Just For Fun Stable LLC’s Decisive Moment is specialized at the 1-mile distance, which the connections hope paired with his home field training advantage will lead him to a victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Grade III Miami Mile Handicap at Calder Casino & Race Course.
The Miami Mile marks Decisive Moment’s 6-year-old debut. He has not run since a seventh-place result in the 1-mile Delta Mile Stakes at Delta Downs last November.
“He has been training awesome,” said trainer Juan Arias. “Last time he ran flat over at Delta Downs and that’s the racetrack where he has done his best so that showed me signs that he needed a rest.”
Decisive Moment returned to Arias’ barn about five weeks ago after the winter layoff on the farm.
While he has spent the last two years running from allowance races to graded stakes, he has not won a race since scoring the 1-mile Delta Mile Stakes at Delta Downs in November 2011. That victory capped a well-traveled year for Decisive Moment, who won the 1-mile Jean Lafitte Stakes at Delta that January and placed second in the Grade III Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park before running in the Grade I Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Both Delta victories were won in front-running style. In total for the year he ran at eight different tracks, some multiple times.
“I want him to run back to his numbers and I want to see him run back to his style, which is a free-runner,” said Arias. “We’re going to turn him loose tomorrow and see what happens. Turf or dirt, he’s still going to dance.”
The multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed horse started his career at Calder in 2010 where he broke his maiden first time out, and has made nine career appearances at Calder. His most recent appearance at Calder was last May in the 1 1/6-mile Memorial Handicap on the dirt, where he finished third after setting the pace and keeping the lead until the stretch run. He finished fifth in the 1-mile off-the-turf Miami Mile in 2012. His best stakes placings at Calder were back in 2011 – a win in the 1 mile-70 yard El Kaiser Stakes and a second-place finish in the 1-mile off-the-turf Naked Greed Stakes.
“He’s acting more mature than he did in the past when he was younger but he’s shown me that he’s still got the spirit,” said Arias. “We’ll see it tomorrow.”
Jockey Wesley Henry has the call aboard Decisive Moment for the Miami Mile, which has an approximate post time of 4 p.m. as the seventh race. They will break from post position eight.