Stakes winners from the Juvenile Showcase, Brothersofthetime and Flat Out Charming, along with many other competitors from the Juvenile Showcase return to stakes action for this Saturday’s Festival Preview at Calder Casino & Race Course. This serves as the prime local prep for the Festival of the Sun, which will be held on October 12.
The $85,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes for 2-year-olds and the Brave Raj Stakes for 2-year-old fillies will both be run at 1 mile-70 yards on the main track. The races provide advancements in distance to the entrants who participated in the 1-mile Seacliff Stakes, the 7-furlong Affirmed division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, the 1-mile Lindsay Frolic Stakes, and the 7-furlong Susan’s Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes for fillies. The Foolish Pleasure and the Brave Raj serve as the preps for the last legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series for 2-year-olds, the 1 1/16-mile In Reality division and the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl division for fillies.
Also set in the Festival Preview are the $70,000 Needles Stakes for 3-year-olds, and the Judy’s Red Shoes Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Both races are scheduled for 1 1/16-miles on the turf. These races serve as the preps for the Festival of Sun’s Tropical Park Derby and the Francis A. Genter Stakes, respectively.
FOOLISH PLEASURE STAKES
A field of eight is entered for the Foolish Pleasure.
Gelfenstein Farm’s Brothersofthetime is already 3-for-4 in his young career with one second-place finish. Brothersofthetime held on to win the Seacliff by a nose over Harold J. Hendricks and Roger Justice’s East Hall, who advanced on Brothersofthetime down the stretch but could not overtake him. Prior to his first career stakes’ win, Brothersofthetime won a 6-furlong allowance at Gulfstream Park by 1 ¼-lengths, came second in the 5 ½-furlong Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes at Calder to now multiple-stakes winner Yes I’m Lucky, and dominated in his career debut in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder by 5 ¼-lengths. East Hall returns to face Brothersofthetime in the Foolish Pleasure and is still looking for his maiden win. Prior to making his stakes debut in the Seacliff, East Hall had two third-place finishes and one fourth-place finish in maiden special weight races.
Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s D N A Approved ran third to Brothersofthetime and East Hall in the Seacliff and has yet to break his maiden. Prior to the Seacliff, D N A Approved finished second, two lengths behind Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Best Plan Yet in a 7-furlong maiden special weight race and ran sixth in the Frank Gomez Memorial in his career debut. Best Plan Yet comes into the Foolish Pleasure off of a second-place finish in the Affirmed to My Brown Eyed Guy, whom he also finished second to in the Dr. Fager prior to his maiden victory. He finished fourth in his career debut in the Frank Gomez Memorial.
Kathleen Amaya & Raffaele Centofanti’s Copa Del Rey ran fifth in the Affirmed after settling for third in the Dr. Fager. He has yet to break his maiden. In his only other starts, Copa Del Rey finished second to My Brown Eyed Guy in a 6-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder and faded to tenth in his career debut in the Frank Gomez Memorial. Gilbert G. Campbell’s Union Cash came seventh in the Frank Gomez Memorial in his career debut prior to breaking his maiden by a head in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder.
Champion Equine LLC’s The Battle Is On and M and M Racing Stable LLC’s Black Label make their stakes debuts in the Foolish Pleasure, after breaking their maidens.
The Foolish Pleasure is set as the sixth race with an approximate post time of 3:00 p.m.
BRAVE RAJ STAKES
Nine fillies are entered for the Brave Raj.
Tanourin Stable’s Flat Out Charming scored her first career stakes victory in the Lindsay Frolic by a nose over Vegso Racing Stable’s Light Bringer nearing the wire. Flat Out Charming came into the Lindsay Frolic off a 5 ¾-length domination in her maiden victory in a 6-furlong maiden special weight race at Gulfstream. She finished third in her career debut at Calder in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race. Light Bringer broke her maiden first time out in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder by ¾-lengths, in her only start prior to the Lindsay Frolic. Westbury Stables LLC’s Look of a Star settled for third in the Lindsay Frolic in her stakes debut. She previously ran third in a 5 ½-furlong allowance at Calder, after breaking her maiden by ¾-lengths in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race in her second career appearance. She came second ahead of Flat Out Charming in their career debut. Frank Mancari’s Jackie’s Daughter came fourth in the Lindsay Frolic, after finishing fourth in her career debut in a 6-furlong maiden special weight race at Gulfstream.
Paul Stein’s Quinnkat and Pinnacle Racing, Harold J. Hendricks, and Roger Justice’s Holiday Magic finished second and third, respectively, to Scandalous Act in the Susan’s Girl. Quinnkat improved from her third-place finish to Scandalous Act in the Desert Vixen, in which Holiday Magic ran second. Quinnkat finished second in her career debut in a 4 ½-furlong maiden claiming race at Calder; whereas, Holiday Magic broke her maiden first time out by 3 ½-lengths in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder.
