Gilbert G. Campbell’s dominant duo of My Brown Eyed Guy and Scandalous Act are on par to sweep the Florida Stallion Stakes Series and will most likely be the post-time favorites for the series’ final legs, set for this Saturday at Calder Casino & Race Course during the Festival of the Sun.
My Brown Eyed Guy is entered for the $300,000 In Reality division for two-year-olds, while Scandalous Act is entered in the $300,000 My Dear Girl division for two-year-old fillies. Both races will be run at 1 1/16 mile on the main track as the final legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series. Two other stakes races are listed on the Festival of the Sun card, the $70,000 Tropical Park Derby for three-year-olds, scheduled for 1⅛ miles on the turf, and the $70,000 Frances A. Genter Stakes for three-year-old fillies, scheduled for one mile on the turf.
$70,000 TROPICAL PARK DERBY
A full field of 12 is entered for the Tropical Park Derby.
Groupo 7C Racing Stable’s Grand Tito scored his first career stakes victory in a dead heat on July 20 at Gulfstream in the 1 1/16-mile Showing Up Stakes on the turf. He has yet to hit the board in his stakes appearances since. He came in fifth in the 7 ½-furlong Naked Greed Stakes on the turf at Calder on August 3 and most recently finished seventh in the Grade 3 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park on September 7.
Crossed Sabres Farm’s Midnight Cello settled for second in the 1 1/16-mile Needles Stakes on the turf at Calder on September 14 during the Festival Preview. Herman Van Den Broeck’s Offlee Fast finished third, while Lone Stable LLC’s Boy of Summer came fifth and Burt Epperson and James Randolph’s Padilla finished sixth. They all return for the Tropical Park Derby. Boy of Summer is the only stakes winner among them, with a victory in the Journeyman Stud Sophomore Turf Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in April.
Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey’s Amen Kitten has finished off-the-board in three Grade 3 stakes appearances and one Grade 1 appearance in his career. He came third in the 1 ½-mile Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Colonial Downs on July 13. He is still in search of his first career stakes victory. Pinnacle Racing Stables’ Uptown Anthem is also looking for his first stakes victory. He has not appeared in a stakes race since March.
Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Ayrton; Running Star Racing Stable and Baby Giant Racing’s Manzutti; Donald R. Dizney’s Colossians; Kathleen Amaya & Raffaele Centofanti’s Grad Student; and Wesley A. Ward’s Cantinero all make their stakes debuts in the Tropical Park Derby.
The Tropical Park Derby kicks off the stakes action on the card as the sixth race with an approximate post time of 3:00 p.m.
$300,000 FLORIDA STALLION STAKES: MY DEAR GIRL DIVISION
Scandalous Act is among a field of eight for the My Dear Girl. She dominated the second leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series, the seven-furlong Susan’s Girl division, by 8 ¾ lengths at Calder on August 24. One race prior, she cruised to victory in the series’ first leg, the six-furlong Desert Vixen division, by 7 ½ lengths at Calder on July 20. Her only career loss came with a seventh-place finish in her stakes debut in the 5 ½-furlong J J’s Dream Stakes at Calder on June 22. She easily broke her maiden first time out by 6 ½ lengths in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder on May 18.
Paul Stein’s Quinnkat first settled for third against Scandalous Act in the Desert Vixen before coming up for second in the Susan’s Girl. Pinnacle Racing Stables, H. Jack Hendricks, and Roger L. Justice’s Holiday Magic came up for second in the Desert Vixen then ran third in the Susan’s Girl. In their most recent start, Holiday Magic defeated Quinnkat by 4 ¼ lengths in the one mile-70 yards Brave Raj Stakes on Festival Preview day at Calder on September 14.
Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Fantastic Voyage finished fifth in the Susan’s Girl, after coming in fourth in the Desert Vixen. She has yet to break her maiden. Ione and Herbert Elkins’ Golden Friendships ran sixth in the Desert Vixen in her only career stakes appearance. She most recently broke her maiden at Calder by 1 ¼ lengths in a one-mile maiden special weight race on September 21.
N. T. S. Stable, Inc.’s Solitary broke her maiden first time out by 4 ½ lengths at Gulfstream on July 27 in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race, before finishing third in the five-furlong Catcharisingstar Stakes on the turf at Calder on August 24. She ran ninth in her most recent race at Gulfstream in a six-furlong allowance on September 22.
Copper Water Thoroughbred Company’s Old Wives Tale and Starship Stables’ Starship Sassy make their stakes debuts in the My Dear Girl.
The My Dear Girl is scheduled as the seventh race with an approximate post time of 3:30 p.m.
