passage Wins U Can Do It Handicap
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 12, 2010) – Andrew Rosen’s 4-year-old filly First Passage won the six-furlong U Can Do It Handicap at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday with jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan aboard for trainer Marty Wolfson. The jockey and trainer teamed up one race earlier with Coffee Boy to win the Unbridled Stakes.
First Passage covered the distance in 1:11.21 and paid $5.20, $3.80 and $2.80. Saratoga Tango, also trained by Wolfson, finished a half-length back in second. The pacesetting Don’ttalktome was another three-quarters of a length back in third in a close finish.
Calder CASINO & RACE COURSE Announces 10% Purse Increase
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 12, 2010) – Calder Casino & Race Course, its parent company, Churchill Downs Incorporated, and the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (FHBPA) are pleased to announce a 10 percent purse increase effective with next Thursday’s card.
Calder has not been immune to declines in pari-mutuel wagering occurring across the country; however, this increase is made possible by alternative gaming purse supplements and the Florida gaming tax reduction going into effect on July 1.
Pica Slew Wins Leave Me alone Impressively
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 12, 2010) – Terra Di Sienna Stables’ 3-year-old filly Pica Slew was an easy winner of the Leave Me Alone Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, leading the field from start to finish to win by 1 ¾ lengths over Hot Hot Mama. Yournotthebossofme was 3 ¼ lengths back in third place.
Trained by Joe Calascibetta and ridden by Manoel Cruz, Pica Slew covered the six furlongs in stakes record time of 1:10.96. It was the filly’s second consecutive victory, her first an impressive 10-length maiden win at Calder on May 7. At the mutuel windows today, Pica Slew returned $3.80, $3.20 and $2.10.
Calder Barn Notes: 6-12-10
Remarkable Lord Robyn Comes Home to Calder a Winner for Fawkes
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 12, 2010) – Alex Lieblong’s 8-year-old gelding Lord Robyn was a game nose winner of Friday’s 10th race optional/claiming feature at Calder Casino & Race Course for trainer David Fawkes, five-and-a-half years after scoring a 4 ½ lengths victory in the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby (G3) as a 3-year-old on New Year’s Day of 2005 for the trainer.
A roan/gray Florida-bred by Robyn Dancer, Lord Robyn was returning to Calder and the Fawkes barn after spending most of the last two years in other stables and racing at tracks coast-to-coast since being claimed by trainer Rick Dutrow at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 28, 2008 for $75,000 and claimed again by Mike Maker for Ken and Sarah Ramsey later that season.
Portillo Taken to Memorial Hospital after Paddock Accident
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 12, 2010) – Jockey Douglas Portillo was taken to Memorial Hospital in Hollywood after getting kicked by his mount prior to the third race at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday. His horse, Sucker Plucker, kicked Portillo in the right thigh before getting a “leg up” in the walking ring.
Portillo’s agent, Ed Fyffe, described it as “a freak accident” and said that the first X-rays show that bones have been shattered in three places below the hip. He added that Portillo is alert and conscious, but understandably, in a lot of pain.
Friday, June 11 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 6-11-10
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 11, 2010) – Owner-trainer Steve Dwoskin’s 5-year-old gelding Mean Sax put his rivals to sleep while he led wire-to-wire after posting moderate fractions last out in the $55,000 Mecke overnight stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on May 22, and will bid to repeat that good performance Sunday in the $55,000 Blazing Sword overnight in a field of 11 that includes five coming back from the Mecke.
Jockey Jeffrey Sanchez gets a return call on Mean Sax in the Blazing Sword at one mile on turf, a sixteenth shorter than the Mecke when they got away on the lead with a half-mile in 49 3/5 and three-quarters in 1:13 over the ‘firm’ course. A son of Smooth Jazz, Mean Sax is highly-consistent, particularly over the Calder turf course with a 9-3-3-2 record.