Seven juvenile fillies have signed up to contest the Sunday feature at Calder Casino & Race Course, with both Arindel Farm’s Vitameta and Amy Gleaves, Bruce Hollander, and Cary Shapoff’s I Ain’t Gonna Lie looking to bounce back from failed summer stakes attempts in the six-furlong entry-level allowance.
Trained by Dave Fawkes, Vitameta was unveiled to a seven-length victory on July 1 in a five-furlong dash where the daughter of Street Sense led at every call, toying with her rivals before drawing clear in mid-stretch. The filly was subsequently shipped to Saratoga for her next start, the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes, where she was forwardly-placed through the early stages of the race while chasing eventual winner Kauai Katie before stopping rather abruptly and galloping home the last of five.
The filly returned to Calder in late September and has posted two morning works in advance of Sunday’s return, most recently drilling a half-mile in :49.60 on October 14.
Jockey Jose Cruz, who was aboard Vitameta for her career-debut victory but was not employed for the Saratoga race, returns to the saddle for Sunday’s dash.
The Phil Gleaves-trained I Ain’t Gonna Lie won her career debut on May 19, running on the lead throughout to prevail by four lengths over five furlongs on a sloppy track. From there, the daughter of Monarchos was entered in the $100,000 J J’s Dream Stakes on June 30 where she crossed the wire a never-threatening fifth.
After sitting out over two months, I Ain’t Gonna Lie returned to the Calder work tab in mid-September and has made five morning appearances in advance of Sunday’s race, with her most recent move a half-mile work in :51.40 on October 14, the same morning Vitameta was last seen on the track.
Leading local rider Luis Saez, aboard I Ain’t Gonna Lie for both of her career starts thus far, retains the Sunday mount.
Looking like a legitimate threat to the top pair in Sunday’s feature is Trilogy Stables’ Yes Im Sweet, a maiden winner in mid-June that also has some stakes experience having finished fourth in the J J’s Dream, and is another filly returning from an extended break, with the Eddie Plesa Jr. trainee last seen contesting a mid-August allowance at Calder.
DWOSKIN EDGES AHEAD IN TRAINER STANDINGS
With his 23-1 upset win by Oceano Gatto in Friday’s fourth race, trainer Steve Dwoskin, who won the 2010 Calder Meet, claimed sole possession of first place in the Tropical Meet trainer’s table.
Entering the Saturday card, Dwoskin-conditioned runners have visited the winner’s circle 14 times at the Tropical Meet, one better than nearest pursuer Kirk Ziadie, who has prevailed with 13 of his entrants.
Antonio Sano, winner of the 2011 Tropical Meet training title, is currently tied for third with Dave Fawkes, both having won with 12 starters, while Luis Ramirez, with 11 wins from just 21 starts, rounds out the top five.
Both Luis Saez and Frank C. Calabrese hold commanding leads in their respective races for leading jockey and owner, with Saez entering the Saturday card leading his nearest competitor by 27 wins, 68-41, and Calabrese holding a 10-win advantage over the current runner-up, 19-9.