Thursday, October 04 2012
Musical Romance Leads Mike Sherman Memorial Field
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (October 4, 2012) – While the $75,000 Kenny Noe, Jr. Handicap is technically the feature race at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, the day’s spotlight is likely to fall upon the $55,000 Mike Sherman Memorial as Pinnacle Racing Stable and Bill Kaplan’s Eclipse Award winning female sprinter Musical Romance was among the 10 fillies or mares entered for the 6 ½-furlong dash.
Last seen locally winning the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap as part of the July 7 Summit of Speed program, the daughter of Concorde’s Tune competed just two weeks ago when travelling to Belmont Park for the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap where she crossed the wire third.
Wednesday, October 03 2012
GOURMET DINNER ARRIVES FOR SPEND A BUCK
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (October 3, 2012) – Our Sugar Bear Stable’s Gourmet Dinner, a two-time Florida Stallion Stakes winner in 2010 before being denied a sweep when second in that year’s In Reality Stakes, cleared the Calder stable gate for the first time in 20 months on Wednesday morning when arriving at the barn of trainer David Braddy in advance of a planned start in the Grade 3 Spend A Buck Handicap on October 13.
“I’ve got some horses for Billy Terrill of Our Sugar Bear and I’m just helping out with a stall and keeping an eye on the horse for him and for trainer Bruce Brown,” Braddy said. “I spoke with Billy and the plan was to run in the Spend A Buck, and what they choose to do with the horse after the race is up to them.”
Sunday, September 30 2012
Starter Series Wide-Open After Saturday’s Second Leg
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 30, 2012) – After two legs in which 12 different horses gained at least one single point, the Tropical Starter Series will head to its October 27 conclusion as a wide-open chase for the $5,000 bonus that awaits the trainer of the series winner.
In Saturday’s second-leg, a 7 ½-furlong heat on the turf, the Humberto Toledo-trained Nineinthenine was awarded the winner’s share of six points when rallying late to prevail by 1 ½ lengths under the patient handling of jockey Luis Saez.
Friday, September 28 2012
Mind Spell Looking to Upset ‘Big Three’ in Contentious Birdonthewire
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 28, 2012) – While the main focus of Saturday’s $100,000 Birdonthewire Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course is sure to be the heavyweight showdown between the stakes-winning trio of Brave Dave, Sr. Quisqueyano, and Two T’s At Two B, the role of race spoiler could fall to the Jason DaCosta-trained Mind Spell, a promising colt that was a seven-length winner when breaking his maiden earlier this month.
“I picked him out at the sale and always had high expectations for him,” DaCosta said of the $50,000 April 2012 Ocala Breeders’ Sale purchase. “When he won his race, he did it so easy that when he came back from it in good shape, we immediately pointed him to this race.”
Top Juveniles to Collide in Birdonthewire
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 27, 2012) – A field of eight 2-year-olds, led by the triumvirate of David Melin and Laurie Plesa’s Grade 3 Sapling Stakes winner Brave Dave, Rosa Taveras’ Seacliff Stakes hero Sr. Quisqueyano, and Gilbert Campbell’s two-time stakes conqueror Two T’s At Two B, will line up for a strong renewal of the $100,000 Birdonthewire Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course Saturday.
Trained by Eddie Plesa, Jr., Brave Dave made his career debut at Calder in late June, scoring a 1 ¼-length front-running victory. The son of Put It Back was subsequently shipped north where he ran a respectable fourth in the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga before returning to post a three-quarter length win in the Sapling at Monmouth Park.
Sunday, September 23 2012
Flying Trip Moves Atop Starter Series Table
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 23, 2012) – Trainer Gilberto Zerpa took one step closer to winning the $5,000 trainer bonus that will be presented upon completion of the Tropical Starter Series Filly and Mare Division when his Flying Trip won Saturday’s second leg, adding six points to the five points the filly had earned three weeks earlier when crossing the wire second in the opening leg.
Originally scheduled for turf, Saturday’s race was moved to the main track which proved beneficial to Flying Trip who had finished seventh and ninth in her two prior grassy attempts but was a proven performer on dirt with a stakes victory in the 2010 Cassidy, a second in this year’s U Can Do It Handicap, and a fourth in Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap.
