The post time favorites for Saturday’s stakes races at Calder Casino & Race Course did not disappoint, as Angelica Zapata earned her third-straight stakes victory with a win in the $50,000 Capano Handicap; while R Free Roll scored her second-career stakes victory with a win in the $50,000 Bold World Handicap.
In the Capano, which was run over 1 1/16 miles on the turf for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, the Herman Van Den Broeck-owned Angelica Zapata and jockey Juan Leyva let Miss Montreal go to the early lead; while they followed the pace closely in second. They began to clear away from the rest of the horses into the final turn; and, as Miss Montreal remained in the lead, Angelica Zapata tried to stay with her. They separated a bit down the stretch, until Angelica Zapata surged forward and took control, taking the lead and clearing ahead. They held off the closing Sure Route (GB) to score the Capano by a length.
Fractional times in the race were: 23.70, :47.84, 1:10.83, and 1:34.31, with a final time of 1:40.29.
“I said, ‘Juan, you were trying to make us a little nervous on the turn,’” said Pellegrini. “He said she was slipping behind and she couldn’t pick the track up, and he said I’d better just kind of chill out a little bit and wait until getting in the straightaway. He said once they came in the stretch and she switched leads, she just took off.”
Angelica Zapata’s victory in the Capano was her third-straight stakes win. On July 20 at Calder, Angelica Zapata came up to win the 1-mile Nancy’s Glitter Handicap by ¾ of a length. She then won the 1 1/16-mile Wasted Tears Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream Park by 1 ¼ lengths on August 31.
“This filly is a monster,” said Leyva. “She is doing really well right now, and (Trainer) Ron (Pellegrini) is doing a beautiful job with her.”
Angelica Zapata brought $5.80, $3.80, and $3.20 for the win, while Sure Route (GB) paid $7.20 and $5.40 for place, and Miss Montreal returned $5.40 for show.
Completing the order of finish were Sisterhood; Glamour N Glory; Team; Swear Me In; Topazio; Ann of the Dance; Malibu Red; Channel Eleven; and La De Andrea (VEN).
BOLD WORLD HANDICAP
In the 6-furlong Bold World for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, the Averill Racing LLC and Silver Oak Stable LLC-owned R Free Roll and jockey Antonio Gallardo quickly went for the lead after breaking fourth and remained in front throughout. Their main contender, up until the wire, was Heart Stealer, who raced behind R Free Roll on her outside. R Free Roll and Heart Stealer separated themselves from the rest of the field; and, as R Free Roll moved ahead, Heart Stealer stayed with her the entire way, but R Free Roll held on in command and won by a length.
“She is a nice filly. She loves this track,” said Gallardo. “She broke very sharp from the gate today. She went to the lead very easily, and I tried to keep her under control all the time. I knew I had the number nine (Heart Stealer) outside of me. When she tried to move, I tried to move before she got me.”
Fractional times in the Bold World were: 22.34, :45.55, and :57.62, with a final time of 1:10.36.
R Free Roll’s victory in the Bold World was just her second career stakes victory. She easily scored her first career stakes victory at Calder on June 8 by 6 ¾ lengths in the 6-furlong Unbridled Stakes against the boys her same age.
“She did good,” said trainer Ralph Ziadie. “I ran against the girls and I think she is better than the girls. My main thing – hopefully she comes out of the race good tomorrow. My important thing always with racing is that they come out of the race good.”
R Free Roll paid $5.20, $3.20, and $2.40 for first. Heart Stealer returned $3.60 and $2.80 for second, while Centrique brought $2.80 for third.
Rounding out the order of finish were Appealing Stella; Pure Legacy; Isabelle’s Thunder; and Lets Go Donna. Bringingdown Babel and Tillie the Tigress were scratched.