Nominations for four of the six stakes to be presented as part of the annual Juvenile Showcase program at Calder Casino & Race Course on August 25 were released earlier in the week with 82 individual 2-year-olds nominated to run.
The $75,000 Catcharisingstar attracted the most attention of the four races as 31 2-year-old fillies were made eligible for the five-furlong grassy dash. The $75,000 Lindsay Frolic Stakes, for juvenile fillies at one mile on the main track, drew 26 nominees, while the five-furlong $75,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash had 20 nominees and 18 horses nominated to the one-mile $75,000 Seacliff Stakes.
Leading the overall list of nominees is Rosa Taveras’ Sr. Quisqueyano, nominated to the Seacliff Stakes by trainer Luis Olivares. The son of Exclusive Quality is unbeaten in two local starts, winning those races by a combined 15 lengths including a 12 ¼-length triumph over allowance rivals in his most recent outing.
Richard Ravin’s recent Tyro Stakes winner Rip Roarin Ritchie is counted among the list of Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash nominees. Trained by Wesley Ward, the son of Bring the Heat broke his maiden on the turf at Churchill Downs prior to his Tyro triumph over the Monmouth Park grass course.
Rip Roarin Ritchie shipped to Calder on August 11.
Although just a maiden winner, Frank C. Calabrese’s Dreaming of Sophia may be the filly headliner in the Lindsay Frolic. Trained by Luis Ramirez, the homebred daughter of Lewis Michael disappointed when fourth in her career debut but has since returned to post a visually impressive 6 ¼-length maiden-breaking victory on August 5.
Our Sugar Bear Stable’s stakes-placed So Blessed, Joker Racing, LLC’s impressive maiden winner Wholelotaroyalty, and Luis Duco Stables, Inc.’s allowance runner-up Silver Sandles share top-billing among the juvenile fillies that are possible for a start in the Catcharisingstar.
Trained by David Braddy, So Blessed is winless in two career starts but was a good third in the Desert Vixen Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. The Alfred McIntosh-trained Wholelotaroyalty broke through for a commanding 7 ½-length win in his last, while the Luis Duco-conditioned Silver Sandles won by five lengths at first asking before returning to finish second in an August 12 entry-level allowance.
Including the previously mentioned Rip Roarin Ritchie, there are a handful of out-of-town horses scattered amongst the list of Juvenile Showcase nominees.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has Wildcat Angie nominated to both the Catcharisingstar and the Lindsay Frolic. The Florida-bred daughter of Wildcat Heir broke her maiden at Churchill on June 8 before returning to finish sixth in the $150,000 Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Conditioner Tevis McCauley has nominated a pair of his well-traveled 2-year-old runners to Juvenile Showcase stakes, as both the colt Law Dog and the filly Zip Cash Back have made the respective nomination lists for the Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash and the Catcharisingstar.
Law Dog has competed at four tracks in his four-race career, breaking his maiden at Indiana Downs two starts ago before heading west for the $100,000 Graduation Stakes at Del Mar where he crossed the wire fifth. Zip Cash Back has fared a bit better in her ‘four races at four different tracks’ career, as the daughter of City Zip followed a maiden-breaking win on the grass at Indiana Downs with a winning run in the $50,000 Tippett Stakes on the turf at Colonial Downs.
In addition to the four aforementioned stakes, the Juvenile Showcase will also feature the middle legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes as both the $125,000 estimated Susan’s Girl Division for fillies and the $125,000 estimated Affirmed Division will be run.
Entries for the Juvenile Showcase will be taken Monday, August 20.