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Calder: Festival of the Sun Recap

Mad Flatter Scores Repeat in Spend a Buck Handicap (G3) at Calder

 

Bonnie Heath Farm’s 6-year-old homebred horse Mad Flatter successfully defended his crown in the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap (G3) at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday at the Festival of the Sun.  Chasing him home, for the second consecutive year, was Mambo Meister, who had won the race in 2009.

 

Ridden by jockey Jon Court for trainer Jeff Thornbury, Mad Flatter completed the mile and a sixteenth in 1:46.07 and paid $7.40, $3.00, and $3.00 (prices OK).  Mambo Meister, the favorite in the race, was one length behind and paid $2.20 and $2.10.  It was 5 ¼ lengths back to Stimulus Plan in third, returning $6.00 to show.

 

Winning owner/breeder’s quotes:

Bonnie Heath— “He obviously loves this racetrack. We were right here 364 days ago (after winning Spend a Buck). We went on to the Breeders’ Cup (Dirt Mile). It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for this horse, so we took the chance, but he stumbled at the start and never got in it. Jon (Court) didn’t push him after they were out of it. We’ve had a hard time getting the right races for him this year until now. The ($150,000) Carl Rose (Handicap) is coming up here next month (Nov. 12) and is an option, but we’ll have to talk to Jeffrey (Thornbury) before deciding where to go from here.”

 

Winning jockey’s quotes:

Jon Court – “When Mr. Thornbury and I discussed the race, we felt that we would run a similar race as we did last year.  We weren’t far from the lead and the speed came back to us like we thought it would.  When this horse brings his ‘A’ game he’s very tough to beat and he seems to excel even more on this track.  I’m always happy to have the opportunity to ride a horse of this caliber.”

 

Oligarch Goes Gate to Wire to Win Tropical Park Derby

 

Caroni Stable’s 3-year-old colt Oligarch won the $73,600 Tropical Park Derby in gate to wire fashion at Calder Casino & Race Course’s Festival of the Sun on Saturday for trainer Rodolfo Garcia.  Daniel Centeno was the winning jockey.

 

Oligarch took the lead early in the 1 1/8 miles turf race and never gave up the position, completing the nine panels in 1:53.64 over a course listed as “yielding.”  He held off a late challenge from Star of Sarava, defeating that one by a head.  Bringbackthemagic was another length back in third.  The even-money favorite, Manicero, finished fourth.

 

At the mutuel windows, Oligarch paid $18.80, $7.80, and $5.00.  Star of Sarava paid $3.80 and $3.20.  Bringbackthemagic returned $4.80 to show.

 

Winning trainer’s quotes:

Rodolfo Garcia — “This didn’t surprise me at all, I felt very confident going into this race.  Going a mile and an eighth with a horse that likes to go to the lead, you can set an easier pace.  When I saw 51 and one (51 1/5 seconds for the half-mile), even over the yielding course, I knew we were in business today.  I don’t know what’s next yet…I’ll look at the options.”

 

Winning jockey’s quotes:

Daniel Centeno – “When this horse ran in the Needles Stakes last time out (third on Sept. 17), he hadn’t run in two months and he wasn’t 100% fit.  He set a faster pace that day, too, and got tired.  Today he was a fitter horse and I was able to get him on the lead running comfortably.”

 

Awesome Belle Wins My Dear Girl for Jacks or Better Farm

 

Jacks or Better Farm’s homebred 2-year-old filly Awesome Belle was the 7 ½ lengths runaway winner of the $300,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course’s Festival of the Sun on Saturday.  Jockey Luis Jurado was aboard for the victory for trainer Stanley Gold.

 

Awesome Belle set the entire pace in the 1 1/16 miles contest, completing the distance in 1:47.46.  Macanuda finished second as Redbud Road – a stablemate of Awesome Belle and winner of the Desert Vixen Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes in August – came in third.

 

Awesome Belle paid $8.80, $5.00, and $4.00.  Macanuda returned $8.40 and $5.00, while Redbud Road paid $2.80 to show.  The favorite, Queen Drama, finished sixth in the field of eight.

 

 

Winning trainer’s quotes:

Stanley Gold— “She (Awesome Belle) kept finding trouble in her races (Florida Stallion Stakes) until today. We put the blinkers on her and she went to the front. No trouble today. We’ve always thought she was a good filly.”

