Sunday, January 03 2010
Calder Concludes 2009/10 Tropical Meet
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2010) – Calder Casino & Race Course concluded its 47-day Tropical Meet on Saturday, Jan. 2, but year-round simulcasting and live poker action at Studz Poker Club continue seven days and nights each week. Meanwhile, anticipation for the brand new Calder Casino, featuring over 1,200 slot machines and three new restaurants, continues to build as the facility aims for a late January opening.
The 2009/10 Tropical Meet again showcased the Florida Thoroughbred breeding industry with its renewal of the Florida Million on Nov. 14. The event, first held in 2002, features eight stakes races worth $1.2 million for registered Florida-breds and is held in conjunction with the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association.
Friday, January 01 2010
Calder Barn Notes: 01-01-10
Tropical Trainers Title Chase Down to Wire
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2010) – Trainer Kathleen O’Connell goes into the final two days of Calder’s Tropical Meet with 16 wins and a narrow lead of one over closest rival Steve Dwoskin second with 15 and Bill White and Marty Wolfson tied for third only two back with 14 tallies apiece.
O’Connell has ranked in the top 10 on the trainers’ leader board as often as not for Calder and Tropical meets for more than a decade, but never has won a championship here. O’Connell holds a strong hand for the last two programs with runners entered in four races Friday and three on Saturday’s closing day card.
Calder Stakes Recap: $100,000 Tropical Park Derby (G3)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Jan. 1, 2010) – Gilbert Campbell’s Florida homebred Fly by Phil got past the pacesetting favorite Lost Aptitude in the final strides to win the 35th running of the Tropical Park Derby (G3) at Calder Casino & Race Course on Friday. The Tropical Park Derby is the first “derby” of the New Year in the country. Eduardo Nunez was the winning jockey for trainer Kathleen O’Connell.
Afternoon rains prior to the Tropical Park Derby created a ‘yielding’ turf course for the event, but it didn’t seem to make a difference for Fly by Phil, who was making his turf course debut. After stalking the pace in the early going of the 1 1/8 miles race, Fly by Phil rallied down the homestretch to catch Lost Aptitude in the very end to win by a head. Cat Park finished third.
Monday, December 28 2009
ALVARADO HAS SUNDAY DOUBLE; SPECIAL MONDAY RACING AT GGF
ALBANY -- Jockey Frank Alvarado delivered for the "chalk players" Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he guided the favorite to victory in back-to-back races.
Alvarado won the sixth race with Isabelqa ($5.80), the 9-to-5 choice in a field of six 3-year-old fillies. Trained by Jeff Bonde, Isabelqa took the one-mile event by three lengths over Come On Mama.
Sunday, December 27 2009
Sweet Repent Noses Out Amazing to Win Stage Door Betty (G3)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 26, 2009) – Buongiorno A Tutti Stable’s 3-year-old filly Sweet Repent notched her fourth consecutive victory at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday when winning the $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap (G3) by the slimmest of margins over the 4-year-old filly Amazing. It was 3 ½ lengths back to Aurora Lights in third.
Sent off as the even-money favorite, Sweet Repent and jockey Manoel Cruz stalked the early pace set by Amazing and Elvis Trujillo and they made their big run coming down the stretch in the 1 1/16 miles race. Sweet Repent got to the wire just in time to defeat Amazing and covered the distance in 1:46.91. she paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.60.
Cloudy’s Knight Makes Winning Calder Debut, takes Prestigious W.L. McKnight Handicap (G2)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 26, 2009) – S J Stables’ well-traveled 9-year-old gelding Cloudy’s Knight made his first appearance at Calder Casino & Race Course a winning one on Saturday when taking the prestigious $150,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (G2) by 1 ¼ lengths over Spice Route. Winchester was a half-length back in third place.
Trained by Jonathan Sheppard, Cloudy’s Knight was ridden to victory by Rosemary Homeister, Jr., who was also aboard for his last three victories, as well as a tough loss in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon at Santa Anita last month.
Motovato Turns Back to Win Kenny Noe, Jr. Handicap (G3)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 26, 2009) – Edmund Gann’s 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt Motovato turned back to the seven furlongs distance for the first time since March on Saturday at Calder Casino & Race Course and won the $100,000 Kenny Noe, Jr. Handicap (G3) by a quarter of a length over Dream Maestro. It was the first Graded stakes victory for Motovato, who has now won five of 13 career starts.
Ridden by jockey Elvis Trujillo for trainer Marty Wolfson, Motovato came from off the pace to run down Dream Maestro in the final strides and complete the distance in 1:24.44. Dream Maestro finished three lengths ahead of Prince Joshua in third place.
Calder Barn Notes: 12-26-09
Coa & O’Connell Lead Tropical Standings into Final Week
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 26, 2009) – Only six racing days remain until the Tropical Meet at Calder Casino & Race Course closes next Saturday (Jan. 2) and jockey Eibar Coa and trainer Kathleen O’Connell hold narrow leads in their respective title chases, although both have rivals within striking distance with a good week.
Coa leads the riders with 58 victories, three more than Manoel Cruz second at 55 as the latter continues his bid for a third straight and fourth overall Tropical session championship. Apprentice Luis Saez ranks third with 46 tallies, followed by Luis Arango fourth at 22 and Eduardo Nunez fifth at 20.
Monday, December 21 2009
Quarantine Lifted at Calder
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 21, 2009) – The three-week quarantine at Calder Race Course is officially lifted on Monday, Dec. 21. Beginning today, ship in, entry, training and racing operations are back to normal. Several infection control measures were put into effect at Calder when one horse was diagnosed with the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) on Nov. 30. No other horses at Calder have contracted the disease.
Lifting the quarantine allows 60 horses to resume normal training and racing activity at Calder. Horses from outside of Calder, such as those stabled at Gulfstream Park and Palm Meadows training center, are open to participate at Calder without restriction as those facilities are again permitting travel to and from the track.
Wednesday, December 16 2009
Calder to Redistribute Portions of Cancelled Stakes Purses to Overnight Schedule
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 16, 2009) – Calder Race Course will not reschedule the two stakes races postponed earlier this month and will instead allocate portions of the purse money to its remaining 2009 overnight schedule. The $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (G3) and $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (G3) were originally scheduled for Dec. 5, but were postponed because of a quarantine restricting travel in and out of the Calder stable area.
The overall quarantine that limited travel in and out of Calder was lifted on Monday, Dec. 14, but three barns remain under restriction until Dec. 21 due to a horse in one of those barns being diagnosed with the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) disease. No other horses at Calder have been diagnosed with EHV-1 since.
Saturday, December 12 2009
Calder Barn Notes: 12-11-09
Presious Passion on Target for W.L. McKnight ‘Three-Peat’ Bid
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2009) – Patricia Generazio’s remarkable 6-year-old gelding Presious Passion has arrived in South Florida for the winter season from New Jersey and is being pointed for a chance to win the $150,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (G2) at Calder Casino & Race Course on Sat., Dec. 26 for a third consecutive year, according to trainer Mary Hartmann.
“We just got out in time before the bad weather hit up there and he’s absolutely on schedule for the race,” said Hartmann Friday morning from Gulfstream Park. “He’s doing just fine and will breeze here within the next few days.”
Monday, June 15 2009
DURAN DURAN DURAN AT GGF CLOSING WEEKEND
ALBANY -- Jockey Francisco Duran had to be sad Sunday was closing day at Golden Gate Fields.
Duran was on fire during the final weekend of the 2008-2009 racing season, riding three winners on Saturday and three more on Sunday. Duran recorded his back-to-back triples without the aid of a single betting favorite, which meant his fans went home with their pockets full.