Calder enters its 40th season of racing in 2010 and will present a stakes program that includes renewals of the Summit of Speed and Festival of the Sun, the 29th runnings of the Florida Stallion Stakes series, and the Florida Million.
The Festival of the Sun, now in its 19th year, is Calder’s signature event and will be held on October 16. The rich finales of the Florida Stallion Stakes – the $375,000 In Reality and $375,000 My Dear Girl – are the main features of the card that offers seven stakes races. The Festival of the Sun also features the Calder Derby and Calder Oaks, as well as the Grade III $100,000 Spend A Buck Handicap, another Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race.
“Preview” days for both the Summit of Speed and Festival of the Sun are also on the schedule (June 12 and Sept. 25), while Calder’s “Juvenile Showcase,” a day dedicated entirely to 2-year-old Thoroughbreds and the sport’s emerging stars, is slated for Aug. 28. The Juvenile Showcase, with six stakes races, features the middle legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes program.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (FTBOA) contributes funding to 13 of the stakes on the Calder Meet schedule for registered Florida-breds. In addition, the organization provides funding for each of the stakes of the Florida Million, a day dedicated to showcasing the Florida Thoroughbred industry, during the Tropical Meet. Eight stakes races worth a total $1 million are held for registered Florida-breds on Florida Million day, scheduled for Nov. 13.
Eight Graded stakes races are featured during the Tropical Meet, including important turf fixtures such as the Grade III $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (Dec. 11) and Grade II $150,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (Dec. 18).
The Tropical Park Oaks and the Grade III $100,000 Tropical Park Derby are both scheduled for Jan. 1, 2011, giving newly turned 3-year-old fillies and 3 year olds, respectively, their first stakes opportunities of the New Year.