Race of the Week 2017

Calder: Callmethesqueeze, Battle of Love Work

Gary Aiken’s Callmethesqueeze and M E S Stable’s Battle of Love finished second and third, respectively, last out in the $75,000 Crystal Rail Stakes on Aug. 20 at Calder Casino & Race Course, a race forced off turf and run on a ‘good’ main track, and the two 3-year-old fillies breezed Saturday morning for a probable rematch in next Saturday’s $75,000 Judy’s Red Shoes Stakes, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Callmethesqueeze is a daughter of Awesome Again trained by Manny Azpurua, Jr. and was timed a half-mile in 49 1/5. She was beaten just a half-length by Farnsworth Stable’s Nasty Rumor in the Crystal Rail and will likely face that rival again Saturday.

Battle of Love is a daughter of A.P. Warrior trained by Henry Collazo and was the odds-on favorite in the Crystal Rail after finishing first in five straight races at the meet, although disqualified from one victory.  She was timed five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 Saturday morning.

Also on the busy Saturday morning work tab was Caroni Stable’s 3-year-old colt Oligarch with an easy half-mile in 51 3/5 for trainer Rodolfo Garcia. The son of Congrats will be a contender in the $75,000 Needles Stakes, companion event to the Judy’s Red Shoes, after a sharp allowance victory over the Calder course on July 15.


Saez & Sano Coast Alone on Top of Calder Standings


Although the Calder Meet continues through September 30 before the Tropical Meet commences and runs through Dec. 2, the trophies can be sent to the engraver anytime with jockey Luis Saez and trainer Antonio Sano continuing to dominate the standings going into the weekend.

Saez is the defending Calder Meet champion as he out-finished veteran Manoel Cruz to win the 2010 title 142-130, but leads his closest rival this season by more than 50 victories at 125-72 over Jose Alvarez. Fernando Jara has found his niche here this summer currently ranked third in the standings with 67 wins, followed by Juan Leyva fourth at 63, and Luis Jurado fifth with 49.

Leyva is on the road Saturday as he will ride Pinnacle Racing and Bill Kaplan’s 4-year-old filly Musical Romance in the $400,000 Presque Isla Masters (G2) at Presque Isle Downs near Erie, Pa. Musical Romance has won three stakes at this Calder Meet and finished second by a neck in the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (G1) on Summit of Speed day, July 9 in another top effort.

Sano is atop the trainers’ leader board with 41 wins, 19 more than closest rival Bisnath Parboo second with 22, although Sano has sent out more than twice the number of starters (224-96). Sano is bidding for his first title here since arriving from his native Venezuela where he had considerable success. Henry Collazo is third in the standings with 21 tallies and Bill White and Joe Calascibetta are tied for fourth with 20 apiece.





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