Richard Rowan's Texas homebred 2-year-old colt Machisa won the $70,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash, the first of six stakes races for 2 year olds at Calder Casino & Race Course's Juvenile Showcase on Saturday.
The longshot covered the five furlongs on firm turf in :56.51 under jockey Sebastian Madrid for trainer Juan Arias. Machisa returned $97.60, $29.40, and $10.40. Dual Exhauzt finished 5 ¼ lengths back in second, while Motin was another 2 ¾ lengths back in third.
(Because Machisa was bred in Texas, he was not eligible for funding from the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association, thus $30,000 in purse money was reverted and the total purse for this race was $70,000.)
Winning trainer's quotes:
Juan Arias - "I was expecting him to run big, being his first time on turf. Our goal was to break his maiden and then try him on grass. I trained both his sire and dam (sire Safado never raced), but they were never tried on grass. But I knew he (Machisa) would run well. He'll get a little rest now, a little freshening. I'd say we'll keep him on the turf after that performance."
Winning jockey's quotes:
Sebastian Madrid - "He just barely got up in time to break his maiden last time out and he didn't really beat much of a tough field either. Mr. Rowan and Juan Arias told me they were going to run him on the turf and he would be even better. I have to give both of them all the credit because he didn't just win, he did it impressively. He broke so sharp and his acceleration was much improved over last time."
Calder celebrates its long-standing reputation for top-notch 2-year-old racing with a day dedicated entirely to it: the Juvenile Showcase. Horses that raced at Calder as juveniles and later went on to become national champions include: Brave Raj, Cherokee Run, Hollywood Wildcat, Holy Bull, Jewel Princess, Not Surprising, Princess Rooney, Smile, Spend A Buck, and Unbridled.
For over one hundred years, the company incorporated in 1898 by William B. Fasig and Edward A. Tipton has been conducting auction sales of Thoroughbred horses. Fasig-Tipton is by many years the oldest auction company of its type in North America. Fasig-Tipton has held its Florida two-year-old sale at Calder Race Course for 20 years. Held each winter, more stakes-winning graduates have been sold at this auction than any other currently operating two-year-old in training sale. In the 2006 Fasig-Tipton sale at Calder, the world record auction price for any horse was set when The Green Monkey (then unnamed) was sold for $16 million.