Thursday, July 05 2012
Defy Gravity Arrives from Maryland for Azalea Stakes
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 5, 2012) – Trainer Lori Testerman and her 3-year-old filly Defy Gravity cleared the Calder Casino & Race Course stable gate Wednesday afternoon, having shipped down from Maryland in advance of a Saturday start in the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes.
“The ride down went perfect and she has settled in nicely,” Testerman said from the Calder receiving barn Thursday morning. “It’s funny because it was so hot up there that it’s actually nicer down here where at least there is a breeze. We had to come to Florida, in July, to cool off.”
Frolic’s Revenge Escapes with Sweettrickydancer Win
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (July 4, 2012) – Though never as impressive as when a 17-length winner in the $55,000 Regal Gal Stakes on June 2, Stride Rite Racing Stable, Inc.’s Frolic’s Revenge prevailed nonetheless in the $55,000 Sweettrickydancer at Calder Casino & Race Course Wednesday, escaping with the narrowest of victories while needing every bit of the one-mile distance to win by a nose while touring the outer edge of the Calder turf.
Seeking her third straight stakes win at the meet, Frolic’s Revenge, ridden by Luis Saez, was allowed to settle comfortably in second through the early stages of the Sweettrickydancer while Montessa G, returning from nearly eight months on the sidelines, was put aggressively on the lead by jockey Jesus Rios, setting splits of :23.20, :47.72, and 1:11.17.
Saturday, June 30 2012
Musical Romance Works for Princess Rooney
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 29, 2012) – Several Summit of Speed hopefuls made morning workout appearances at Calder Casino & Race Course on Friday, including a powerful half-mile move by Eclipse Award champion female sprinter and likely Grade 1 Princess Rooney favorite Musical Romance, who covered the four-furlong trip in a bullet :46.20.
“She was doing it all on her own,” trainer Bill Kaplan said. “She really gets a lot out of her work in the morning, so bringing her up to the race this year without a real prep hasn’t been that much different. She’s perfectly fit for the race.”
Thursday, June 28 2012
Gantry Arrives for Smile Sprint
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 28, 2012) – Brittlyn Stable, Inc.’s Gantry, a three-time sprint-stakes winner at Fair Grounds last seen finishing third behind 2011 Preakness winner Shackleford and 2011 Eclipse Award champion sprinter Amazombie in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap, arrived at Calder Casino & Race Course Thursday morning in advance of a start in next weekend’s Grade 2 Smile Sprint, part of the annual Summit of Speed program.
“We got in about ten o’clock this morning and he was bouncing around when he got off the van and everything looked good,” trainer Ron Faucheux said. “He’s been training great, and our plan was to get him here with enough time to get in a work over the track, which we’ll probably do on Sunday.”
FIRST JUVENILE STAKES OF THE MEET SATURDAY
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 27, 2012) – Calder Casino & Race Course will offer its first 2-year-old stakes of the season on Saturday as the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes and the $100,000 J J’s Dream Stakes, both run at 5 ½ furlongs with the latter restricted to fillies, share the south Florida spotlight. Both races attracted a field of nine.
Owner Gilbert Campbell will start a pair of promising homebred juveniles in the Frank Gomez Memorial with both Dan the Irishman and Two T’s At Two B scheduled to carry his colors to battle for trainer Kathleen O’Connell.
Wednesday, June 27 2012
Sassy Image and Musical Romance top Summit of Speed Nominees
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 27, 2012) – Separated by a neck when the top two finishers in last year’s Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap, Jerry Romans’ Sassy Image and Pinnacle Racing Stable and Bill Kaplan’s Eclipse Award winning champion Musical Romance lead the list of 24 fillies and mares nominated to this year’s running of the six-furlong stake, one of six added-money events to be contested July 7 as part of Calder Casino & Race Course’s Summit of Speed program, Florida racing’s showcase day for sprinters.
