Frank C. Calabrese’s Romacaca, Edward Seltzer and Beverly Anderson’s Wyomia, and Farnsworth Stables, LLC’s Speak Easy Gal, all graded stakes winners, will convene on the Calder Casino & Race Course turf course Saturday for the $55,000 Sara’s Success.
Trained by Luis Ramirez, Romacaca won the Sara’s Success in 2011 in a performance that propelled the daughter of Running Stag to consecutive stakes wins at Monmouth Park including a triumph in the Grade 3 Matchmaker Stakes. In her most recent start, the 6-year-old mare halted a rare three-race losing streak when an easy 4 ¼-length allowance winner over the Calder turf.
Assigned post six at Monday’s post position draw for the one-mile Sara’s Success, Romacaca is scheduled to be ridden for the first time in her career by jockey Orlando Bocachica.
Standing in the way of Romacaca’s title defense in the Sara’s Success is Wyomia, winner of the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes at Woodbine during her 2-year-old season. Trained by Solera Farm-based Curtis Garrison, Wyomia came up a length shy of victory when second in last year’s Grade 1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland and was similarly beaten one length in the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs.
Having not run since a sixth-place performance in the Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga in August, Wyomia will start from post two when making her 4-year-old debut in the Sara’s Success. Chris Landeros is listed to ride.
Speak Easy Gal, winner of the Grade 3 Orchid Stakes at Gulfstream Park in 2010, has also been entered in the Sara’s Success. The Marty Wolfson-trained daughter of West Acre exits a fifth-place performance in the $75,000 Turf Distaff at Tampa Bay Downs. Prior to that outing, the 6-year-old mare was a close fourth in the Grade 3 Suwannee River and was beaten 1 ½ lengths in the $125,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf, both at Gulfstream.
Speak Easy Gal, starting from post three in the Sara’s Success, will get the riding services of leading jockey Luis Saez.
Also scheduled to contest the Sara’s Success is Peter Fuller’s Trip for A. J., an eight-time stakes winner and a career-earner of over $607,000, and Brinkerhill Farm, LLC’s Millennia, who was beaten one length when fourth in the Turf Distaff at Tampa.
Completing the field for the Sara’s Success is J D Farms’ Prize Informant, World Thoroughbred Racing, Inc. and Chad Stewart’s Brinca, Amin Salden and Monumental Racing, LLC’s Performing, Shivananda Racing’s The West Rim, Herman Van Den Broeck’s Angelica Zapata, Westbury Stables, LLC’s She’s a Ketch, and Gary Aiken’s Callmethesqueeze.
Farnsworth Stables, LLC’s Canadian Mistress and Ingrid McIntosh and Joker Racing, LLC’s Logan Square are on the also-eligible list for the race.
The $55,000 Sara’s Success will go as the 10th race on a 12-race Saturday program from Calder with an approximate post time of 4:59 p.m. First race post-time is 12:55 p.m. The final live race at Calder is slated for 5:51 p.m., with the simulcast of the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico scheduled for 6:18 p.m.