One race after saddling 2011 Florida Stallion Stakes hero Fort Loudon to victory in the $75,000 In Summation, trainer Stanley Gold was back in the Calder Casino & Race Course winner’s circle with Jacks Or Better Farm, Inc.’s homebred filly Redbud Road, a determined winner of the $75,000 French Village when returning from a seven-month layoff to prevail by three-quarters of a length while covering six furlongs in 1:11.29.
“Just like last year,” winning jockey Luis Saez exulted after the race. “The last three times she worked, I was on her. And the last time, when we worked her from the gate, she broke perfect and worked great. Right then, I knew I was going to win this race.”
Redbud Road was sharp from the gate again on Saturday, and Saez had the filly forwardly placed while pressing stablemate Awesome Belle through an opening quarter in :21.89.
When that rival started backing up after a half-mile split that was clocked in :44.79, Redbud Road willingly inherited the lead, quickly opening up a two-length advantage on the field before holding off a legitimate late challenge from Miss Quisqueya to hold sway by a safe margin.
“When the other filly tried to come get her,” Saez said. “My filly just kept going.”
“I knew she was dead ready,” Gold said of Redbud Road’s ability to have success off an extended break. “She’s had a steady diet of good solid works, and I knew that she wasn’t going to be short. Sometimes the plan works, and sometimes it doesn’t. This time it worked out.”
Redbud Road, a two-time stakes winner at Calder during her juvenile season, returned $9.60, $4.20, and $3.20 for her French Village victory. Miss Quisqueya paid $3.60 and $2.60 for second. It was 2 ¾ lengths back to Citizen Advocate, who brought back $2.60 for third.
Completing the order of finish was Sinister Tale, Who Is Camille, Another Romance, Awesome Belle, and Given Enchantment.
Redbud Road improved her overall record to four wins from seven starts, with the winner’s share of the French Village boosting her lifetime earnings to $236,955. The homebred daughter of Awesome of Course was bred in Florida and is out of the mare Ladyinareddress, who won the $100,000 Office Queen Stakes at Calder in 2004.