A seven-time winner from 16 starts, with over $813,000 in career earnings, Sassy Image exits a sixth-place performance in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff, her first start after being sidelined for eight months. In that same race, Musical Romance, winner of the Grade 2 Inside Information at Gulfstream Park in mid-March, crossed the wire second to track-record setter Groupie Doll.
Wednesday, June 20 2012
Main Track Stakes Winners Lead Full Field of Mecke Entrants
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 20, 2012) – With eyes undoubtedly focused skyward as a week of ominous weather is forecast for south Florida, Frank C. Calabrese’s Memorial Day Handicap winner Where’s Sterling and Jessica Colon’s Miami Mile hero Imperial Czar, both of which captured those stakes over the Calder Casino & Race Course main track, lead a full field of 12 that was entered for Saturday’s $55,000 Mecke Stakes, scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on the turf.
Trained by Luis Ramirez, Where’s Sterling is the most accomplished runner in the Mecke field, having amassed over $400,000 in career earnings while visiting the winner’s circle on four occasions. A Grade 3 winner that missed by less than four lengths in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap in February, the son of Northern Afleet was never more impressive than when winning the Memorial Day Handicap by 7 ½ lengths in his last start.
Monday, June 18 2012
JOSE SANTOS, JR. ALTERING COURSE WHILE FOLLOWING FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 17, 2012) – From the very beginning, it appeared to be written that Jose Santos, Jr., son of Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos, was destined for a life on the racetrack.
“I was six days old when I spent my first day at a track,” Santos said. “And that very same day, my dad won the Whitney with Colonial Affair. In fact, he later told me that he almost missed my birth because he was up at Saratoga the morning I was born to work Colonial Affair for that race.”
Thursday, June 14 2012
ILLINOIS’ BEST VIE IN SIX PRAIRIE STATE FESTIVAL STAKES RACES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 13, 2012) –- Most of the top Illinois-registered Thoroughbreds in training will have a chance to strut their stuff as Arlington Park presents the 13th annual Prairie State Festival which is comprised of six stakes races worth an aggregate $750,000.
The six $125,000 races that make up the Prairie State Festival are:
Sprinters Scheduled to Return on Short Rest for Cool Air
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 13, 2012) – Teresa and David Palmer’s Wild Bout Tiffany, who returned on 13 days rest to win the $75,000 U Can Do It Handicap at Calder Casino & Race Course last Saturday, and Silverton Hill, LLC’s Indulgence, who was put to that rival’s sword when fourth in the same race, are scheduled to engage in a rematch just seven days later as both were among the 11 fillies and mares entered for the $55,000 Cool Air Stakes, to be run over five furlongs of Calder turf on Saturday.
Trained by Bill Kaplan, Wild Bout Tiffany has prevailed in seven of 19 lifetime starts, and while her career-defining victory in the U Can Do It came over the dirt, the filly is a two-time winner on the turf, with both victories coming at the five-furlong distance.
Tuesday, June 12 2012
CRUZ HOMECOMING AN EARLY SUCCESS
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 10, 2012) – Calder’s all-time leading rider Manoel Cruz returned to the local jockey’s room on Thursday after plying his trade in states north for the last 14 months, and the immediate returns have been positive as the veteran jockey won four races on Saturday, including two of the four Summit Preview Day stakes.
“It feels so good being back at this place; I feel one-hundred percent at home,” Cruz said. “The reason I came back is because of my son. He is sick, and in the hospital right now, so I offer those wins to him.”
Sunday, June 10 2012
FIELD COMMISSION OVERCOMES LAYOFF AND NEW SURFACE TO WIN PONCHE
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 9, 2012) – Despite the fact that he was returning from a 19-month layoff and had never raced on a dirt track in his career, Edward Seltzer’s 7-year-old Field Commission added his name to the list of thoroughbred millionaires on Saturday, winning the six-furlong $75,000 Ponche Handicap at Calder Casino & Race Course in a stakes record time of 1:09.75.
“I was very impressed,” jockey Manoel Cruz said. “The trainer told me to keep the horse busy and make sure he was closer than usual. So when he broke, I gave him a couple of kisses and asked him to go, and he took his position perfectly.”