Juddmonte Farms, Inc.’s homebred Group 1-winning colt Mutual Trust headlines a large and competitive group of turf runners that will convene on the Calder Casino & Race Course grass course Saturday for the 26th running of the $125,000 Grade 3 Miami Mile Handicap, the first graded stakes of the season at Calder.
Trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott, Mutual Trust began his career in France under the tutelage of legendary trainer André Fabre, who led the son of Cacique across the wire first in each of his first four starts, culminating with a triumph in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly in July of last year.
Shipped this side of the pond following a disappointing 10th-place finish in the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois in August, Mutual Trust made his stateside debut this January in the Grade 3 Fort Lauderdale where he crossed the wire sixth as the failed favorite before being placed fifth via disqualification to the original runner-up. The colt has since returned to finish a puzzlingly poor seventh in the Grade 3 Canadian Turf.
Assigned the high weight in the Miami Mile field at 119 pounds, Mutual Trust will be ridden from post seven by Fernando Jara, who won the first stakes of the Calder Meet last weekend when capturing the $150,000 Calder Derby aboard Good Morning Diva.
Bruno Schickendanz’s 8-year-old gelding Yummy With Butter, most recently a troubled fourth in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, will look to win the third graded stakes of his blue-collar career when starting form post 10 in the Miami Mile for trainer Yvon Belsoeur.
Bred in Ontario, Yummy With Butter competed exclusively at Woodbine through the first four seasons of his racing career, winning his May 2007 debut against $12,500 maiden-claiming rivals before ascending to stakes-winner following a 2009 victory in the $125,000 Overskate Stakes. The gelding left his home province for the first time in 2011 and within months became a two-time Grade 3 winner on turf, prevailing in both the Oceanport Stakes and the Cliff Hanger Stakes on the Monmouth Park green.
Second in the Grade 3 Fort Lauderdale before being disqualified to sixth for interference in the stretch, Yummy With Butter will be ridden for the first time by jockey Elvis Trujillo in Saturday’s race. Trujillo won the 2011 edition of the Miami Mile aboard Successful Mission.
Shamrock Farm’s Monument Hill, second to 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in a top-shelf turf allowance at Gulfstream on February 18, will look to keep his amazing 16-for-16 in-the-money streak alive when asked to negotiate the Miami Mile from post 12.
Trained by George Weaver, Monument Hill was an allowance winner at Gulfstream in mid-January, and following his February encounter with Animal Kingdom the son of Royal Academy returned to finish third in the Grade 3 Appleton. Joe Bravo has the riding assignment aboard the 6-year-old gelding, who has never finished worse than third.
Other Miami Mile entrants of note include Live Oak Plantation’s Za Approval, a recent allowance winner at Gulfstream for trainer Christophe Clement; Just For Fun Stable, Inc.’s Decisive Moment, a respectable sixth in the Grade 3 Appleton, his first try on turf; Henco Inc. and Four Horsemen Racing Stable’s Tannersville, the Henry Collazo-trained hero of the 2010 Calder Derby and a four-time winner over the Calder grass course; and JMJ Racing Stables, LLC’s Upgrade, who defeated subsequent Aqueduct stakes winner Mahubo in his most recent start.
Completing the field for the Miami Mile are Celtic Affair Stable’s Sette E Mezzo, Brooklyn Farm and M and M Racing Stable, LLC’s Chinglish, Shivananda Racing’s Ducduc, Boice Brook Stable’s Perfect Footprint, and Stipa Racing Stable, Inc.’s Numb Lips.
Jessica Colon’s Imperial Czar and Brooklyn Farm’s It’s Never to Late are listed on the also-eligible list for the race.
The $125,000 Grade 3 Miami Mile Handicap will go as the 10th race on a 12-race Saturday program with an approximate post time of 5:10 p.m. First race post-time is 12:55 p.m.