Two 5 ½-furlong stakes races on the main track for 2-year-olds are scheduled for this Saturday at Calder Casino & Race Course, the $50,000 Excellent Luck Stakes and the $50,000 Cut The Charm Stakes.
$50,000 EXCELLENT LUCK STAKES
Seven colts were drawn to the Excellent Luck.
Luis Duco Stables Inc.’s Bluegrass Derby finished second in his career debut by 1 ¾ lengths behind in the 5-furlong Calder Turf Dash Stakes on August 24. He most recently ran sixth in the 6-furlong Birdonthewire Stakes at Calder on September 28. He broke his maiden at Calder in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race on August 10 by ¾ of a length and won a 6-furlong allowance at Gulfstream Park on September 8 by the same distance.
Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Arangol has the most races under his belt among the horses entered for the Excellent Luck. While he has raced six times, he only has one career victory, which came in his most recent start on November 11 by 1 ½ lengths in a 6 ½-furlong maiden claiming race at Gulfstream. He came fourth in the first two legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series at Calder and finished sixth in the final leg, which was his only career stakes appearances.
M and M Racing Stable LLC’s Black Label broke his maiden by a ½ length at Calder first-time-out in a 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight race on August 10. After tiring to eighth in the 1 mile-70 yard Foolish Pleasure Stakes at Calder on September 14, Black Label came back to run third at Calder in a 6 ½-furlong allowance on October 13.
David E. Garner’s Elusive Blueboy; Dierdre T. Marsh’s Lake Drive South; and Dr. Derek K. and Kimberly Paul’s Mystical Myles all make their stakes debuts in the Excellent Luck. Elusive Blueboy was victorious in his career debut at Gulfstream on August 17 in a 6-furlong maiden claiming race, easily taking the race by 10 lengths after an awkward start then leading for the rest of the race. He jumped up to allowance action for his next start at Gulfstream on October 13 in a 6-furlong allowance race. He finished second, 1 ½ lengths behind, losing the race late in the stretch after breaking first and leading for most of the race. Lake Drive South broke his maiden by ½ of a length in his second career appearance in a 5-furlong maiden claiming race at Calder on October 18. He came second by 1 ½ lengths in his career debut at Calder on August 25 in a 5-furlong maiden claiming race. Mystical Myles has made just one race appearance so far in his career. He finished third in a 6-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder on October 26.
All American Horses’ Tapicero makes his career debut in the Excellent Luck.
The Excellent Luck kicks off the stakes action on the card as the seventh race with an approximate post time of 3:30 p.m.
$50,000 CUT THE CHARM STAKES
A full field of 12 fillies was entered for the Cut The Charm.
Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s City in Sky faded to third in the 6-furlong Cassidy Stakes at Calder on September 28, after tiring to seventh in her stakes debut in the 5-furlong Catcharisingstar Stakes on the turf at Calder on August 24. She kicked off her career with two-straight victories, first in a maiden special weight race at Gulfstream, and then in an allowance race at Calder. Jerome G. Bozzo Trust’s Flutterby ran fourth in the Cassidy in her stakes debut after breaking her maiden at Calder in her second career start in a 6-furlong maiden special weight race on September 13. Angela M. Ingenito’s Pomeroy Angel also ran in the Cassidy and finished fifth. She broke her maiden at Gulfstream on September 7 in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race, crossing the wire 3 ¼ lengths ahead.
Amin Saiden, Vicente Stella and Domingo Spadaro’s Bella Traviata broke her maiden first-time-out at Gulfstream by 2 ¾ lengths in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race on August 4. She tired to fifth in the 1-mile Lindsay Frolic Stakes at Calder on August 24 after setting the early pace and losing the lead in the stretch in her stakes debut. She most recently faded to third in a 6-furlong allowance at Gulfstream on September 22.
Christos Gatis’ Scripture n’ Verse faded to third in her stakes debut at Calder in the 1 mile-70 yard Brave Raj Stakes after taking the lead briefly at the top of the stretch. She has two wins in six career starts. The first came at Calder in a maiden claiming race prior to the Brave Raj and the second came most recently in a starter allowance at Calder.
Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Proverbs Thirtyone has yet to return to the winner’s circle since breaking her maiden at Calder in her second-career start in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race on June 2 where she went wire-to-wire for the win. She finished ninth in her stakes debut in the J J’s Dream Stakes at Calder before running seventh in the first two legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes series’ filly division.
Joseph DiBello’s Bluesville; Monarch Stables, Inc.’s Joann’s Wildcat; Ron Hendrickson’s White Pants Night; Alfonso Miranda’s Joaquina; Rick and Jacqueline Tortora’s Red Brunette; and Andrew Farm’s Side Street all make their stakes debuts in the Cut The Charm.
Bluesville has had two races at Calder in her five career race appearances. She broke her maiden on September 28 in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race, clearing ahead to win by 2 ¼ lengths. In her most recent appearance on October 27 in a 6-furlong starter allowance, Bluesville came third after making her move into the stretch and relenting. Joann’s Wildcat broke her maiden at Gulfstream in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race on July 6 by 2 ¾ lengths, and most recently finished third in a 6-furlong allowance at Gulfstream on August 24. White Pants Night broke her maiden at Calder two starts ago in a 5 ½-furlong maiden claiming race on September 27 in her third-career race appearance. She most recently finished fifth in a 1 1/16-mile turf allowance at Calder on October 12.
Joaquina finished second by ½ of a length at Calder in a 7-furlong maiden claiming race in her second-career race. She has run fifth in her three other career appearances at Calder – twice in maiden claiming races and most recently in a maiden special weight race. Red Brunette broke her maiden first-time out in a 6-furlong maiden claiming race at Gulfstream on October 12 after breaking sixth and leading the race thereafter to win by 3 ¼ lengths. Side Street has had no local races. She most recently broke her maiden in her second career start in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race at Churchill Downs on September 27 by 3 ¼ lengths.
The Cut The Charm has an approximate post time of 4 p.m. as the eighth race.
Post time for the first race at Calder is 12:30 p.m.