While trainer Stanley Gold has been in the midst of a relatively quiet year with his juvenile horses, at least when compared to previous years when he had won 11 of 18 Florida Stallion Stakes, all that could change at Calder on Sunday with the seventh-race unveiling of the 2-year-old filly Sequoyah Hills.
A daughter of Hear No Evil, Sequoyah Hills is out of the mare Sexy Stockings, which makes her a full-sister to 2009 Stallion Stakes sweeper, and subsequent two-time Grade 1 winner, Jackson Bend, who was trained by Gold during his memorable 2-year-old season.
Sequoyah Hills is also a half-sister to the lesser known mare Garter Belt, who was a two-time stakes winner in 2009, winning the $75,000 Green Oaks Stakes at Delta Downs and the $55,000 Regal Gal Stakes at Calder.
Sequoyah Hills will be unveiled from post 11 on Sunday, where she will be ridden by Joe Rodriguez. The filly is listed at 8-1 in the morning line for the 6 ½-furlong dash in which the 3-1 morning-line choice is So Blessed, who is twice stakes-placed having crossed the wire third in the Florida Stallion Stakes Desert Vixen Division and most recently the Catcharisingstar Stakes.
SANCHEZ TO SECOND AFTER FRIDAY DOUBLE
After winning two races on Wednesday and three on Thursday, jockey Hugo Sanchez returned to the winner’s circle twice Friday, placing himself, at least for the moment, within striking range of jockey Luis Saez, who sits atop the riding table after the first 10 days of the Tropical Meet.
Entering the Saturday program at Calder, Saez had won with 22 of his 60 starters, with Sanchez trailing by just five in the win column with 17 victories from just 53 mounts.
Currently a five-pound apprentice, Sanchez won the first two races of his career on April 19 and carried that success throughout the Calder Meet where the young Peruvian rider finished fifth in that meet’s standings with 44 wins from 311 starters.
Also doubling on Friday was jockey Manoel Cruz, who trails Sanchez by six wins in the Tropical table.
RIOS NAMED SEPTEMBER JOCKEY OF THE MONTH
Following a four-week period of quality riding with 13 wins from just 52 starters, including stakes wins in the $75,000 Lindsay Frolic Stakes with Rose to Gold and the $55,000 Eillo Stakes with Tripski, jockey Jesus Rios has been named Calder Casino & Race Course jockey of the month for September.
Rios will be honored in the Calder winner’s circle following the third race on Saturday, September 22.