 

(Note: Asked about the Breeders’ Cup, owner Fred Brei said, “We’ll think about it for a week and make a decision then.”)

 

Winning jockey’s quotes:

Luis Jurado – “I knew we had speed, but I wanted to see if anyone else went to the lead first.  They didn’t, so I let her take the lead. I was just surprised that the others left us alone up front.  On the backstretch, I took another hold of her and slowed the pace down even more and that left me with a lot of horse for the stretch run.  Near the quarter pole, I couldn’t wait any more and she exploded when I let her run.”


Fort Loudon Completes Sweep of Florida Stallion Stakes

Three Consecutive Series Sweeps for Jacks or Better Farm and Trainer Stanley Gold

 

Jacks or Better Farm’s homebred 2-year-old colt Fort Loudon won the $300,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday during the Festival of the Sun, giving the owner/breeder and trainer Stanley Gold an unprecedented third sweep of the prestigious series the last three years.


The team swept the filly series in 2010 with Awesome Feather, who went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Eclipse Award for her division.  In 2009, they sent out Jackson Bend to complete the sweep.  In a very good season this year, their fillies Redbud Road and Awesome Belle each won divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes; Awesome Belle winning the $300,000 My Dear Girl one race before Fort Loudon won the In Reality on Saturday.


Jockey Luis Jurado has ridden Fort Loudon to each of his Florida Stallion Stakes victories this year.  Sent off as the favorite, Fort Loudon defeated Twin by 2 ½ lengths and covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:48.29.  The race marked Fort Loudon’s first attempt at two turns.  Sarava’s Dancer, who set the early pace with Fort Loudon not far behind, finished third.

 

Fort Loudon returned $6.00, $4.40, and $3.20 to his backers.  Twin was a longshot and paid $23.60 and $6.80.  Sarava’s Dancer paid $4.20 to show.

 

Winning trainer’s quotes:

Stanley Gold — “I guess this is the icing on the cake. I thought he could do it (sweep). I need to ask Luis (Jurado) what he thought. It looked like he hesitated while he was alongside the other horse in the upper stretch before he went on and drew off. I feel so fortunate to have had these nice horses the last few years.”

 

Fred Brei (owner-breeder), when asked about the Breeders’ Cup – “We’ll see how they come back, but if they (Awesome Belle & Fort Loudon) come back okay, we’ll probably go, and Redbud Road has shown she can really scoot. They have that new sprint race for 2-year-olds ($500,000 Juvenile Sprint), so she could possibly go, too.”

 

Winning jockey’s quotes:

Luis Jurado – “When you have the best horse in the race, you can do anything you want to.  I knew Cornelio Velasquez with Sarava’s Dancer would try to steal the race up front and I couldn’t let them do that, so I kept my horse just a little off of him and saved some for the stretch. This horse is the real deal.”

 

Louvakhova Makes North American Debut

Winning One in Frances A. Genter Stakes

 

Michel Jean Zerolo’s 3-year-old filly Louvakhova was bred in Kentucky but made the first six starts of her career in France and made her North American racing debut at Calder Casino & Race Course in the Frances A. Genter Stakes on Festival of the Sun day on Saturday.  The debut was a winning one as she cruised to a 4 ¼ lengths victory in the one-mile turf test.

 

Ridden by leading jockey Luis Saez for trainer Marty Wolfson, Louvakhova covered the distance in 1:38.31, defeating Callmethesqueeze, the post time favorite.  Prize Informant finished third.  The winner paid $5.40, $3.40, and $2.80.  Callmethesqueeze returned $2.80 and $2.40, while Prize Informant paid $4.80 to show.

 

Winning trainer’s quotes:

Marty Wolfson— “She had no trouble acclimating. She only got here two weeks ago, but pretty soon after I thought she’d win this race. We’ll probably have to ship around for her next spot.”

 

Winning jockey’s quotes:

Luis Saez – “Mr. Wolfson told me to get some good position early in the race and don’t be afraid to let her run when she wants to.  She’s a classy filly and very easy to ride…when I let her go, she was full of run and had a lot left at the wire.”

 

 

 

 

 

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