Saturday, August 04 2012
Longshot Loch Dubh Looking to Rebound in Giant Ryan
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 3, 2012) – Saturday’s Giant Ryan Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course looks to be one of the tougher overnight stakes run at the meet, a fact that is not lost on trainer Sharon McGlinchey, who sends out the former stake-winner Loch Dubh, making just his second start since May 2010.
“I didn’t expect the race to come up this difficult,” the affable McGlinchey said from Calder stall office Friday morning. “The purse is $55,000 and I think it is much tougher than his last race, and that was for $100,000.”
Friday, August 03 2012
Nakano Leads Wolfson Assault on Barb’s Dancer
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 2, 2012) – When the Calder racing office closes the entry box for the $55,000 Barb’s Dancer on Thursday afternoon, at least half the field for the August 4 filly and mare sprint-stake is expected to come from the barn of trainer Marty Wolfson, with no name more prominent on that list than Nakano, the third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap on July 7.
Owned by Thoroughbred Futures Racing, Nakano shipped to Wolfson in April after spending the early part of her career traveling about the Midwest and to New Orleans where she managed just a maiden win at Fair Grounds in February 2011.
Wednesday, August 01 2012
SPIRITED FIELD OF SPRINTERS DRAWN TO GIANT RYAN
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 1, 2012) – Stud El Aguila’s Indiano, Samuel Rogers, Jr.’s Close It Out, and Saffie Joseph’s Artefacto, separated by the smallest of margins when the second, third, and fourth-place finishers in the July 7 running of the Grade 2 Smile Sprint, lead the list of nine competitive sprinters scheduled to contest Saturday’s $55,000 Giant Ryan Stakes, a 6 ½-furlong main track test named as a memorial to the 2011 Smile Sprint winner.
Trained by Marty Wolfson, Indiano is the lone graded-stakes winner among the Giant Ryan field, having won the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes as part of the 2011 Summit of Speed program. The son of Indian Charlie also captured the Unbridled Stakes and the Eillo Stakes last year before finishing his season with third-place performances in the $250,000 Gallant Bob at Parx Racing and the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector at Gulfstream Park.
Monday, July 30 2012
KING GHIDORAH TO REPRESENT PARBHOO IN GIANT RYAN
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 29, 2012) – Owner Shivananda Parbhoo confirmed through the Calder racing office on Sunday that he intends to enter King Ghidorah in the $55,000 Giant Ryan when entries for that stake are taken Monday. The Giant Ryan is named after the Parbhoo-owned Grade 1 winner that was euthanized as a result of injuries incurred during the running of the True North Handicap at Belmont Park on June 9.
“Calder was nice enough to run a race named after Giant Ryan, so I want to participate in the race,” Parbhoo said.
Saturday, July 28 2012
ROSE RUNNERS LOOKING TO SHAKE-UP SATURDAY’S STALLION STAKES
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 27, 2012) – While the stakes-proven Two T’s At Two B and the promising Dixie High are likely to attract much of the spotlight in Saturday’s $75,000-estimated Dr. Fager Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course, longtime local conditioner Barry Rose has two juveniles entered for the race that could fit the role of spoiler in the speedy Cat Five Hurricane and the late-running Joshua’s Comprise.
“The experience of the first race helped, and adding the blinkers helped too,” Rose said of Cat Five Hurricane’s transformation from a lackluster sixth-place finish in his debut to a 4 ¼-length victory in his second career start. “I also thought Jonathan (Gonzales) rode him well. He’s an aggressive rider; I like that in him. I like the way he rides a horse. And I think he fits a horse that runs on the front.”
Friday, July 27 2012
Pita to Start Two in Saturday’s Stallion Stakes
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 26, 2012) – A Florida Stallion Stakes rookie when saddling Hello Prince to an 11th-place finish in the 2011 Dr. Fager Stakes, trainer Daniel Pita returns with a pair of runners for Saturday’s opening day of the 2012 Stallion Stakes, sending out the Frank Gomez Memorial third-place finisher Billos Boy in this year’s Dr. Fager along with the debuting filly Talent N Passion in the Desert Vixen.
“He’s doing really well right now,” Pita said of Billos Boy. “I think he’s only going to get better with more distance. To be honest, I wish we were running further than six furlongs on Saturday; that’s how much I think added distance is going to help.”
