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.”
Saturday, August 11 2012
STREAKING MCINTOSH TALLIES THURSDAY DOUBLE
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 10, 2012) – With victories on the Thursday card by Wholelotaroyalty and Joltin’ Joe, and four straight wins dating back to Foxy Affair’s 7 ¼-length maiden triumph on August 4, there isn’t a trainer on the Calder Casino & Race Course grounds enjoying more success at the moment than Alfred McIntosh.
“The hard work is paying off,” McIntosh said when reached by phone Friday afternoon. “You go through some struggles in this game, but top-down the entire barn has been working hard and this is what the results are. Even the filly (Avaday) that ran third (prior to the start of the four-race streak) did well. She didn’t win, but the way she ran, she didn’t disappoint us either.”
Friday, August 10 2012
DESOUZA AWAITS NEXT STALLION STAKES
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 9, 2012) – Trainer Easton DeSouza remained in good spirits as he walked the Calder Casino & Race Course grandstand Thursday, still basking in the glow of the Florida Stallion Stakes Desert Vixen Division victory provided by his filly Candy Coded Kisses 12 days ago.
“Did you see the way she ran,” the affable 69-year-old conditioner asked enthusiastically. “And wait until you see her at seven-eighths (in the Susan’s Girl Division on August 25). I’m telling you, she won’t lose that race.”
Wednesday, August 08 2012
Primal Stakes Participants Return for Band Is Passing
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 8, 2012) – Stipa Racing Stable, Inc.’s Numb Lips, Larry Fugate’s Cash Rules, and Lady Luck Stable’s Liberty Cap, the top three finishers from the $55,000 Primal Stakes run over the Calder Casino & Race Course main track on July 21, will switch surfaces for their next meeting, a 1 1/16-mile turf test in Saturday’s $55,000 Band Is Passing Stakes.
After hitting the board in three previous stakes attempts at the meet, Numb Lips finally prevailed when a three-length winner of the Primal, giving the Agustin Bezara trainee his first career stakes triumph while simultaneously ending an eight-race losing streak.
Monday, August 06 2012
SPECTACULAR SKY DAZZLES IN BARB’S DANCER
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 5, 2012) – In a performance reminiscent of her commanding 9 ¼-length front-running allowance win at Calder Casino & Race Course in mid-July, Miller Racing, LLC’s Spectacular Sky captured the first stakes race of her career on Sunday when leading throughout to take the $55,000 Barb’s Dancer, covering the 6 ½-furlong distance in 1:17.04.
Trained by Marty Wolfson, who saddled three of the six fillies in the Barb’s Dancer and finished first, second, and third, Spectacular Sky was a bit lax out of the gate but was pushed to the lead aggressively by jockey Luis Saez to set opening fractions of :21.82 and :44.99.
Sunday, August 05 2012
INDIANO STRONG WINNER OF GIANT RYAN STAKES
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 4, 2012) – An accomplished colt with graded-stakes wins on his résumé, Stud El Aguila’s Indiano proved too classy for his eight overmatched sprinting rivals when running off to a 5 ½-length victory in the $55,000 Giant Ryan Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course Saturday, running the 6 ½-furlong distance over a fast track in 1:16.84.
“He felt very good today,” winning rider Luis Saez said. “He was the best horse going into the race, and he proved it.”
Where’s Sterling Ships for Pacific Classic
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 4, 2012) – Frank C. Calabrese’s Grade 3 winner Where’s Sterling departed the Calder Casino & Race Course stable area shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday morning to begin his journey towards a start in the $1 million Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar on August 26.
“So far, so good,” trainer Luis Ramirez said of the early stages of Where’s Sterling’s cross-country trek. “He went to Fort Lauderdale airport and from there we put him on a plane to California. He should get there around five-thirty Del Mar time, and I’ll join him in 10 days.”