Centaur Farms, Inc.’s Megamove, a rapidly developing 4-year-old that has won three of his last six starts, will step up to stakes company for the first time in his career when starting in the $55,000 Sumter Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Sunday.
Trained by Ron Spatz, Megamove showed some signs of promise early in his career, but it took the son of High Cotton nine tries to break his maiden, finally busting through with a nose victory in mid-April of last year.
After a few competitive allowance attempts, the colt visited the winner’s circle again when a front-running victor at Calder in early August, and has since returned with a second-level allowance triumph at Calder in October and a convincing December win at Gulfstream Park, both of which were achieved while leading throughout.
Megamove, who was last seen finishing second to Grade 2 winner Pants on Fire at Gulfstream in February, will start from post five in the Sumter and will be ridden by Paco Lopez.
Luis Duco Stables, Inc.’s Empire Builder, third-place finisher on the Calder turf in the Grade 3 Miami Mile Handicap on April 20, is scheduled for a return to dirt in Saturday’s Sumter, where he will begin his one mile and 70-yard journey from post four under Jesus Rios.
A two-time main-track stakes winner last year, besting subsequent Grade 3 winner Csaba in the $55,000 Mambo Meister Stakes before returning to take the $55,000 American Dreamer by 4 ¾ lengths, Empire Builder enters the Sumter on an uncharacteristic nine-race losing streak, having last gotten his picture taken after a two-length turf triumph in the Naked Greed last August.
Miller Racing, LLC’s Canadian Mistress, a 5-year-old mare scheduled to meet male rivals in the Sumter, will start from post three under Edgard Zayas.
Trained by Marty Wolfson, Canadian Mistress is Grade 3-placed, having finished third in the 2012 running of the Rampart at Gulfstream, and hasn’t competed since crossing the wire second in last year’s running of the $75,000 Nancy’s Glitter Handicap.
Other notables in the Sumter include Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Argentine Tango, second in a Calder third-level optional claiming allowance in his last start, and Sandra Brown’s Two Is to Many, the winner of that previously mentioned local allowance.
Completing the field is Dr. Derek and Kimberly Paul’s Sky Venture, Blackacre Farms, Inc.’s Flatter This, and Emmy Gaffney and Jessica Savin’s Rule Number Six.
The Sumter Stakes is scheduled as the seventh race on an eight-race Sunday program at Calder, with an approximate post time of 3:39 p.m.