Friday, May 21 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 5-21-10
How’s You Halo on Target for Ponche & Smile
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 21, 2010) – Owner-trainer Brian Prichard’s 7-year-old How’s Your Halo won the Ponche Handicap by four lengths last year and finished a game fourth in the $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) on Summit of Speed day, July 11 at Calder Casino & Race Course, and is working on a schedule to run in both races again this season.
“He ran all right in the Smile, but wasn’t 100 per cent that day,” said Prichard Friday morning. “I thought if he ran back to his race in the Ponche he might have won, but he had some issues coming on that caused us to stop on him after that. He’s come back very well.”
Thursday, May 20 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 5-20-10
Fearless Eagle & Jet Propulsion Entered in Mecke Saturday
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 20, 2010) – Isaac Muhtar’s 6-year-old Fearless Eagle and Farnsworth Stables’ 7-year-old Jet Propulsion are veteran turf stakes performers over several campaigns at Calder Casino & Race Course, and are prominent among 12 older horses entered in Saturday’s $55,000 Mecke overnight stakes scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on turf.
Jockey Edgar Perez is named to ride Fearless Eagle for trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. as he comes into the race after a very good try finishing fifth in the $100,000 Miami Turf Mile Handicap (G3) here last out on opening day, Apr. 25 when beaten only two lengths for it all by highly-accomplished Graded stakes performer Mambo Meister.
Monday, May 17 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 5-16-10
Trip to Texas an Option for Bim Bam
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 16, 2010) – J D Farm’s 3-year-old Florida homebred colt Bim Bam worked a ‘bullet’ half-mile in 48 2/5 Saturday morning at Calder Casino & Race Course, fastest of 75 horses timed at the distance on a busy work tab, and trainer David Brownlee is weighing options for his next start.
“I really was looking for an easy maintenance work,” said Brownlee Sunday morning. “But another horse broke off at about the same time and that was it. That’s him (competitive). He came out of it fine. We’re considering the stakes for 3-year-olds on turf at Lone Star on Memorial Day ($100,000 USA Breeders’ Cup on May 31), but we’ll watch the weather pretty close before deciding to make the trip.”
Saturday, May 15 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 5-15-10
Four Scores on Friday Brings Cruz into Tie with Saez at Calder
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 15, 2010) – Veteran jockey Manoel Cruz rode four winners on Friday’s 10-race program at Calder Casino & Race Course while apprentice Luis Saez made one trip to the winners’ circle sending the two into Saturday’s card tied for the lead in the standings with 17 victories apiece in the early weeks of the Calder Meet.
Coincidentally, both riders will celebrate birthdays later this week – Cruz turning 40 on Thursday (May 20) and Saez 18 on Wednesday (May 19). Cruz, a native of Brazil, has won Calder Meet championships three times previously 2003, 2006 and last year, and three Tropical Meet titles as well (2005, 2007-08). Panamanian-born Saez is bidding for his first U.S. meet title.
Friday, May 14 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 5-14-10
Wolfson Stable Stars Bound for Spring Stakes Engagements
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 14, 2010) – Trainer Marty Wolfson has won two of the three overnight stakes run early in the Calder Casino & Race Course meet and finished second in the other following a strong showing this winter at Gulfstream Park, and will now be shipping several to tracks in the northeast in the weeks ahead for their next suitable opportunities.
“I’ve got six to run over a couple of weeks at Monmouth Park and Belmont Park,” said Wolfson Friday morning. “You and I Forever will have to run against Quality Road again in the Met Mile, but with him in there it should keep the field smaller. (Javier) Castellano is looking forward to riding him again.”
Thursday, May 13 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 5-13-10
Paizano the Horse to Beat in Saturday Feature at Calder
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 13, 2010) – GZS Stable LLC’s Paizano will likely be sent off an odds-on favorite over five rival 3-year-olds in Saturday’s ‘a other than’ allowance feature Saturday at Calder Casino & Race Course, a highlight of the 12-race ‘live’ card with plenty of attention directed to the simulcast of the 135th Preakness Stakes (G1) and other stakes to be run at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
Leading jockey Luis Saez will be aboard Paizano for the first time in the seven-furlong Calder feature for trainer Bill White in his first start since romping home a 5 ½ lengths winner of the $50,000 Shake You Down starter/allowance stakes at Gulfstream Park on Apr. 24 as the favorite going the same distance with Bernie the Maestro second.
Monday, May 10 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 5-9-10
Moreno ‘Another’ Apprentice Off to Good Start at Calder
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 9, 2010) – Apprentice jockey Luis Saez won two more races on Saturday’s program at Calder Casino & Race Course to extend his early lead in the standings over veteran Manoel Cruz to three (14-11) after eight days of the session, but Saez is not the only apprentice on the riders’ leader board.
Seven-pound apprentice Angel Moreno won the 10th race Saturday aboard favorite Rusty Charlie for trainer Francisco Machado, Jr., Moreno’s fourth victory with three seconds from 23 mounts to rank sixth in the standings in the early going. A 4-year-old son of Pure Precision, Rusty Charlie was winning his third straight after two wins at Gulfstream Park with Moreno aboard each time, the first as a 10-pound apprentice.
Saturday, May 08 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 5-8-10
O’Connell Stable Gearing up for Busy Summer Campaign
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 8, 2010) – Veteran trainer Kathleen O’Connell closed out the 2009 season and the first two days of 2010 winning the Tropical Meet title with 17 wins, highlighted by the 23-to-1 upset victory of Gilbert Campbell’s homebred 3-year-old gelding Fly by Phil in the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby (G3) on New Year’s Day.
The title was O’Connell’s first at Calder, although a regular in the top 10 more often than not over the last 15 years, and the stable’s momentum kept going into the winter/spring season at Tampa Bay Downs where she finished in a tie atop the leader board for that long meet with Jamie Ness at 51 victories each. O’Connell previously won the Tampa Bay championship for the 1998/99 season and has been a contender most years since then.
Friday, May 07 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 5-7-10
Boleyn Back to Dirt for Sunday Feature at Calder
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 7, 2010) – Peachtree Stable’s 4-year-old filly Boleyn, Graded stakes-placed in New York as a 2-year-old, was a beaten favorite last out trying turf for the first time at Gulfstream Park on Apr. 9, but turns back in distance and to the main track as the likely short-priced favorite in Sunday’s ‘a other than’ optional/allowance feature at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Leading rider Luis Saez gets the call on Boleyn from trainer Marty Wolfson in the seven-furlong test facing six rival fillies and mares after tiring to eighth last out going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Gulfstream. The chestnut daughter of Proud Citizen was making her second start following nearly a year on the sidelines.
Thursday, May 06 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 5-06-10
Overnight Stakes Doubleheader Saturday at Calder
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 6, 2010) – Renewals of the $55,000 Hollywood Wildcat and $55,000 Ride the Trails overnight stakes highlight the 12-race Saturday card at Calder Casino & Race Course, and trainer Marty Wolfson’s powerful stable appears likely to have the favorites for both tests.
Wolfson sent out Motovato and Causeway Kin for a one-two finish in the $55,000 Sumter overnight last Saturday and has a formidable pair for the Hollywood Wildcat for fillies and mares going 7 ½ furlongs on turf with Farnsworth Stables’ 5-year-old Cherokee Queen and Ben McElroy and Edward Easton’s 4-year-old filly Omega Cat. Wolfson will be represented by Gary Barber’s Coffee Boy in the Ride the Rails for 3-year-olds at one mile and 70 yards.
Sunday, May 02 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 5-2-10
Glotona Turns Back for Thursday Allowance Feature
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 2, 2010) – Shirley Duco’s 5-year-old mare Glotona gets a slight class break and turns back in distance from a one-turn mile to seven furlongs as the horse to beat in a field of seven fillies and mares drawn for Thursday’s $31,000 optional/allowance feature at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Jockey Manoel Cruz gets the call on Glotona for trainer Luis Duco, who also sends out his wife Shirley’s 5-year-old mare Exclusive Woman as an uncoupled entry in the race with jockey Josue Arce aboard.
LEADERS RECOGNIZED AT CLOSING OF 2009-2010 MEET
OLDSMAR, Fla. (May 2, 2010) Tampa Bay Downs ended its 84th live racing season today with Kathleen O’Connell, Jamie Ness, Daniel Centeno, Kristina McManigell, Midwest Thoroughbreds and Party of Eight taking top honors for the meet.
Trainers Kathleen O’Connell and Jamie Ness shared the Trainer’s title for the 2009-2010 Tampa Bay Downs season with 51 wins apiece. This is only the third time in recent recorded history that two triners have shared the season’s title at Tampa Bay Downs.