Thursday, July 26 2012
Stallion Stakes Begin with Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 25, 2012) – Now in its 31st year of existence, the annual Florida Stallion Stakes, a six-race series for 2-year-olds with estimated total purses of $1 million, will commence at Calder Casino & Race Course Saturday with the $75,000 estimated Dr. Fager Division and the $75,000 estimated Desert Vixen Division, both run at six furlongs on the main track with the latter restricted to juvenile fillies.
Gilbert Campbell’s homebred colt Two T’s At Two B is the lone stakes winner among the Stallion Stakes entrants and is likely to go favored in the Dr. Fager off a 5 ¼-length win in the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes on June 30. Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, the son of Untuttable also prevailed in his career debut on May 19 when running off to win by 7 ¼ lengths.
Monday, July 23 2012
Awesome Belle Rewards Gold with Overdue Win
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 22, 2012) – With each defeat that piled up for last year’s Florida Stallion Stakes My Dear Girl Division heroine Awesome Belle, trainer Stanley Gold never lost sight of the eventual goal for the homebred daughter of Awesome of Course, which was a return to two-turn racing in Saturday’s $75,000 Three Ring, a race Awesome Belle won to halt a nine-race losing streak that dated back to last November.
“This was always the plan; to get her back to two turns,” Gold said of Awesome Belle, who had run in three straight sprint stakes at the meet, beginning with an appearance in the French Village Stakes, won by stablemate Redbud Road, on May 12 and concluding with a seventh-place performance in the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes on July 7.
Wednesday, July 11 2012
Angelica Zapata and Canadian Mistress Set for Nancy’s Glitter Showdown
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 11, 2012) – Herman Van Den Broeck’s Angelica Zapata and Miller Racing, LLC’s Canadian Mistress, separated by a neck at the wire following a spirited stretch duel in last month’s $55,000 Emergency Nurse Stakes, will renew their budding rivalry on Saturday in the $75,000 Nancy’s Glitter Handicap, run over 1 1/16 miles of Calder Casino & Race Course dirt.
Trained by Ron Pellegrini, Angelica Zapata had prevailed just two times in her first 15 career starts, but the homebred daughter of Sharp Humor has doubled that win total over the last eight weeks, piecing together consecutive victories in the Emergency Nurse and the $55,000 Sara’s Success, both run on the Calder main track, where the filly remains unbeaten.
Monday, July 09 2012
Smile Sprint Winner Headed to Louisiana; Then California
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 8, 2012) – The morning after his commanding five-length victory in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint, Brittlyn Stable’s Gantry gave the appearance of a horse that had done very little the day before, holding a commanding presence over barn 77 in the Calder Casino & Race Course stable area Sunday.
“He’s been on his toes all morning walking around the barn and looking absolutely great,” winning trainer Ron Faucheux said. “I’m going back to Louisiana today, and he’ll van back to the Evangeline Training Center tomorrow where we’ll give him a little time off.”
Sunday, July 08 2012
PRINCESS ROONEY REDEMPTION FOR MUSICAL ROMANCE; GANTRY TAKES SMILE SPRINT AT CALDER’S SUMMIT OF SPEE
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 7, 2012) – Even though the 2011 season for Pinnacle Racing Stables and Bill Kaplan’s Musical Romance ended in a Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint victory and an Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter, jockey Juan Leyva was continually haunted by a neck defeat in that year’s Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap, where the daughter of Concorde’s Tune was caught in the final yards by Sassy Image.
On Saturday, Leyva completed the final verse of that troubling chapter with a half-length victory in the 2012 renewal of the Princess Rooney at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Saturday, July 07 2012
Faucheux Doesn’t Fear Trinniberg in Grade 2 Smile Sprint
FAUCHEUX DOESN’T FEAR TRINNIBERG IN GRADE 2 SMILE SPRINT
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 6, 2012) – With the complexion of the Grade 2 Smile Sprint appearing to hinge on the decision of whether or not superstar sophomore sprinter Trinniberg is going to run there or in the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes, at least one trainer isn’t all that concerned about the possible presence of the lightning-quick colt. In fact, trainer Ron Faucheux, the conditioner of Louisiana invader Gantry, is kind of hoping to see Trinniberg in the Calder Casino & Race Course starting gate for the Smile.
“To be honest, I wouldn’t have any problem at all with him being in the race,” Faucheux said Friday afternoon. “Provided there is another horse in there that will go with him.