Rose Family Stable’s Maura’s Purse returns to stakes action after making three-straight appearances in allowance races at Gulfstream. She ran sixth in the J J’s Dream Stakes at Calder in her stakes debut, after breaking her maiden at Calder, in her second career start, by a dominating 6-lengths in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race.
Christian G. Maingot’s Cambiata and Christos Gatis’s Scripture ‘n Verse make their stakes debuts in the Brave Raj, after breaking their maidens in their third-career appearances.
The Brave Raj has an approximate post time of 3:30 p.m. as the seventh race.
The Needles Stakes has nine horses entered.
Lone Stable LLC’s Boy of Summer is the lone stakes winner in the race. He scored the 1 1/16-mile turf Journeyman Stud Sophomore Turf Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs by a head in April. He has four total wins in his career. Boy of Summer most recently finished sixth in the 7 ½-furlong turf Naked Greed Stakes at Calder, in which Vicente Stella Stables LLC’s Statutorial ran second in his stakes debut. Statutorial has three career victories.
Crossed Sabres Farm’s Midnight Cello came third in the Naked Greed. He also has three victories in his career. He finished fourth in his stakes debut in the 1 1/8-mile Canonero II Stakes at Pimlico Race Course this year and most recently ran fifth in the 1 1/16-mile turf Vid Stakes at Gulfstream. Fawkes Racing, Inc. and Sandra New’s Symphony Forty One finished seventh in the Naked Greed in his stakes debut; while, Blackacre Farms, Inc.’s Gotta Be Fate ran eleventh, and Herman Van Den Broeck’s Offlee Fast finished twelfth. Gotta Be Fate finished fourth in the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes in his only other stakes appearance. Offlee Fast ran eighth in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs in his stakes debut, but did not finish his following race, the Calder Derby at Calder.
Donald R. Dizney’s Dysprosium, Secretariat Racing Stable’s El Gran Joyful, and Burt Epperson’s Padilla all make their stakes debuts in the Needles.
The Needles kicks off the stakes action as the fifth race with an approximate post time of 2:30 p.m.
JUDY’S RED SHOES STAKES
A full field of 12 is entered for the Judy’s Red Shoes.
Sunshine Thoroughbred Corp.’s Nicki Starshine took the 7 ½-furlong turf Crystal Rail Stakes by ½-lengths at Calder in her 2013 debut over Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Love to Score. The Crystal Rail was Nicki Starshine’s 2013 debut. She finished third in the Brave Raj to Rose to Gold in her stakes debut before closing out her 2012 season with a 3 ¼-length win in the 1 1/16-mile turf John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes at Calder. Love to Score most recently ran eighth in the Wasted Tears Stakes at Gulfstream. Her other stakes experience came with a third-place run in the 1 1/16-mile off-the turf Cellars Shiraz Stakes at Gulfstream and a fourth-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile off-the-turf Calder Oaks at Calder.
Frank Carl Calabrese’s Dreaming of Sophia dominated in the Cellars Shiraz by 6 ½-lengths, after finishing second in the 6-furlong Leave Me Alone Stakes at Calder to Wildcat Lily. She won the 6-furlong Cassidy Stakes at Calder last year by 2 lengths. Miller Racing LLC’s Swinger’s Party came second in the Cellars Shiraz. Her only other stakes appearance came in the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf, where she finished eighth.
Steve Feiger’s Fab Flowers has run in six-straight stakes races, including the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, where she finished fifth. She most recently ran eighth in the Auntie Mame Stakes at Saratoga. Prior to the Lake George, Fab Flowers ran third in the Diamondrella Stakes at Belmont Park, third in the Astronomia Stakes at Belmont, second in the Miss Otis Stakes at Belmont, and sixth in the Secret Grace Stakes at Gulfstream in her stakes debut.
Set-Hut LLC’s My Lady Lauren ran third in the Hallowed Dreams Stakes at Evangeline Downs in her only career stakes appearance. Robert A. Norman’s Dreamlicious most recently finished sixth in the TaWee Stakes at Gulfstream. She finished fourth in the filly division of the OBS Sprint Stakes at the Ocala Training Center early this year, third in the Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Calder last year, and second in the Catcharisingstar Stakes at Calder in her stakes debut.
Performance Thoroughbred Partners’ Channel Eleven, Crossed Sabres Farm’s Triple Arch, Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Arriba Anna, Mighty White Stallion LLC’s Sharapova Slams, and Stephen Screnci’s Burning Truth all make their first career stakes appearances in the Judy’s Red Shoes.
The Judy’s Red Shoes closes out the stakes action with an approximate post time of 4:00 p.m., as the eighth race.
Post time for the first race at Calder is 12:30 p.m.