“The hard work is paying off,” McIntosh said when reached by phone Friday afternoon. “You go through some struggles in this game, but top-down the entire barn has been working hard and this is what the results are. Even the filly (Avaday) that ran third (prior to the start of the four-race streak) did well. She didn’t win, but the way she ran, she didn’t disappoint us either.”
“I’ve been at this on-and-off since 1990,” McIntosh said. “I had some horses at Philadelphia Park, but my family wanted me to come back home, so I did. I won some races in those first couple of years down here, but then I took a break. It really wasn’t until recently that I started to build up the business again.”
McIntosh credits the increase in business to his main owner, Joker Racing, LLC.
“We’ve got 15 horses on the grounds right now and they’re all owned by Joker,” McIntosh said. “They are here to stay, and they’re going to be a force in Florida racing.”
With Joker Racing in his corner, McIntosh intends to keep on winning, and prospects for the future seem bright for the trainer.
“We’ve got some good horses that have yet to run, about four 2-year-olds, and I think we’re going to keep having success and close out the year strong. The horses are all doing excellent. We’ve got good stock, good owners, and good help.”
CALDER-BASED JUVENILE FILLIES IN SUNDAY SARATOGA SPOTLIGHT
Two of the six juvenile fillies entered in the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga on Sunday exit winning performances at Calder, as both the $100,000 J J’s Dream winner Salamera and July 1 maiden-breaker Vitameta will contest the 6 ½-furlong race.
Trained by Rodolfo Garcia, Salamera has visited the Calder winner’s circle on two occasions, adding a 4 ¼-length maiden special weight victory on May 26 to her hard-fought neck win in the J J’s Dream. Jockey Angel Castillo, who traveled from Philadelphia to south Florida for the J J’s Dream, will make the trip to upstate New York to retain the mount aboard the daughter of Successful Appeal.
A David Fawkes trainee, Vitameta won impressively at first asking on July 1, running away from her rivals to prevail by seven widening lengths. Ramon Dominguez, the leading rider at the current Saratoga meet, replaces local jockey Jose Cruz on the daughter of Street Sense.
JUVENILE SHOWCASE STAKES CLOSE SATURDAY
Nominations for four of the six stakes that make up the August 25 Juvenile Showcase program will close in the Calder racing office Saturday. Each of the four stakes carries a purse of $75,000 and has a nomination fee of $75.
The races closing are the Seacliff Stakes for 2-year-olds at one mile on the main track, the Lindsay Frolic for juvenile fillies at the same one-mile main track trip, the Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash for 2-year-olds at five furlongs on the grass, and its filly companion, the Catcharisingstar, also run over five furlongs of Calder green.