$300,000 FLORIDA STALLION STAKES: IN REALITY DIVISION
Nine horses are entered along with My Brown Eyed Guy for the In Reality. My Brown Eyed Guy has the most stakes wins to his name among all horses entered. He went ahead to win his first career stakes race by 3 ¼ lengths over Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Best Plan Yet in the first leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series, the Dr. Fager division, which was held at six furlongs at Calder on July 20. He returned one race later to defeat Best Plan Yet again with a 2 ¼-length victory in the second leg of the series, the Affirmed division, which was run at seven furlongs at Calder on August 24. My Brown Eyed Guy’s first career victory came in his second career start in a 6-furlong maiden special weight race on July 6 at Calder by 1 ¾ lengths over Kathleen Amaya & Raffaele Centofanti’s Copa Del Rey. My Brown Eyed Guy lost his first career race by a nose at Calder on June 15 in a five-furlong maiden special weight race.
Best Plan Yet has the chance to take on My Brown Eyed Guy once again, as he is entered in the In Reality as well. After the Affirmed, Best Plan Yet was able to earn his first career stakes win in the one mile-70 yards Foolish Pleasure Stakes on Festival Preview day at Calder on September 14. After bumping with Copa Del Rey and gaining the lead down the stretch, Best Plan Yet held on to win by a length, while Copa Del Rey faded to third. Best Plan Yet reached his first career victory after the Dr. Fager in a seven-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder on August 3, crossing the wire a length ahead of Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s D N A Approved.
Both Copa Del Rey and D N A Approved are entered in the In Reality and are in search of their first career victories. Copa Del Rey finished fifth in the Affirmed and third in the Dr. Fager. On June 22, Best Plan Yet, Copa Del Rey, and D N A Approved all made their career debuts in the 5 ½-furlong Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes. Best Plan Yet came up for fourth, while D N A Approved came sixth and Copa Del Rey finished tenth. D N A Approved faded to sixth in the Foolish Pleasure, one race after running third in the one-mile Seacliff Stakes. Ione and Herbert Elkins’ We’re All Set was sixth in the Seacliff during his only career stakes appearance. He broke his maiden in his most recent race at Calder by 2 ¼ lengths on September 22 in a one-mile maiden special weight race.
Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Arangol is also in search of his first career victory. He finished fourth in both the Affirmed and the Dr. Fager, after coming fifth in a maiden special weight race at Gulfstream Park and sixth in a maiden claiming race at Calder in his career debut. Roger L. Block’s Purchango finished third in the Affirmed in his second stakes appearance. He ran eighth in the Frank Gomez Memorial in his first career stakes appearance. His only career victory came in a six-furlong maiden claiming race at Gulfstream on August 3 by two lengths.
Harris Racing LLC’s Tropical Force, Valene Farm’s Worldly Vision, and Rohan Crichton’s Rasta Rant make their stakes debuts in the In Reality.
The In Reality has an approximate post time of 4 p.m. as the eighth race.
$70,000 FRANCES A. GENTER STAKES
Fourteen horses are entered for the Frances A. Genter.
Frank Carl Calabrese’s Dreaming of Sophia scored her second-straight stakes victory with a length victory in the 1 1/16-mile Judy’s Red Shoes Stakes on the turf at Calder on Festival Preview day on September 14. One race prior, she took the 1 1/16-mile Cellars Shiraz Stakes at Gulfstream on July 13 by an easy 6 ½ lengths. Last year, she earned her first career stakes victory at Calder in the six-furlong Cassidy Stakes. Sunshine Thoroughbred Corp.’s Nicki Starshine came up for second in the Judy’s Red Shoes, one race after scoring her first win as a three-year-old in the 7 ½-furlong Crystal Rail Stakes on the turf at Calder by a half-length. She earned her first stakes victory at Calder last November in the 1 1/16-mile John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes on the turf by 3 ¼ lengths.
Norman Stables, LLC’s Dreamlicious tired to third in the Judy’s Red Shoes. Performance Thoroughbred Partners’ Channel Eleven closed for fourth, while Miller Racing LLC’s Swinger’s Party finished fifth. Channel Eleven is listed as an also-eligible for the Frances A. Genter, while Swinger’s Party is entered as a main track only participant. Crossed Sabres Farm’s Triple Arch finished sixth in the Judy’s Red Shoes ahead of Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Love to Score, who ran seventh and Stephen Screnci’s Burning Truth, who finished eleventh. They all are in search of their first stakes victories.
Pinnacle Racing Stables and William A. Kaplan’s Putitinmypocket earned her first stakes victory in April at Tampa Bay Downs in the seven-furlong Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes. Ione and Herbert Elkins’s Putyourdreamsaway makes her three-year-old stakes debut in the Frances A. Genter. She won the Susan’s Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series last year. Tim and Karen Mawhinney’s She’s Spooky came fifth in her only stakes appearance at Gulfstream in the TaWee Stakes in August. Miller Racing LLC’s E B Ryder finished seventh in the TaWee in her most recent start. Like She’s Spooky, E B Ryder is in search of her first stakes victory.
David Dizney’s Four Aria and Sunshine Thoroughbred Corp.’s Jade’s Rainbow make their stakes debuts in the Frances A. Genter.
The Frances A. Genter closes out the stakes action and the card as the ninth race with an approximate post time of 4:30 p.m.
Post time for the first race at Calder is 12:30 p.m.