A 4-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa, Spectacular Sky enters the Whippleton off a pair of commanding victories, winning the Barb’s Dancer by 4 ½ lengths and a mid-July allowance by 9 ¼ lengths, with the latter run over the same seven-furlong distance as the Whippleton.
Golden Mystery, who made an appearance in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, is winless in five starts this year, although the filly was third in a stake at Aqueduct, was twice the runner-up in allowance races at Delaware Park, and was most recently beaten just over five lengths when seventh in the Princess Rooney.
Starting from post five on Saturday, Golden Mystery has lured the riding services of Luis Saez, who last rode the daughter of Awesome Again during the early summer months of 2011.
Samuel H. Rogers, Jr.’s; Close It Out, who exits three successive third-place finishes in local stakes, looks the main threat to filly and mare domination in the Whippleton when starting from post three under jockey Jose Angel Garcia.
Trained by Steve Towne, the son of Closing Argument began his 2012 Calder campaign with a half-length allowance win in mid-April and has since returned with third-place performances in the Ponche Handicap, the Grade 2 Smile Sprint, and most recently the Giant Ryan Stakes.
Completing the field for the Whippleton is Kramer Stables LLC and William Rosenfel’s Thank U Philippe, Shivananda Racing’s American Legend, Bluestone Thoroughbreds, LLC’s Black Diamond Cat, Marcial Navarro’s Island Sunset, and Peter Kohn’s Trust the Deputy.
The Whippleton will not be Wolfson’s only attempt at defeating male rivals with a filly or mare on Saturday as the trainer will also saddle the Estate of Chuck Miller Thoroughbreds’ Timezone in the $55,000 Our Dear Peggy Stakes, run over 1 1/8 miles of Calder turf.
A 5-year-old daughter of Pulpit, Timezone last visited the winner’s circle in July 2010 but comes to the Our Dear Peggy off a second-place run in the Ms Brookski Stakes, a performance in which she was disqualified and placed sixth for causing interference in the stretch. Prior to that outing, the mare crossed the wire sixth in the $100,000 Hollywood Wildcat.
Timezone has drawn post two for the Our Dear Peggy and will be ridden by Saez.
Caroni Stable’s Oligarch could do no better than sixth in his most recent start, the $55,000 Band Is Passing Stakes, but that race was washed from the grass to the Calder main track and the son of Congrats will look to get back on the green Saturday.
Trained by Rodolfo Garcia, Oligarch is a three-time winner over the local lawn, including a front-running victory in last year’s $75,000 Tropical Park Derby.
The colt drew post four and will be ridden by Eduardo Nunez
Elena Arocha’s Nineinthenine enters the Our Dear Peggy with two wins in his last three starts, both coming over the Calder grass, while Shivananda Racing’s Ducduc won the $55,000 Joey Blueeyes on turf last year and will return to the surface for the first time since mid-March.
Completing the field for the Our Dear Peggy is Ron Hendrickson’s Primary Witness, Bates Stable, Inc. and Jill Julian’s Runyon Humor, Whatdoiknow Racing’s Atoned, Rose Family Stable’s Decaf Again, and Pegasus Holdings Group Stables, LLC’s Tell Tale Friend.
The Saturday card from Calder will also feature the opening leg of the Tropical Starter Series as eight horses, led by New Life Stable, Inc. and Equus Racing Stable’s Abdel’s Ghost, runner-up in the Giant Ryan Stakes in his last start, will travel 6 ½ furlongs with hopes of taking home the winner’s share of a rich $50,000 purse.
First race post time at Calder on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. The Whippleton is scheduled as the sixth race of the afternoon at approximately 2:40 p.m. while the Our Dear Peggy will go as race 11 with a start time of 5:18 p.m. The first leg of the Tropical Starter Series is slated as the 10th race on the day.