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Gary Aiken’s Florida-bred 3-year-old filly Callmethesqueeze defeated five rivals to win the $74,400 Judy’s Red Shoes Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday.  She is trained by veteran horseman Manny Azpurua and was ridden to victory by jockey Jose Alvarez.

 

Callmethesqueeze covered the distance over a firm turf course in 1.43.99, finishing one length ahead of Blue Angel Express.  It was another two lengths back to Prize Informant in third place.  It marked the fourth win from nine starts for Callmethesqueeze, a daughter of Awesome Again.

 

Sent off as the post time favorite, Callmethesqueeze paid $3.20, $2.60, and $2.10.  Blue Angel Express returned $8.60 and $4.60, while Prize Informant paid $5.00.

 

Azpurua sent out two previous winners of the Judy’s Red Shoes Stakes: Miss Medallion (1998) and Mop Squeezer (1999) – the latter is the dam of Callmethesqueeze, also owned by Gary Aiken.

 

Winning trainer’s quotes:


Manny Azpurua   – “I had a lot of confidence going into this race; really, I felt there was no way she could get beat.  I think she’s very good, perhaps better on the grass, but I believe she can run on both (dirt and turf).  I don’t know about her next race yet, I’ll talk with the owner.  She didn’t run as a 2-year-old, not because of any physical issues, but mental and behavioral ones.  She was like the devil and we had to send her back to the farm twice.”

 

Winning jockey’s quotes:


Jose Alvarez – “This filly runs very good on dirt or turf, but she’s much better on the turf course, she’s three for three on the grass now.  She really had them outclassed today.  She came from a long way off the slow pace and had to circle the field on the turn and she was still full of run at the wire.”

 

 

 

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