Saturday, September 22 2012
Pellegrini Filly Rested and Ready for Stage Door Betty
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 21, 2012) – When Herman Van Den Broeck’s prized 4-year-old filly Angelica Zapata heads to the track as the likely favorite in Saturday’s Stage Door Betty Handicap, the three-time stakes winning daughter of Sharp Humor will be making her first start in 10 weeks, a respite that was born out of design and not necessity.
“That was always the plan with her,” trainer Ron Pellegrini said of the extended break given to Angelica Zapata following her nine-length triumph in the Nancy’s Glitter on July 14. “We wanted to keep her fresh for the second half of the year and we think that’s what we’ve accomplished; she was always going to get the time off following her last.”
Friday, September 21 2012
Angelica Zapata Returns for Stage Door Betty
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 20, 2012) – Herman Van Den Broeck’s Angelica Zapata, a three-time stakes winner at Calder Casino & Race Course this year that was last seen as the dominant nine-length winner of the $75,000 Nancy’s Glitter Stakes in mid-July, will look to pick up where she left off when returning to meet six rivals in Saturday’s $75,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap, run at the distance of 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Trained by Ron Pellegrini, the 4-year-old daughter of Sharp Humor is unbeaten in three starts over the Calder dirt, adding stakes victories in the $55,000 Emergency Nurse and the $55,000 Sara’s Success to her Nancy’s Glitter triumph.
Thursday, September 20 2012
Santoro Points Unbeaten Rose to Gold to Keeneland
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 19, 2012) – The exclusive club of juvenile horses that first tasted stakes success at Calder Casino & Race Course before going on to enjoy national prominence, which includes the likes of Awesome Feather, Big Drama, and Jackson Bend, could soon welcome another member as the unbeaten Rose to Gold, the 13 ½-length winner of last weekend’s $100,000 Brave Raj Stakes, will depart her south Florida home by month’s end to take an October 5 Grade 1 test in Kentucky.
“She came back from the race very good and we’re planning to take her to Keeneland for a start in the Alcibiades,” trainer Sal Santoro said Wednesday morning.
Sunday, September 16 2012
FAVORITES WIN AND FAVORITES FALL ON FESTIVAL PREVIEW DAY AT CALDER
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 15, 2012) – Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti’s Rose to Gold and Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Awesome Belle ensured that the Festival Preview Day fillies would successfully fulfill their roles as race favorites when winning the $100,000 Brave Raj Stakes and the $100,000 Judy’s Red Shoes, but their male counterparts didn’t fare as well with Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday upsetting the $100,000 Foolish Pleasure and Signal Hill Farms’ Mucho Mas Macho the surprise winner of the $75,000 Needles.
For much of the year, the 2-year-old filly division at Calder was wide open, but those days of divisional uncertainty appear to be a thing of the past as the Sal Santoro-trained Rose to Gold has gone from unraced maiden to two-time stakes winner in just a three-week period after Saturday’s 13 ½-length Brave Raj triumph.
Saturday, September 15 2012
COUTON, BAZE EACH WIN TO REMAIN TIED FOR TOP SPOT IN JOCKEY STANDINGS
Julien Couton and Russell Baze both won races Friday at Golden Gate Fields and remain tied for first in the jockey standings heading into the final two days of the summer meeting, which concludes Sunday.
Couton went 1-for-6 Friday and scored his victory with heavy favorite Curly Girl ($3.20), who won the fourth race at odds of 3-5. Baze went 1-for-4 and notched his win with first-time starter Mum’s Truckee ($14.60), who rallied down the stretch to win the seventh race at odds of 6-1.
Owner Centofanti Prepares for Landmark Preview Day
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 14, 2012) – For Venezuelan native and All Coffee Private Label Roasters coffee baron Alex Centofanti, whose red, gold, and white crested colors will be represented in three of the four Festival Preview stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, the day has already proven to be a milestone afternoon for the relatively new owner.
“Absolutely, this is definitely going to be our biggest day as horse owners,” Centofanti, whose son Raffaele and wife Kathleen own Saturday stakes participants Rose to Gold, Musical Flair, and Fine Silver, said from the Calder racing office Friday afternoon. “There is almost a part of me that wishes I could just go to sleep right now and wake up Sunday and read about what happened.”