The first two races of the Florida Stallion Stakes (FSS) at Calder Casino & Race Course, the $75,000 estimated Dr. Fager Division for 2-year-olds and the $75,000 estimated Desert Vixen Division for 2-year-old fillies, are set for Saturday, July 20, along with the $75,000 Nancy’s Glitter Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
The Florida Stallion Stakes was created to promote Florida-bred Thoroughbreds and the $5 billion industry that supports them. Now in its 32nd year at Calder, the annual series features six stakes races for 2-year-olds with estimated total purses of $1 million.
FLORIDA STALLION STAKES: DR. FAGER DIVISION
Gilbert G. Campbell’s My Brown Eyed Guy broke his maiden at Calder in a 6-furlong maiden special weight race by 1 ¾-lengths on July 6 after finishing second in his career debut by a nose at 5 furlongs in a maiden special weight race at Calder on June 15 and looks for his first stakes win in the 6-furlong Dr. Fager on the main track. Eduardo Nunez keeps the mount.
Kathleen Amaya & Raffaele Centofanti’s Copa Del Rey finished second to My Brown Eyed Guy on July 6 in his second career start. He made his debut in the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes and finished tenth. Edgard Zayas is named aboard.
Carlos Oyola’s Party in the Sky broke his maiden by 1 ¼-lengths in a 4 ½-furlong maiden claiming race at Gulfstream Park on July 6. Joe Rodriguez retains the ride.
Sandra New’s Steve finished second by 1 ¼-lengths in his career debut at Calder in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race. Juan Leyva remains aboard. Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Kid Pichongo finished seventh in that same race. John Delgado is named to ride.
Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Best Plan Yet made his career debut in the 5 ½-furlong Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes at Calder on June 22 and finished fourth. Jeffrey Sanchez is slated to ride Best Plan Yet.
Signal Hill Farms’ Hearty Congrats finished fourth in his only career race in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race at Gulfstream. Sebastian Madrid keeps the mount.
Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Arango finished sixth in his career debut in a maiden claiming race at Calder before finishing fifth in a maiden special weight race at Gulfstream. Diego Gomez picks up the ride.
Chester A. Bishop, Fawkes Racing, Inc. and Donald A. Stetler’s Moonwalker makes his career debut in the Dr. Fager. Jose Luis Cruz has the mount aboard Moonwalker. Alex and Joanne Lieblong’s Trapnall Hall also makes his debut in the Dr. Fager. Pedro Monterrey, Jr. is slated to ride.
The Dr. Fager is scheduled as race 6 with an approximate post time of 3:05 p.m.
FLORIDA STALLION STAKES: DESERT VIXEN DIVISION
Gilbert G. Campbell’s In Luv With Willie has two second-place finishes in two career starts and looks to earn her first career victory in the 6-furlong Desert Vixen on the main track. She rallied for second in the 5 ½-furlong J J’s Dream Stakes at Calder on June 22 after racing off the pace to finish 1 ½-lengths behind the winner and also ran second in her career debut. Pedro Monterrey, Jr. is back aboard the filly. Gilbert G. Campbell’s Scandalous Act finished seventh in the J J’s Dream after easily breaking her maiden by 6 ½-lengths in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder. Eduardo Nunez retains the mount.
Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Proverbs Thirtyone finished second to Scandalous Act in her career debut before breaking her maiden in wire-to-wire fashion in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder. She then finished ninth in the J J’s Dream Stakes. Jeffrey Sanchez picks up the mount.
Pinnacle Racing Stables, H. Jack Hendricks and Roger and Roger L. Justice’s Holiday Magic broke her maiden first time out by 3 ½-lengths in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder on June 30. Juan Leyva is named to ride the filly again.
Ione and Herbert Elkins’ Golden Friendships finished second by 2 ½-lengths in her career debut in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder on July 6. Sebastian Madrid picks up the mount.
Paul Stein’s Quinnkat finished second in his only career race, which came in a 4 ½-furlong maiden claiming race at Calder. Luca Panici has the mount.
Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Fantastic Voyage finished sixth in her career debut at 5 ½-furlongs in a maiden special weight race at Calder. Diego Gomez is named on the filly.
Sherry & Lisa Racing, LLC’s Princess Emily makes her career debut in the Desert Vixen. Edgard Zayas is named on Princess Emily.
The Desert Vixen is scheduled as race 8 on the card with an approximate post time of 3:59 p.m.
MORE ON THE FLORIDA STALLION STAKES
The middle legs of the FSS will be held on Saturday, August 24 during Calder's Juvenile Showcase, which remains a unique day with every race that afternoon created for 2-year-olds. In addition to the Affirmed and Susan’s Girl Divisions of the FSS, four additional stakes, each with a purse of $75,000 will further accentuate the lucrative day. With a rich history of producing Eclipse Award champions, the 11th annual Juvenile Showcase highlights Calder's continuing commitment to its 2-year-old program.
The finale of the series, the $300,000 estimated My Dear Girl Division and $300,000 estimated In Reality Division will be held on Saturday, October 12 during Calder’s Festival of the Sun. Steeped in Florida racing tradition, the Festival has a recent history of producing Eclipse Award winners with Awesome Feather and Big Drama both completing their sweeps of the FSS before moving on to future successes in the Breeders’ Cup. In recent years, Awesome Belle, Fort Loudon, Mad Flatter, and Mambo Meister also made Breeders’ Cup appearances following their victories.
NANCY’S GLITTER HANDICAP
Tony’s Investments LLC’s My Pal Chrisy finished third in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap on July 6 at Calder and returns two weeks later in the hopes of earning her first stakes win in 2013 in the Nancy’s Glitter Handicap, to be run at one mile on the main track. My Pal Chrisy has three third-place finishes in 2013 out of five starts. Her most recent stakes victory came in the Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap at Calder last November, a 1 1/16-mile stake which she has won twice. She finished fourth in last year’s running of the Nancy’s Glitter. Luca Panici has the mount.
Ron Hendrickson’s French Politics and Farnsworth Stables, LLC’s Centrique finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Princess Rooney. In their start in a 6 ½-furlong allowance optional claiming race on the main track at Calder, French Politics defeated Centrique by 3 ½-lengths. Hugo Sanchez remains aboard French Politics while Eduardo Nunez retains the mount on Centrique.
Herman Van Den Broeck’s Angelica Zapata is the reigning champion of the Nancy’s Glitter and is back to defend her title in the race. In 2012, Angelica Zapata won the Nancy’s Glitter, which was held at 1 1/16-miles at the time, by blowing away the field as the post-time favorite by 9 lengths after gaining the lead on the far turn. The race was part of her four-race stakes winning streak at Calder. She finished third in the 7 ½-furlong Hollywood Wildcat Stakes on turf in her most recent start and fourth in the 6-furlong U Can Do It Handicap on dirt in her 2013 debut. Juan Leyva remains aboard Angelica Zapata.
Stride Rite Racing Stable, Inc.’s Frolic’s Revenge finished ninth in the Hollywood Wildcat; her most recent victory came by 4 ½-lengths in a 1-mile allowance on the dirt at Calder the race before, in which My Pal Chrisy finished third. Edgard Zayas retains the mount.
J D Farms’ Prize Informant won the Regal Gal Stakes at Calder in 2011 and has yet to win a stakes race since. Her most recent victory came in a 7-furlong allowance optional claiming race by 1 ½-lengths at Gulfstream Park in January. Guarionex Rivera has the mount aboard Prize Informant.
IAB Stables’ Courtney Ryan makes her stakes debut in the Nancy’s Glitter. She won a 1 mile-70 yards starter optional claiming race at Calder two starts ago. Antonio Gallardo picks up the mount.
The Nancy’s Glitter will be run as race 7 with an approximate post time of 3:32 p.m.
Post time for the first race at Calder is 12:50 p.m.