“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.”
After sitting out race seven, Saez returned to the saddle for the eighth event, which began a three-race stretch when the young rider was unstoppable. Saez prevailed in the eighth with Moor of Venice for Milt Wolfson and the ninth with Full Moon’s Back, again for Pinchin, before completing his day with the win aboard Cash Rules.
A three-time leading rider at the combined Calder and Tropical meets that is well on his way to claiming a fourth crown when the current meet ends August, 31, Saez entered the Sunday program with 111 wins, 55 more than his nearest pursuer. That gap was just 14 back on July 13 when Saez began a dynamic run that has seen the rider win with 36 of his 106 starters, an average of slightly more than two winners a day, while hitting the board 75 times.
During that span, Saez has won stakes with Csaba in the El Kaiser, Indiano in the Giant Ryan, Spectacular Sky in the Barb’s Dancer, along with the aforementioned Cash Rules. Also over that four week period, Saez-ridden runners have amassed $662,603 in earnings.
With his six-win day on Saturday, Saez joined Javier Castellano, Eddie Castro, Eibar Coa, Manoel Cruz, Rene Douglas, George Gomez, Walter Guerra, and Jacinto Vasquez as the only riders to win at least six races in a single day at Calder. Castro holds the all-time record with a nine-win day on June 4, 2005.
The last jockey to ride six winners in a day at Calder, prior to Saez achieving the feat on Saturday, was Manoel Cruz on November 27, 2005.
AWESOME BELLE/FROLIC’S REVENGE REMATCH EXPECTED IN CRYSTAL RAIL
Calder stakes coordinator Sean Perl has indicated that both Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Awesome Belle and Stride Rite Racing Stable, Inc.’s Frolic’s Revenge, separated by three-quarters of a length in last month’s $75,000 Three Ring Stakes, are likely to renew acquaintances in next weekend’s $75,000 Crystal Rail Stakes, run over 7 ½ furlongs of turf.
Trained by Stanley Gold, Awesome Belle halted a nine-race losing streak when prevailing in the Three Ring, which was held on the Calder main track. Prior to that winning performance, the daughter of Awesome Belle had not visited the winner’s circle since her career-defining victory in the $300,000 My Dear Girl Division of the 2011 Florida Stallion Stakes.
Prior to her near-miss in the Three Ring, the Milt Wolfson-trained Frolic’s Revenge was the uncontested leader of the 3-year-old filly division at Calder, tallying three straight stakes wins when taking both the $100,000 Calder Oaks and the $55,000 Sweettrickydancer on turf, along with a 17-length main-track triumph in the $55,000 Regal Gal.
Alter’s Racing Stable, Inc.’s Wicked Night, who crossed the wire third but was placed second when meeting older fillies and mares in the $55,000 Ms Brookski Stakes in her last start, is listed as possible for the Crystal Rail.
Entries for the Crystal Rail Stakes, along with its open counterpart, the $75,000 Naked Greed Stakes, will be taken in the Calder racing office on Monday.