Trainer Scott Lake sent Tuna Stable’s and Off The Hook Stable’s 5-year-old Pashito the Che from the mid-Atlantic to capture the 2009 edition of the Jack Dudley Sprint in his only previous start at Calder, and he is back for another run in the six-furlong test and leading jockey Luis Saez getting the call in the field of eight.
A son of Flatter, Pashito the Che has won eight of 21 career starts with seven seconds while earning $543,000, but will try to bounce back from a rough trip last out when last of eight in the Duck Dance overnight stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 5. Pashito the Che finished second in two previous starts this season in turf sprint stakes at Saratoga.
Bluestone Thoroughbreds’ 4-year-old gelding Black Diamond Cat has emerged as a major player in the local sprint division this season for trainer Larry Bates, and will attract solid backing with regular rider Juan Leyva in the saddle. The son of Wildcat Heir has three wins and four seconds in as many starts over the Calder track this season, most recently runner-up in a starter/allowance on Oct. 22.
Completing the field for the Jack Dudley Sprint are Rapputi Stable’s Ribo Bobo, Ameth Gonzalez; James Steil and Madelaine Calascibetta’s Royal Tricon, Orlando Bocachica; Sundance Stable’s Gibson, Daniel Centeno; Rontos Racing Stable’s Bull Dozer, Paco Lopez; Stride Rite Racing’s Peace At Dawn, Luis Jurado; and Sherry Parbhoo’s Onesteptogo, Jose. Alvarez.
Four Juvenile Stakes Complete Florida Million Line-Up
· $125,000 Jack Price Juvenile for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs – Maestre Racing Stable’s’s For Oby could rule the choice in a field for six with Jose A. Garcia to ride for trainer Pedro Maestre as the son of With Distinction finds an apparently softer spot after chasing Fort Loudon home third in the Dr. Fager and fifth in the Affirmed divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes series.
· $125,000 Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs – Peter Vegso’s homebred Refining will get plenty of attention in this field of seven after breaking her maiden last out at Saratoga for trainer Bill Mott and former Calder champion jockey Paco Lopez in the saddle.
· $100,000 Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on turf – Golden Halayn DeLaTorre’s Twin, Jacks or Better Farm’s Argentine Tango, and Harold Queen’s Burning Time finished second, fourth and fifth, respectively behind Fort Loudon in the $300,000 In Reality Division of the FSS series, and each will have support in this wide-open field of nine.
· $100,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on turf – Owner-trainer Luis Duco’s Macanuda with Antonio Gallardo named to ride will be among the choices after finishing second to Awesome Belle last out in the $300,000 My Dear Girl Division of the FSS. The daughter of Sweetsouthernsaint had finished second and broken her maiden in two previous starts going two turns, both races ‘off the turf’ events.