An overflow field of 16 fillies have been entered for the 6-furlong $65,000 Pica Slew Stakes on Saturday at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Only three fillies entered for the Pica Slew are stakes winners already, but many have at least one stakes appearance already on their records.
Leading the runners for the Pica Slew with stakes experience at Calder is Jerome G. Bozzo Trust’s Flutterby. She became a stakes winner two starts ago in the 5 ½-furlong Cut The Charm Stakes at Calder last November by leading the way throughout much of the race. In her 3-year-old debut on January 4 in the 7-furlong Chispiski Stakes at Calder, Flutterby finished second. She finished fourth in the 6-furlong Cassidy Stakes at Calder last September in her stakes debut.
Peter A. Lawson’s My Sweet Dove won the 6-furlong Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs last December by setting the pace and never turning back. She ran fifth in her 3-year-old debut on January 4 at Tampa in the 7-furlong Gasparilla Stakes.
Gary Barber’s Zensational Bunny became a stakes winner in her stakes debut last November at Woodbine Race Track in the 7-furlong Glorious Song Stakes by setting the pace and increasing her lead even more down the stretch. She last ran in the 6-furlong Grade III Old Hat Stakes on January 4 at Gulfstream Park, where she came fourth. Two other runners from the Old Hat are entered for the Pica Slew. Bortolazzo Stable LLC and Chris Brothers’ Co Cola finished second in the Old Hat, while Joseph W. Sutton’s Milam finished sixth. Co Cola finished second in her stakes debut last November at Laurel Park in the 6-furlong Smart Halo Stakes. Milam ran fourth in her only other stakes appearance, which was last September in the 1 1/16-mile Grade II Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Second Chance Stable LLC’s Epic Story became stakes placed when she made her 3-year-old debut in the 6-furlong OBS Sprint Stakes at the Ocala Training Center on January 21 and finished third. Shadybrook Farm Inc. and W. Lussky’s Flash Encounter has made only one stakes appearance so far. She ran fifth in the 7-furlong Grade II Forward Gal Stakes on January 25. Christos Gatis’ Yes Mz Olga ran sixth in the 6-furlong Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa last December. Gelfenstein Farm’s Boheme de Lavi ran in stakes twice last year and finished off-the-board. She finished sixth in the Susan’s Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series at Calder last August and came tenth in the 6 ½-furlong Juvenile Filly Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream last November.
Making their stakes debuts in the Pica Slew are Passion Stable, Inc.’s Princess Marcela; Aquino Stable’s Kenny’s Addi Blu; and Gilbert G. Campbell’s Girl From Glan.
Also-eligibles for the race are Regina Racing, Inc.’s Congrats Honey; John Eaton & Steve Laymon’s Daring Kathy; Kathleen Amaya & Raffaele Centofanti’s Harmony Tune; and All American Horses’ Florida Sun.
The Pica Slew is scheduled as the seventh race and has an approximate post time of 4 p.m. Post time for the first race at Calder is 12:55 p.m.