Calder Casino & Race Course will present a stakes-filled afternoon of racing as part of the 21st annual Festival of the Sun on Saturday that will feature the conclusion of the lucrative Florida Stallion Stakes series, with both the $300,000 estimated In Reality Division and its juvenile filly counterpart, the $300,000 My Dear Girl Division, to be run over 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
A field of 10 colts and geldings is scheduled to contest the In Reality with Gilbert Campbell’s opening-leg winner Two T’s At Two B and Calascibetta Racing Stable, et al.’s surprise second-leg winner D’nied Permission both returning for the rich final.
Conditioned by Kathleen O’Connell, Two T’s At Two B won the first three races of his career by a combined 16 ¼ lengths, adding a 5 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes to his 3 ¾-length Stallion Stakes triumph in the $75,000 Dr. Fager Division.
In his most recent start, the son of Untuttable was beaten two lengths when third as the 2-5 favorite in the $125,000 Affirmed Division where he fell victim to the late run of D’nied Permission.
A son of D’Wildcat, D’nied Permission has made five appearances during his young career, visiting the winner’s circle twice while finishing second or better on four occasions. Following his Affirmed triumph, the Joe Calascibetta trainee returned for the $100,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes where he could do no better than fourth.
Two T’s At Two B will start from post six in the In Reality with Eduardo Nunez to ride, while D’nied Permission has been assigned post nine and will be piloted by Luis Saez.
Rose Family Stable’s Joshua’s Comprise, a three-time stakes-placed colt that was beaten a neck when second to D’nied Permission in the Affirmed and was runner-up to Two T’s At Two B in the Frank Gomez Memorial, returns for the In Reality off a maiden-breaking win against entry-level allowance rivals.
Joshua’s Comprise has drawn post seven and will be ridden by Carlos Olivero.
Trainer Eddie Plesa will saddle two horses in the In Reality as BR Congress, LLC’s Dr. Fager runner-up Dixie High will start from post 10 with Paco Lopez named to ride, and Ralph Nabavi’s recent Monmouth Park maiden winner Speak Logistics set to begin his In Reality journey from post two with Angel Serpa aboard.
Completing the field for the In Reality is Robert Roffey, Jr.’s Beach Master, Jose Manuel Martinez’s Tiger Distinction, Pinnacle Racing Stables’ Uptown Anthem, N.T.S. Stable, Inc.’s C D Gold, and Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Hear Me Comin.
The My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes drew a field of nine that includes Ione and Herbert Elkins’ second-leg heroine Putyourdreamsaway and Easton and Elsaida DeSouza’s first-leg upset winner Candy Coded Kisses.
Trained by Bill Kaplan, Putyourdreamsaway broke her maiden by 5 ¼ lengths at first asking in mid-July and followed that performance with a second-place run in the $75,000 Desert Vixen Division before bouncing back from that defeat with a 7 ½-length last-start romp in the Susan’s Girl Division.
The daughter of Put It Back will start from post six on Saturday with Juan Leyva scheduled to ride.
When Putyourdreamsaway was bested in the Desert Vixen, it came at the hands of Candy Coded Kisses, who upset the field at odds of 24-1 that day. The daughter of Omega Code, trained by DeSouza, has since returned to run second in the Susan’s Girl before finishing a disappointing eighth in the $100,000 Cassidy Stakes.
Candy Coded Kisses has drawn post four for the My Dear Girl and will be ridden by Orlando Bocachica.
Completing the field for the My Dear Girl is Pinnacle Racing and Bill Kaplan’s Putitinmypocket, Frank Calabrese’s Verso a Verso, Miller Racing, LLC’s Jewel in the Sky, Rustlewood Farm, Inc.’s Nasty Cat, Our Sugar Bear Stable’s So Blessed, Steve Dwoskin’s Ashlee’s Princess, and Cairoli Racing’s Capriccio Blue.
While the Florida Stallion Stakes finals are the showcase pieces of the Festival of the Sun puzzle, the 12-race card will also feature three additional stakes led by the $100,000 Grade 3 Spend A Buck Handicap which drew a solid field of eight led by two-time 2010 Stallion Stakes hero Gourmet Dinner, who returns to Calder for the first time since his second-place finish in that year’s In Reality.
Owned by Our Sugar Bear Stable and starting for trainer David Braddy on Saturday, Gourmet Dinner made the first four starts of his career at Calder, prevailing three times prior to his In Reality defeat, which he followed with a win in the $1 million Grade 3 Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs.
The son of Trippi exits a seventh-place performance in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, and earlier this year the 4-year-old prevailed in the $100,000 Majestic Light Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Gourmet Dinner has drawn post two for the Spend A Buck where he will be reunited with rider Sebastian Madrid.
