Four races comprise the 2014 Summit Preview, to be held on Saturday at Calder Casino & Race Course, which serves as the local prep for July’s Summit of Speed sprint card.
All four races carry a purse of $65,000 each and are run at the 6-furlong distance. The U Can Do It Handicap kicks off the stakes action on Saturday’s card as the fourth race and is for fillies and mares three-years-old and up. The Ponche Handicap follows and is for horses three-years-old and up. The 3-year-olds take the stage thereafter, with the Leave Me Alone Stakes for fillies and the Unbridled Stakes to close out the stakes action of the day.
U CAN DO IT HANDICAP
Nine fillies and mares are entered for the U Can Do It Handicap.
Averill Racing LLC and Silver Oak Stable LLC’s R Free Roll took on the boys in last year’s Summit Preview, dominating the Unbridled by 6 ¾ lengths, and now she takes on the girls for the 2014 Summit Preview. Since her Unbridled score, she won two additional stakes – the 6-furlong Bold World Handicap at Calder last November and the 6-furlong Hollywood Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park in April during her most recent start.
Miller Racing LLC’s Centrique became a stakes winner when she took the 7-furlong starter stakes at Gulfstream last year. She has hit the board in four stakes races in her career in addition to the win, including a third-place finish to R Free Roll in the Bold World.
Frank Carl Calabrese’s Saint Aggie is the only horse returning from last year’s U Can Do It. She came third in her stakes debut before a seventh place finish in the 7 ½-furlong Hollywood Wildcat Stakes on the turf at Calder.
Tanourin Stable’s Salamera won her stakes debut at Calder in 2012 in the 5 ½-furlong J J’s Dream Stakes and has since hit the board in three stakes races from 2012 to 2014. Terry E. Davie’s Cindys Casino became stakes-placed last year with a third-place finish in the 1 mile-40 yard Suncoast Stakes and a second-place finish in the 7-furlong Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes, both at Tampa. Frank Carl Calabrese’s French Politics has hit the board once in four career stakes appearances. She finished third in the 1-mile Lindsay Frolic Stakes at Calder in 2011. Juan Cintron Jr.’s Naiguata ran seventh in the Lindsay Frolic in 2011 when she ran in her only stakes appearance.
Alan Benning & Donnini & Oakley Thoroughbred Racing LLC’s Indian Rain and Breakin Wind Farm’s Sherry Angel make their stakes debuts in the U Can Do It.
The approximate post time for the U Can Do It is 2:30 p.m.
The Ponche Handicap drew seven horses, four of which came out of the same stakes race in their last start.
A. Bianco Holding’s Dad’z Laugh scored the 6 ½-furlong Big Drama Stakes at Gulfstream on May 10 by 2 ¾ lengths. Prior to earning his first career stakes victory, Dad’z Laugh had three second place stakes finishes out of four races. Stephen Screnci’s Risk Factor came second to Dad’z Laugh in the Big Drama. He finished third in his only other career stakes appearance, which came in 2013 in the 7-furlong Ocala Breeders' Sales Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Cloud Nine Lumoni’s City of Weston finished fourth in the Big Drama. In 2013, he captured three stakes wins – the Ocala Breeders' Sales Sophomore Stakes, the 6-furlong Big Drama Stakes at Calder, and the 6-furlong Grade 3 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx Racing. Ryan Racing, Inc.’s Trinni Heart ran sixth in the Big Drama and is unplaced in five career stakes appearances.
All American Horses’ Songa has made just one stakes appearance so far. He finished fifth in the 6-furlong Caixa Electronica Stakes at Gulfstream in March. Amaty Racing Stables Inc.’s Houston Bull came eighth back in 2012 when he made his only career stakes appearance in the 5 ½-furlong Maryland Million Turf Sprint Handicap on the turf at Laurel Park.
Acclaimed Racing Stable’s Mr. Baker makes his stakes debut in the Ponche.
The Ponche has an approximate post time of 3 p.m.
LEAVE ME ALONE STAKES
A field of eleven fillies are entered for the Leave Me Alone.
Gilbert G. Campbell’s Scandalous Act, the 2013 Florida Stallion Stakes Series winner in the filly division, returns to start for the first time since her sixth-place finish in the 1 1/16 mile Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita Park last November. She easily took all three of the filly division races in the Florida Stallion Stakes Series at Calder, first scoring the 6-furlong Desert Vixen division by 7 ½ lengths, then taking the 7-furlong Susan’s Girl division by 8 ¾ lengths, and completing the sweep with a 5 ¾-length score in the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl division.
Jerome G. Bozzo Trust’s Flutterby looks to return to the Calder winner’s circle after not having won since her first career stakes victory, which came in the 5 ½-furlong Cut The Charm Stakes at Calder last November. She has hit the board in two of three stakes starts since then – a second-place finish in the 1-mile Chispiski Stakes at Calder in January and a third-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile Calder Oaks in April in her most recent start. All American Horses LLC’s Florida Sun came second in the Calder Oaks by 1 ¾ lengths in her stakes debut. She most recently ran third in the 1 1/16-mile Honey Ryder Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream on May 10.
Gelfenstein Farm’s Boheme de Lavi has hit the board just once in five stakes starts. She ran third in the 6-furlong Pica Slew Stakes at Calder in February.
Making their stakes debuts in the Leave Me Alone are St. George Stable, LLC's Gumara; Here We Go Racing, LLC’s Curlin’s Gold; William Churly’s Cajun Sunrise; Maestre Racing Stable & Joseph A. Arango’s Nena’s Memory; Maestre Racing Stable & Joseph A. Arango’s Epona’s Grace; Rohan Crichton’s Twinkling Time; and Pompei Enterprises LLC’s Scat Daddys Breeze.
The approximate post time of the Leave Me Alone is 3:30 p.m.
Nine horses drew to the Unbridled.
Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s C. Zee comes into the Unbridled off of a win in the 1-mile Sir Bear Stakes at Gulfstream on May 3, which gave him his first career stakes victory. His best two stakes finishes previously this year came with back-to-back second-place finishes in the 6-furlong Spectacular Bid Stakes and the 7-furlong Grade III Hutcheson Stakes, both at Gulfstream.
David E. Garner’s Elusive Blueboy won his first stakes race in his first stakes appearance at Calder last year in the 5 ½-furlong Excellent Luck Stakes, and has since finished fifth in back-to-back stakes, including the Big Drama in his last start. GZS Stable LLC’s Bolita Boyz scored his first stakes victory in his first try last year in the 6 ½-furlong Juvenile Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream.
Tommy Roberts Racing Stable LLC & Daniel C. Hurtak’s Can't Stop the Kid has hit the board once in four career stakes appearances. He ran third in the 6-furlong OBS Sprint Stakes at the Ocala Training Center in January in his stakes debut. St. George Stable, LLC’s Giancarlo became stakes-placed in his stakes debut at Tampa in January in the 7-furlong Pasco Stakes. He finished fifth in the 1-mile Smooth Air Stakes at Calder in March. Rohan Crichton’s Rasta Rant finished eighth in his only stakes appearance, which came in the 1 1/16-mile In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series at Calder last year.
St. George Stable, LLC’s Gukumatz and Sherry Racing, Inc.'s Red Pom Pom make their stakes debuts in the Unbridled, while Olympia Star, Inc.’s Va Banque makes his debut in the Unbridled.
The Unbridled has an approximate post time of 4 p.m.