The wet conditions did not put a damper on the 2-YO stakes action at Calder Race Course
even as Tropical Storm Issac made its way toward Florida. The main track was sloppy and the grass races were taken off the turf, but there was still plenty of stakes action to behold on the Juvenile Showcase card.
Easily the most anticipated race of the card was the 7 furlong Florida Stallion Affirmed Stakes
headlined by Two T’s At Two B
. Made the heavy favorite, everyone expected the bay colt to extend his streak to 4 for 4. Whether or not the added distance and the mud were a factor, Two T’s At Two B yielded late despite opening up a clear lead in the stretch. Personally, I am disinclined to chalk it up to the mud since the colt broke his maiden on a sloppy track; however, the mud plus
the added distance could very likely have been the son of Untuttable’s
downfall today. D’nied Permission
(above) got up late to notch the victory by a neck over fellow longshot Joshua’s Comprise
. Two T’s At Two B was only beaten less than two lengths for it all, so it was still a respectable showing.
extended his career streak to 3 for 3 with a decisive victory in the one mile Seacliff Stakes
. The Exclusive Quality
colt stalked the pace, took over on the far turn, and drew off to win by 13 ¾ lengths while being kept to the task at hand by jockey Jozbin Santana
, according to the race notes. With today’s victory, the colt has won his 3 career starts by a combined total of 28 ¾ lengths, with today’s race and his last combining for 26 of those total lengths. With such a convincing victory at one mile already under his belt, I do not think the extra sixteenth of a mile in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
would be a problem should owner Rosa Stephany Taveras
and trainer Luis Olivares
choose to go that route.
Rose to Gold
rose to the occasion nicely, becoming a stakes winner in her career debut. Keeping the daylight theme alive, the chestnut Friends Lake
filly pressed the pace under jockey Jesus Rios
before running off to score by 13 lengths. Like the Seacliff Stakes, the Lindsay Frolic Stakes
was contested at a mile, making the possibilies for this filly seem quite promising indeed.
Trainer Edward Plesa, Jr.
cross-entered in the one mile Seacliff Stakes and the 5 furlong Fasig Tipton Turf Dash Stakes
. He scratched his charge from the former in favor of the latter, and you better believe he thought it was his lucky day when the dark bay Lawyer Ron
colt romped home by 4 in the off-turf affair.
reversed the order of finish of last month’s Florida Stallion Desert Vixen Stakes
, beating Candy Coded Kisses
in today’s Florida Stallion Susan’s Girl Stakes
. Like the Affirmed, it was contested at 7 furlongs, and Putyourdreamsaway returned to the theme of daylight with her winning margin of 7 ½ lengths. Anita’s Comprise
broke down at the top of the stretch, but further news on her condition has not been made available.
came back off less than a two week turnaround to win the off-turf Catcharisingstar Stakes
contested at 5 furlongs. Like Rose to Gold, Martha’s Moon initially debuted in a stakes race; however, she did not return a winner that day. Instead, she broke her maiden at second asking in the slop, holding off Cupid’s Messenger
in a 6 furlong maiden race last month. She then finished a disappointing 6th in an allowance race on August 12th. Both her poor finishes came on a fast track, so it looks like this filly has an affinity for mud as she is now 2 for 2 on a sloppy track.
The show must go on, and so it did, for today at least. Tomorrow is a whole different story. Calder has canceled tomorrow’s card on account of Tropical Storm Issac, but not even the weather could put a damper on the Juvenile Showcase. The next races in the Florida Stallion Series, the Florida Stallion My Dear Girl Stakes for 2-year old fillies and the Florida Stallion In Reality Stakes for 2-year olds, will be run on October 13 and will complete the series. Candy Coded Kisses and Putyourdreamsaway have split the series one and one so far, with the former winning the Desert Vixen and the latter scoring in today’s Susan’s Girl. The colt’s division has also been split one and one, with Two T’s At Two B winning the Dr. Fager and D’nied Permission winning today’s Affirmed. Both the filly and colt divisions will thus be decided in October unless a third party should come along and steal the show.
Photo courtesy of Coady Photography