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.”
Wednesday, August 22 2012
STALLION STAKES HIGHLIGHT JUVENILE SHOWCASE AT CALDER
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 22, 2012) – Gilbert Campbell’s Two T’s At Two B and Elsaida and Easton DeSouza’s Candy Coded Kisses, respective winners of the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes, will bid for second-leg Stallion Stakes victories at Calder Casino & Race Course Saturday when starting in the $125,000-estimated Affirmed and Susan’s Girl divisions, part of the 10th annual Juvenile Showcase program, a rich day of racing dedicated entirely to 2-year-olds with an estimated $550,000 in stakes purses to be awarded.
Bred by Campbell and trained by Kathleen O’Connell, Two T’s At Two B is the most accomplished runner on the 12-race Juvenile Showcase program having visited the winner’s circle three times during his unbeaten career, adding a 7 ¼-length maiden triumph and a 5 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial to his 3 ¾-length win in the Dr. Fager.
Monday, August 20 2012
Patience Pays Off for Trainers Duco and Gold
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 19, 2012) – When trainers Luis Duco and Stanley Gold were given the opportunity to run their respective 3-year-olds Empire Builder and Awesome Belle on turf in the Naked Greed and the Crystal Rail Stakes Saturday, it ended a several month odyssey in which Duco had been repeatedly trying to get Empire Builder on the turf and Gold had been continually wanting to run Awesome Belle over the green.
“It felt good,” Duco said of finally getting a chance to run Empire Builder, the two-length winner of the Naked Greed, on grass. “I always thought he was going to be twice as good on turf.”
Sunday, August 19 2012
Awesome Belle Scores Second Straight Stake Win in Crystal Rail
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 18, 2012) – Having halted a nine-race losing streak with a victory in the $75,000 Three Ring Stakes on July 21, the Jacks or Better Farms, Inc. homebred filly Awesome Belle won for the second straight time when leading at every call to take the co-featured $75,000 Crystal Rail Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday.
“When I looked at the race, I thought there were a few other horses in there that had speed, so I was a little surprised they let me go like they did,” winning rider Fernando Jara said after piloting Awesome Belle to her front-running win. “And when she broke good, I knew I had to go for it.”
Calder Barn Notes: 82 2-Year-Olds Nominate to Juvenile Showcase Stakes
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 18, 2012) – Nominations for four of the six stakes to be presented as part of the annual Juvenile Showcase program at Calder Casino & Race Course on August 25 were released earlier in the week with 82 individual 2-year-olds nominated to run.
The $75,000 Catcharisingstar attracted the most attention of the four races as 31 2-year-old fillies were made eligible for the five-furlong grassy dash. The $75,000 Lindsay Frolic Stakes, for juvenile fillies at one mile on the main track, drew 26 nominees, while the five-furlong $75,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash had 20 nominees and 18 horses nominated to the one-mile $75,000 Seacliff Stakes.
Saturday, August 18 2012
Sophomores Look to Give White First Stakes Win of the Meet
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 17, 2012) – Trainer Bill White, the second all-time leading trainer in the 41-year history of Calder Casino & Race Course, will make two attempts at capturing his first stakes race of the meet on Saturday when starting Montessa G in the $75,000 Crystal Stakes and the Mr. Espresso in the $75,000 Naked Greed Stakes, both run over Calder’s turf course.
“They’re both doing extremely well and training great leading up to the race,” White said outside the Calder paddock Friday afternoon.
Monday, August 13 2012
SAEZ ENJOYS SIX-WIN SATURDAY
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 12, 2012) – Currently in the midst of a remarkable run of success, even by his usual lofty Calder standards, leading local rider Luis Saez accomplished a feat shared by just eight other jockeys in the 41-year history of the track on Saturday when visiting the winner’s circle six times.
“It feels so good,” Saez said after tallying his sixth win of the day with Cash Rules in the $55,000 Band Is Passing Stakes. “Every day you ride, you expect to win, but there are days like this when you just know you’re going to win. Every time I went to the track, I had the feeling like I would win.”