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It's that time of year again! As the summer begins to heat up, the three-year olds and upward begin their late summer and fall campaigns while the two-year olds begin to turn out in full force. Those that got an early start to their careers begin to test their mettle in stakes races, and the slower maturing freshmen runners start to break their maidens and look to make a splash later on in the year. By the end of June, not many stakes races for 2-year olds have been run, but there were two on the card this past Saturday at Calder Race Course: the J J'sdream Stakes for the 2-year old fillies and the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes for 2-year olds.
The 5 1/2 furlong J J'sdream Stakes, notably won recently by undefeated Awesome Feather, attracted a field of nine. Of the nine starters, eight had made their most recent start at Calder, and the ninth, Martha's Moon, was a maiden making her first start. The start was deemed good for all despite Pompous Miss hitting the gate at the break, and Jewel in the Sky went out to take the lead by the quarter pole call, running the opening quarter in 22.28. Impossible Mary moved to take over in the stretch and continued on to finish a game second behind Salamera, winner by a head, after that filly headed her inside the eighth pole. Impossible Mary, now 2: 1-1-0, has been raced Lasix free in both career starts. The win made Salamera undefeated in 2 starts. By Successful Appeal, the filly stopped the clock in 1:05.70 and paid $8.80/3.40/3.40 as the second choice. Tanourin Stable bred and owns the filly, who is trained by Rodolfo Garcia and was ridden by Angel Castillo. Anita's Comprise completed the trifecta.
The Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes, recently won by Little Drama and Jackson Bend, also attracted a field of nine going 5 1/2 furlongs. After one scratch, the field was comprised of 7 contenders that had made their most recent start at Calder, and the eighth contender, Capital City, was a maiden making his first start. The start was good for all, and My Daddy's Dollars jumped out to take the lead by the quarter pole call, carving out an opening fraction of 22.13. Midway the turn, Two T's At Two B, Billos Boy, Capital City, and My Daddy's Dollars all moved to vie for the lead, and Two T's At Two B came away with the advantage and drew away. Jockey Eduardo Nunez took the colt in hand late, and the pair coasted to a 5 1/4 length victory. Joshua's Comprise, still a maiden after six starts, closed from last to gain the place, and Billos Boy held on for the show. Two T's At Two B, a son of Untuttable, is now undefeated in two starts. The bay colt stopped the clock in 1:06.56 and paid $5.80/4.40/3.60 as the favorite. Gilbert Campbell bred and owns the colt, who is trained by Kathleen O'Connell. My Daddy's Dollars, who faded to sixth after being part of the pace, like Impossible Mary, has been raced Lasix free in both career starts.
It is still early in the year for the 2-year olds, so only time will tell if Salamera and Two T's At Two B will continue their winning ways or simply be one hit wonders. Despite being only minor stakes races, both the J J'sdream and the Frank Memorial have produced champions and Grade 1 winners, so the possibility is there. Based on past winners of the two races, look for both Salamera and Two T's At Two B to be contenders in more prestigious races for 2-year olds later in the year.


What the Nation is saying about Salamera, Two T's At Two B Return Home Winners in Stakes Debut...

Those Calder Stakes have produced some excellent runners. I hope this is one of those years.


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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.


Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.


An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.