Filled with nominations of 2-year-olds who have already made headlines and scored multiple victories in their youthful careers, the Juvenile Showcase at Calder Casino & Race Course is sure to feature “the stars of tomorrow” on Saturday, August 24.
Now in its 11th year, the Juvenile Showcase features six stakes races for 2-year-olds. Nominations for four of the stakes races – the $75,000 Lindsay Frolic Stakes, the $75,000 Catcharisingstar Stakes, the $75,000 Seacliff Stakes, and the $75,000 Calder Turf Dash Stakes – were released on Monday.
LINDSAY FROLIC STAKES
The 1-mile Lindsay Frolic Stakes for 2-year-old fillies brought 19 nominations.
Four of the nominees for the Lindsay Frolic broke their maidens their first-time-out and have not yet made their second career starts. Trainer Antonio Sano’s Bella Traviata was victorious by 2 ¾-lengths in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race at Gulfstream Park on August 4 and overcame an objection to maintain the win. Trainer Bill White’s Light Bringer reached her victory by ¾-lengths at Calder on July 28 in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race by making her move nearing the wire. Trainer Kenneth Marshall’s Redheaded Witch won a 6-furlong maiden claiming race on August 3 at Gulfstream by clearing away down the stretch to score by 2 ¼-lengths. Trainer Michael Yates’ Signofaffection held on to win by ¾-lengths in a 4 ½-furlong maiden claiming race at Calder on June 23.
Five nominees earned their first career wins in their second career outings. Trainer Stanley I. Gold’s Proverbs Thirtyone has the most stakes experience of second-time-out maiden winners. She raced in the 5 ½-furlong J J’s Dream Stakes at Calder and finished ninth before she ran in the 6-furlong Desert Vixen Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series and finished seventh. Trainer Barry Rose’s Maura’s Purse also ran in the J J’s Dream Stakes and finished sixth.
The Catcharisingstar Stakes is reserved for 2-year-old fillies and will be run at 5 furlongs on the turf. Thirty-five fillies were nominated.
Trainer Manny Azpurua’s City in Sky is 2-for-2 lifetime and leads the Catcharisingstar nominees in wins. She broke her maiden at Gulfstream on July 13 by ¾-lengths in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race. She earned her first allowance victory on August 9 at Calder, easily scoring by 3 ¼-lengths in the 5 ½-furlong race.
Trainer Antonio Sano’s Bella Traviata and trainer Michael Yates’ Signofaffection are also nominated to the Catcharisingstar. Among the nominations are other first-time-out winners who have yet to make their second career starts. Trainer Larry Pilotti’s Joann’s Wildcat cleared away to score by 2 ¾-lengths in her only career start to win a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race at Gulfstream on July 6. Trainer Kathleen O’Connell’s Secret Kitten won by 3 ¼-lengths after leading the way for much of her debut race at Calder on May 30 in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race. Trainer Milton Wolfson’s Solitary cruised to victory in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race at Gulfstream, scoring by 4 ½-lengths.
The Seacliff Stakes for 2-year-olds is set for 1 mile and has 19 horses nominated to the race.
Trainer Antonio Sano’s Brothersofthetime is the only two-time winner nominated to the Seacliff. He easily broke his maiden his first-time-out at Calder by 5 ¼-lengths in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race, then finished second in the 5 ½-furlong Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes at Calder. He won his most recent race, a 6-furlong allowance at Gulfstream, by 1 ¼-lengths on July 20.
Trainer Leo Azpurua, Jr.’s Breitling Flyer finished second to Brothersofthetime in the Gulfstream allowance and most recently placed second in a 5 ½-furlong allowance at Gulfstream on August 10. He finished fifth in the Frank Gomez Memorial after breaking his maiden first-time-out at Calder in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race. Trainer Leo Azpurua, Jr.’s Specialnightaction finished fourth to Brothersofthetime and Breitling Flyer on July 20 in only his second career start. He broke his maiden at Calder by a nose on June 15 in a maiden special weight race.
Trainer Stanley Gold’s Best Plan Yet broke his maiden by 2 lengths at Calder on August 3 in his third career appearance. He began with a fourth-place finish in the Frank Gomez Memorial then finished second in the Dr. Fager Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series. Trainer Mario Morales’ Casiguapo finished third in the Frank Gomez Memorial in his career debut, then broke his maiden impressively at Calder next-time-out by a dominant 11 lengths at 5 ½ furlongs in a maiden special weight race.
CALDER TURF DASH STAKES
The 5-furlong Calder Turf Dash Stakes for 2-year-olds drew twenty-five nominations.
Trainer David Fawkes’ Macho Trini leads all Calder Turf Dash nominees with two victories from two career starts. He broke his maiden at Calder by a length in a 4 ½-furlong maiden claiming race on June 22. He then stepped up to allowance company on August 10 at Gulfstream, and was victorious by 3 lengths over trainer Leo Azpurua, Jr.’s Breitling Flyer, who is also nominated to the Calder Turf Dash.
Trainer Wesley Ward’s Pablo Del Monte showed the rest of the field in his only career start that they were no match for him in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race in April at Keeneland Race Course. He set the pace and pulled away to score by 5 lengths. Trainer Luis Duco’s Bluegrass Derby broke his maiden by ¾-lengths in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race at Gulfstream on August 10 in his only career start. Trainer Kathleen O’Connell’s El Mono Verde broke his maiden first-time-out at Calder by a nose in a 5-furlong maiden claiming race.
Last year’s Juvenile Showcase card was held completely on the main track, as the turf stakes were taken off the turf. Headlining last year’s Juvenile Showcase winners was Itsmyluckyday. The colt, trained by Eddie Plesa, Jr. was victorious by 4 lengths in the off-the-turf Fasig Tipton Turf Dash Stakes and went on to become a graded stakes winner. He then came second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park before running in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. He also finished second in the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course during the Triple Crown series. Rose to Gold was victorious in the Lindsay Frolic Stakes and later became a multiple Grade 3-winner and ran in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Sr. Quisqueyano took the Seacliff Stakes and went on to win the Calder Derby in April.
The second legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series, the $125,000 Susan’s Girl Division and the $125,000 Affirmed Division, are the other final stakes that are featured on the Juvenile Showcase card. Horses for these two races established their eligibility earlier in the year. The Susan’s Girl is restricted to 2-year-old fillies and will be run at 7 furlongs; the Affirmed will also be held at 7 furlongs.
Entries for the 2013 Juvenile Showcase will be drawn on Monday, August 19.