The 1-mile $65,000 Chispiski Stakes rings in the new year as the first stakes race of the Calder meet of 2014 and showcases eight fillies making their 3-year-old debuts.
Jerome G. Bozzo Trust’s Flutterby is the only previous stakes winner entered for the Chispiski. She closed out her 2-year-old season by winning the 5 ½-furlong Cut The Charm Stakes by a length at Calder on November 16. She was fourth in the 6-furlong Cassidy Stakes at Calder in her stakes debut on September 28.
Vegso Racing Stable’s Light Bringer became stakes placed when she made her stakes debut in the 1-mile Lindsay Frolic Stakes at Calder on August 24. Since then, Light Bringer has finished off-the-board in two other stakes. She came sixth in the 1 mile-70 yard Brave Raj Stakes at Calder on September 14 and seventh in the 6 ½-furlong Juvenile Filly Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park on November 9. She most recently won a 1-mile dirt allowance at Calder on November 29 by 1 ¼ lengths over Soldi Stable, LLC’s Raising Passion. On December 21 at Calder in a 7-furlong allowance, Raising Passion finished second by ½ of a length. In that same race, All American Horses’ Tacones came up for third. Both Raising Passion and Tacones make their stakes debuts in the Chispiski.
Also making their stakes debuts in the Chispiski are Bertrell Vaz’s Shy’s Aly; Gelfenstein Farm’s Luna Santa; Miroslava Dorochenko’s Bagira; and Casner Racing, LP’s Spangled Banner.
Shy’s Aly easily broke her maiden in her most recent start at Calder in a 1-mile maiden special weight race on the turf, scoring by 7 ½ lengths on December 13. Luna Santa comes into the Chispiski off of a 1-mile allowance victory at Calder on November 10, which she scored by ¾ of a length. Bagira has not raced since August 28 when she broke her maiden at Delaware Park by 1 ¼ lengths in a 1 mile-70 yard maiden special weight race. Spangled Banner also broke her maiden in her most recent start, which came at Tampa Bay Downs on December 14, capturing a 1 mile-40 yard maiden special weight race by 5 ¼ lengths.
The Chispiski will be the eighth race and has an approximate post time of 4 p.m. Post time for the first race at Calder is 12:30 p.m.