Trained by Phil Gleaves, Csaba continued his success during his winter races, earning victories in the Harlan’s Holiday Stakes, in which Ducduc finished fourth, and the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes, both at Gulfstream Park, to give him four straight stakes wins. His winning streak started with a victory in the Tropical Park Derby at Calder last October. Csaba also won the El Kaiser Stakes at Calder last July.
Csaba has not run since finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream in February. Trained by Shivananda Parbhoo, Ducduc has one race under his belt since his eighth-place finish in the Donn, the Grade 2 Pan American Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream in March. He finished off-the-board.
Jockey Manoel Cruz will be aboard Csaba for the first time, replacing regular rider Luis Saez. They will break from post one. Orlando Bocachica, who was aboard Ducduc in the Hooper and Harlan’s Holiday, is slated to ride Ducduc again and begin his 1 1/16 mile journey from post five.
Also entered in the field of 10 for the Memorial Handicap are five runners from the Sumter Stakes held on May 5 at Calder.
Emmy Gaffney and Jessica Savin’s Rule Number Six will look for his fourth-straight win after earning his first career stakes victory in his stakes debut in the Sumter. Prior to the Sumter, Rule Number Six earned an allowance victory at Calder and won a starter allowance race at Gulfstream. Jockey Mario Argueta retains the mount aboard Rule Number Six.
Centaur Farms, Inc.’s Megamove makes his second-straight stakes appearance after finishing second in the Sumter, in which he came away with a clear lead down the stretch before Rule Number Six closed late to gain the victory. Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Argentine Tango, Sandra J. Brown’s Two Is to Many, and Blackacre Farms, Inc.’s Flatter This also ran in the Sumter and return for the Memorial Handicap.
Rose Family Stable’s 3-year-old Joshua’s Comprise is the youngest horse in the field. He is no stranger to tough competition, however, having back-to-back fourth-place finishes in the Gulfstream Park Derby and Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream to Itsmyluckyday, who went on to finish second in the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, at Pimlico Race Course.
After finishing fourth in the Calder Derby to Sr. Quisqueyano, Joshua’s Comprise finished fourth to Saffie Joseph’s Isutalkintome in an allowance race at Calder. In the Memorial Day Handicap, Joshua’s Comprise looks to recover from a last-place finish in the Mambo Meister Stakes on turf, while Isutalkintome will make just his second career stakes appearance and first this year.
Jim Atwell and Kevin Jacobsen’s Eldaafer, winner of the Grade 3 Breeders’ Cup Marathon in 2010, and Just For Fun Stable Inc.’s Decisive Moment, a multiple stakes winner, complete the field.
The Memorial Handicap is scheduled as the tenth race on the 11-race Saturday card with an approximate post time of 4:53 p.m. Post time for the first race at Calder is 12:50 p.m.