Owner/trainer Jose Pinchin's 2-year-old Florida-bred filly Ayoumilove won the $90,000 Catcharisingstar Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course's Juvenile Showcase on Saturday, defeating the Kentucky-bred Daisey Lee by 1 ½ lengths. No More Yogi's finished 1 ¾ lengths back in third.
Ayoumilove, twice a winner on dirt at five furlongs, was making her turf debut in the Catcharisingstar and completed the five panels over the firm course in :57.15 under leading jockey Luis Saez. She paid $8.60, $5.60, and $3.80.
The Catcharisingstar Stakes was the third of six stakes on Calder's Juvenile Showcase program. $10,000 in FTBOA money was reverted in this race due to a non-Florida-bred finishing in an awarded position. The total purse was $90,000.
Winning trainer's quotes:
Jose Pinchin - "I knew she'd win today. She has some turf pedigree and I was looking forward to trying her on the turf and I wanted to shorten her up (distance). She's eligible for the Florida Stallion Stakes, but this was an easier spot and I didn't want to go up against the champion (referring to the undefeated filly Awesome Feather, morning line favorite for the Susan's Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes later in the program)."
Winning jockey's quotes:
Luis Saez - "This filly showed speed running on the main track, but today she was doing better just sitting back and making one big run in the stretch. I think turf is going to be the best thing for her and even better when she runs longer races."
Calder celebrates its long-standing reputation for top-notch 2-year-old racing with a day dedicated entirely to it: the Juvenile Showcase. Horses that raced at Calder as juveniles and later went on to become national champions include: Brave Raj, Cherokee Run, Hollywood Wildcat, Holy Bull, Jewel Princess, Not Surprising, Princess Rooney, Smile, Spend A Buck, and Unbridled.
About the name, Catcharisingstar:
Connections to horses running in this race on Juvenile Showcase day hope the name proves to be prophetic. The Catcharisingstar Stakes is one of the races held on a day dedicated entirely to 2 year olds at Calder.