Bruce Hollander and Cary Shapoff’s sophomore colt Csaba, a four-time winner in south Florida that was most recently seventh in the $1 million Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing, returns to Calder for the Spend A Buck where he is scheduled to meet older horses for just the second time in his career.
Trained by Phil Gleaves, Csaba was last seen locally as the 8 ¼-length winner of the $75,000 El Kaiser Stakes in mid-July before being sent north for a three-race sojourn that included a second in the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes where he was beaten an unlucky nose.
Csaba has drawn post eight for the Spend A Buck where he will be ridden by Manoel Cruz.
Larry Fugate’s three-time stakes winner Cash Rules was assigned post three for the Spend A Buck for jockey Luis Saez and trainer Dave Fawkes. Winner of the Darn That Alarm and Band Is Passing Stakes in each of his last two starts, the son of Peace Rules also prevailed in the Sumter Stakes in early May and was runner-up in both the Memorial Day Handicap and the Primal Stakes.
Completing the field for the Grade 3 Spend A Buck is Shivananda Racing’s Ducduc, Just For Fun Stable, Inc.’s Decisive Moment, Sandra Brown’s Two Is to Many, Blackacre Farms, Inc.’s Flatter This, and Lakshmi Rattan’s Fair Whit.
A pair of sophomore turf stakes will also be contested as part of the Festival of the Sun program with the both the $75,000 Tropical Park Derby and the $75,000 Frances A. Genter, restricted to fillies, scheduled for the local lawn.
Signal Hill Farms’ Mucho Mas Macho and Luis Duco Stables, Inc.’s Empire Builder, separated by a neck when last seen as the top-two finishers in the $75,000 Needles Stakes, will meet again when amongst the 11 horses entered for the Tropical Park Derby.
Trained by Henry Collazo, Mucho Mas Macho has visited the winner’s circle following each of his last two starts, adding an allowance victory in mid-August to his recent Needles triumph. The son of Macho Uno has prevailed in three of his last four appearances over the Calder turf, with his lone defeat during that span a troubled fourth where he was beaten just a neck for everything.
Empire Builder is a three-time stakes winner at Calder this year, adding main track victories in the $55,000 American Dreamer Stakes and the $55,000 Mambo Meister Stakes to his turf triumph in the $75,000 Naked Greed. The son of Kitten’s Joy has prevailed in three of his four starts over the Calder grass.
Scheduled to ship to south Florida for the Tropical Park Derby is Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Burn the Mortgage, a turf allowance winner at Saratoga in his last start for trainer Wayne Catalano. The son of Kitten’s Joy has crossed the wire first in three of his last four starts, although the colt was disqualified from a mid-May Churchill Downs victory for causing interference with another rival.
Other notables in the Tropical Park Derby field include Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti’s turf-stakes winner Musical Flair and Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s recent allowance winner Harrison Bay.
Csaba was cross-entered in both the Tropical Park Derby and the Spend A Buck, but is expected to consider a run in the Tropical Park Derby only if the race is moved from the turf to the main track.
A winner of over $398,000 during her career, Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Awesome Belle looks to be the leading lady in the Frances A. Genter off three successive stakes scores, two of which came over the Calder turf.
Trained by Stanley Gold, Awesome Belle began her current streak with a main track triumph in the $75,000 Three Ring Stakes and has since returned with grassy victories in the $75,000 Crystal Rail Stakes and most recently the $75,000 Judy’s Red Shoes. The homebred daughter of Awesome of Course was a 2011 Stallion Stakes heroine, winning that year’s running of the My Dear Girl.
Among the eight fillies looking to take down Awesome Belle in the Frances A. Genter is Frank Calabrese’s lightly-raced Blues and Silvers, Stride Rite Racing Stable, Inc.’s three-time stakes winner but currently slumping Frolic’s Revenge, and ARS Racing Stable’s Judy’s Red Shoes runner-up Jazz.
First race post time at Calder on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. The five stakes will be presented in succession starting with the Frances A. Genter as race eight at approximately 3:48 p.m. The stakes will continue with the Grade 3 Spend A Buck Handicap at 4:17 p.m., the My Dear Girl at 4:47 p.m., and the Tropical Park Derby at 5:16 p.m. before concluding with the In Reality at 5:47 p.m.
Calder will offer an All-Stakes Pick Five, with a base wager of fifty cents and an industry-low takeout of 12-percent, that will encompass the stakes portion of the Festival of the Sun program.
In addition to hosting a full afternoon of live racing as part of the 21st annual Festival of the Sun, Calder will hold ceremonies throughout the day in conjunction with Florida TRAC (Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care), Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida, the Broward Sheriff’s Mounted Unit, and Hobbs Equestrian to honor retired thoroughbred race horses now serving the community in their second careers.