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Maiden Favored Over Winners in Sunday Feature

Tags: Racing News | September 29, 2012

Despite being winless in 10 career starts and having to face a field of foes that have all posed for a winner’s circle photo, Rose Family Stable’s Joshua’s Comprise has been deemed the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s feature race at Calder Casino & Race Course, an entry-level allowance for 2-year-olds to be run at the distance of one mile.

Trained by Barry Rose, Joshua’s Comprise has hit the board in six of his 10 outings and is three-times stakes-placed having finished second in both the Affirmed Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes and the Frank Gomez Memorial in addition to a third in the Foolish Pleasure Stakes in his most recent outing.

In all three of those stakes, Joshua’s Comprise crossed the wire ahead of fellow Sunday rival Billos Boy, although the Brenda Tabraue, Juan Landeata, and Andrea’ Farm-owned colt was a five-length maiden winner on June 3 in a race where he bested that day’s fourth-place finisher, Joshua’s Comprise, by 8 ½ lengths.

Trained by Daniel Pita, Billos Boy was last seen finishing sixth in the Foolish Pleasure.

Additional combatants in the Sunday feature include recent stakes participants Kanturk Kid, who won at first asking and was seventh in the Foolish Pleasure; Sexy Boy, a maiden winner two starts ago that crossed the wire ninth in the Foolish Pleasure; and Full Moon’s Back, a colt that prevailed over a sloppy track in his debut and was most recently seventh in the Fasig-Tipton Dash.

Dad’z Laugh and Hear Me Comin, both of which exit a maiden-breaking win, fill out the field for the Sunday feature, which goes early on the day as race four.

STAKES WINNERS WORK SATURDAY

While several of the also-rans from the Foolish Pleasure will compete on Sunday, that race’s winner, the Eddie Plesa, Jr.-trained Itsmyluckyday, worked a half-mile in :48.60 at Calder on Saturday morning. The son of Lawyer Ron is a two-time stakes winner at the meet, adding a win in the Fasig-Tipton Dash to his Foolish Pleasure score.

Plesa also sent his sixth-place Affirmed Stakes finisher Dixie High to the main track Saturday to work one mile in 1:48.60, while the conditioner’s recent Monmouth Park maiden special weight winner Speak Logistics covered the same distance in 1:48.

Trainer Dave Fawkes had his three-time local stakes winner Cash Rules on the track Saturday morning to work five furlongs in 1:02.40. The son of Peace Rules won the Sumter Stakes in early May and has prevailed in each of his last two races, the Band Is Passing Stakes and the Darn That Alarm Handicap.

Another three-time stakes winner at Calder this year made a morning appearance Saturday as the Luis Duco-trained Empire Builder worked five furlongs in 1:01.60. After winning the Mambo Meister, the American Dreamer, and the Naked Greed, the son of Kitten’s Joy was a disappointing second in the Needles Stakes in his last start.

Arapahoe Park invader Hansel Tazwell made his first Calder appearance on Saturday when working three furlongs in :37.20 for trainer Chris Van Culin. The son of A.P Warrior has made four starts during his career, all in Colorado, most recently crossing the wire fifth in the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity.