Wednesday, September 12 2012
Trinniberg Back on Work Tab
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 12, 2012) – Shivananda Racing’s multiple graded stakes-winning 3-year-old Trinniberg returned to the Calder work tab Wednesday morning to put forth his first morning move since a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga, drilling a half-mile bullet in :47 over a track listed as wet fast.
“I’m very happy with the way he worked this morning,” owner and trainer Shivananda Parbhoo said. “And he came back good; he dove right into his feed tub and within 10 minutes it was gone.”
Monday, September 10 2012
Bull Dozer Rolls to Starter Series Victory
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 9, 2012) – Frank C. Calabrese's Bull Dozer, claimed for $25,000 in mid-May and a winner of three straight for his new team, captured the opening leg of the Tropical Starter Series open division at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, drawing off to a commanding 7 ½-length victory to shoot atop the points table for the three-race series.
Trained by Luis Ramirez, Bull Dozer sat contently in third through the early stages of the race before overpowering Abdel’s Ghost at the top of the stretch and then running away from that rival to post the easy win.
Sunday, September 09 2012
Spectacular Sky Streaks to Whippleton Stakes Win
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 8, 2012) – Male rivals proved nothing more than a slight obstacle in the path of Miller Racing, LLC’s filly sprinting sensation Spectacular Sky as the Marty Wolfson-trained daughter of Sky Mesa tallied her third straight open-length victory, and her second successive stakes score, when winning the $55,000 Whippleton Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course Saturday.
“Very easy,” winning rider Luis Saez said triumphantly after the race. “I like this filly a lot; she’s very nice.”
Friday, September 07 2012
Champion Barbadian Rider Arrives at Calder
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 6, 2012) – Always a proving ground for up-and-coming young riders, Calder Casino & Race Course will become the test site for 2010 Barbadian champion rider Jalon Samuel as the 19-year-old arrived in south Florida on Wednesday and was at the track Thursday morning to begin a full-time assault on American racing.
“He did well this morning,” agent Dick Diego said of the rider who came to his attention through local trainer and Barbados native Saffie Joseph, Jr. “We just went around to meet some of the trainers and then he two-minute licked a horse for Saffie. We’ll breeze a few tomorrow and Saturday, and then we’ve got our first call for Wednesday.”
Thursday, September 06 2012
Wolfson Fillies and Mares to Challenge Male Rivals in Whippleton; Our Dear Peggy
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 5, 2012) – Miller Racing, LLC’s Spectacular Sky, runner-up in the Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes in March and recent winner of the $55,000 Barb’s Dancer, is one of two female runners from the barn of trainer Marty Wolfson scheduled to meet male rivals in Saturday’s $55,000 Whippleton Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course. Wolfson will also saddle Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap seventh-place finisher Golden Mystery in the seven-furlong dash.
A 4-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa, Spectacular Sky enters the Whippleton off a pair of commanding victories, winning the Barb’s Dancer by 4 ½ lengths and a mid-July allowance by 9 ¼ lengths, with the latter run over the same seven-furlong distance as the Whippleton.
Tuesday, September 04 2012
Nakano Much the Best in Connie Ann Stakes
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 3, 2012) – After three straight near-misses in stakes events, including a third in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap in early July, Thoroughbred Futures Racing’s Nakano broke through for the first stakes win of her career at Calder Casino & Race Course on Monday when drawing off to a 2 ¼-length victory in the $55,000 Connie Ann Stakes. Originally scheduled for turf, the five-furlong race was moved to the main track following a morning of localized rain.
“I have all the confidence in her today because I knew going in that I’ve got the best horse in the race,” winning rider Luis Saez said following the victory.
Monday, September 03 2012
Beloveda Fires First in Tropical Starter Series
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 2, 2012) – Miller Racing, LLC’s Beloveda won the opening leg of the Tropical Starter Series fillies and mares division at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, running by Flying Trip in the final yards of the 6 ½-furlong dash to prevail for trainer Marty Wolfson.
With the victory, Beloveda earned the winner’s share of the rich $50,000 purse along with six points in the Starter Series standings, which puts the graded-stakes placed daughter of Ghostzapper atop the table after one event. Upon completion of the series, the trainer of the horse with the most points will receive a $5,000 bonus.
Sunday, September 02 2012
Cash Rules Resilient in Darn That Alarm Victory
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 1, 2012) – Larry Fugate’s Cash Rules bested a familiar field of foes when taking the $75,000 Darn That Alarm Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, although the 5-year-old son of Peace Rules had to work a bit harder than he did in past triumphs to turn back a late two-horse challenge from Liberty Cap and Flatter This to win by a head.
“It was a little tougher today,” winning rider Luis Saez said following Cash Rules’ hard-fought victory over rivals he beat with ease in last month’s $55,000 Band Is Passing Stakes. “Right now, I’m just happy we won.”
Rescheduled Connie Ann Attracts Full Field; Seven from Wolfson Barn
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (September 1, 2012) – Thoroughbred Futures Racing’s Nakano, the third-place finisher in this year’s Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap, leads a Marty Wolfson-trained brigade of seven fillies and mares that made the overnight for the $55,000 Connie Ann Stakes, a five-furlong turf dash originally scheduled for Sunday, August 26, but canceled that day due to Tropical Storm Isaac and repositioned as the featured event on Monday’s special Labor Day program at Calder Casino & Race Course.
A daughter of First Samurai, Nakano was a winner in her first Calder appearance in late May and has since returned to contest three stakes, adding a second-place performance in the Cool Air Stakes and a third in the Barbs Dancer to her 3 ¼-length defeat in the Princess Rooney.
Saturday, September 01 2012
Calder Meet Comes to a Close; Tropical Meet to Start Saturday
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 31, 2012) – Calder Casino & Race Course brought the curtain down on its 85-day Calder Meet on Friday and will begin its 65-day Tropical Meet when the track opens Saturday, September 1.
Highlighting the Calder Meet was the 13th edition of the Summit of Speed on July 7. Thoroughbred racing’s fastest day saw Pinnacle Racing Stables and Bill Kaplan’s Musical Romance, the 2011 Eclipse Award winning champion female sprinter and defending Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint heroine, made amends for a neck defeat in last year’s running of the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap when prevailing by a half-length in the 2012 renewal.
Parbhoo Puzzled by Trinniberg’s Performance
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 31, 2012) – Less than a week after Trinniberg’s disappointing ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop, owner Shivananda Parbhoo was still perplexed as to what caused his colt to uncharacteristically give way with an eighth of a mile left to run in the seven-furlong dash.
“After the race, I felt there had to be a reason my horse didn’t run like he usually does,” Parbhoo said. “So I had the vet look him over again and again, I had him x-rayed, and I had all the blood work done on him, and everything came back clean.
Friday, August 31 2012
Musical Romance Works; Travel Plans Do Not
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 30, 2012) – Defending Eclipse Award champion female sprinter and last year’s Breeder’s Cup Filly & Mare Sprint heroine Musical Romance posted her first published workout since a July 7 victory in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap when breezing five-furlongs in 1:03.20 over a wet-fast track on the morning of Tuesday, August 28.
“Being the first one back, I was happy with her work,” trainer Bill Kaplan said. “And you’ll see her on the work tab regularly now.”