Averill Racing LLC and Silver Oak Stable LLC’s R Free Roll led the way in the $75,000 Unbridled Stakes as the only filly in the 6 furlong race for 3-year-olds and dominated the field to break the stakes record time for the Unbridled and earn her first career stakes victory during the Summit Preview at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday. The record-breaking victory set the pace for a day of fast times, giving bettors a glimpse of what to expect from July's Summit of Speed.
Under jockey Antonio Gallardo, R Free Roll took a clear lead and made quick splits of :21.31, :44.01, and :56.66 with only Rockyshomerun chasing after her. Coming into the stretch, second-choice City of Weston made his move and closed from the outside, while Rockyshomerun remained second-best. They remained far behind R Free Roll, who drew further ahead and cruised home, crossing the wire 6 ¾-lengths ahead for the victory. The final time of 1:10.19 was the fastest in the Unbridled since 2008, when Golden Spikes ran in 1:10.39.
“She was feeling very good. I know because I gallop her every day,” Gallardo said. “I know that filly. When she was 2 years old I won the second time [out] with that filly, and she was feeling so good.”
R Free Roll broke her maiden at Calder last September with Gallardo aboard, winning easy by 9 ¼-lengths in a 5 ½ furlong maiden special weight race for fillies. She returned three weeks later to face colts for the first time at Calder, leading the field and pulling ahead to a 3 ¼-length victory in a 5 ½-furlong allowance race. By racing as a filly among the boys, R Free Roll received a weight allowance; Gallardo believes that this was to her advantage.
“I think the trainer put her in the boy [race] because of the weight. 110, that helped a lot because she likes to run like that – go in front and not come from behind,” Gallardo said.
R Free Roll paid $11.00, $5.20, and $6.20 for the win. Rockyshomerun brought $12.20 and $5.60 for place, and City of Weston returned $3.20 for show.
Rounding out the order of finish were the post-time favorite Sr. Quisqueyano, Anillo, Dr. Chase, Two T’s At Two B, and Trinni Heart.
With the victory in the Unbridled, R Free Roll now has a 3-2-1 record in seven starts and $116,100 in career earnings.
In the $75,000 Leave Me Alone Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Wildcat Lily took the same front-running plan for success as R Free Roll, earned her first career stakes victory and just missed setting the track record for the 6-furlong Leave Me Alone by a mere two-tenths of a second.
The Royal Boot set the early pace, but Wildcat Lily was not far behind, racing near the leader and soon taking over at the ½ pole. The Royal Boot tried to remain with her, but gave way heading into the top of the stretch. Then it was smooth sailing for Wildcat Lily, who left the field behind her coming down the stretch and crossing the wire with a 4-length advantage over Dreaming of Sophia, who tried gaining on Wildcat Lily to no avail.
“I saw the filly that won in the race before and she won in the front. I said I have to be 1 or 2 in order for me to be able to do something in this race,” jockey Jose Alvarez said.
The final time for the race was 1:10.98, with splits of :21.61, :45.10, and :57.69. In 2010, Pica Slew set the record time of 1:10.96.
Wildcat Lily brought $23.40, $9.40, and $6.00 for the win. Dreaming of Sophia returned $8.80 and $5.80 for second, while Street Girl paid $4.60 for third.
Completing the order of finish were Putitinmypocket, Wholelotaroyalty, Twice Told Tale, The Royal Boot, Vitameta, Holy Macho Mattie, Bama Rose, Dreaming of Lucy, and Pass Me a Bottle. The two also-eligibles, Cappachino Gal and Black Heir, were scratched.
With the win in the Leave Me Alone, Wildcat Lily now has a 4-3-1 record in 15 career starts and $142,855 in lifetime earnings.
In the $75,000 U Can Do It Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, Amaty Racing Stables Inc.’s Capitalism At Risk earned her first career stakes victory in her first attempt, conquering Oh Carole by just a nose at the wire and giving her a fifth-straight win this year.
The 6-year-old mare took charge of the 6-furlong race, hitting splits of :21.26, :44.75, and :57.70 while holding off competitor Givhans Ferry and Saint Aggie. Oh Carole closed coming into the stretch and after passing tightly by Saint Aggie, was in an all-out battle with Capitalism At Risk, who held on strong for the win with a final time of 1:11.37.
“I won four races with her before. She improved a lot. A lot, a lot,” jockey Orlando Bocachica said. “She showed speed and she was game. She was game in the end; she showed her heart, too.”
Capitalism At Risk returned $15.60, $7.00, and $5.80 for the win. Oh Carole brought $6.80 and $4.60 for place, and Saint Aggie returned $4.20 for show.
The post-time favorite Angelica Zapata, Bahia Beach, Starship Truffles, Givhans Ferry, and Latin Rocks rounded out the order of finish.
With the win in the U Can Do It, Capitalism At Risk now has 17 victories in 44 career starts with three second and six third-place finishes, and lifetime earnings of $280,562.
Black Diamond Cat rounded out the Summit Preview with a 1 ¾-length victory in the $75,000 Ponche Handicap over Close It Out, who won the Champali Stakes at Calder in May.
Jockey Luca Panici let Bahamian Squall take the lead while Trickmeister raced just behind him and had On Appeal running nearby before heading outside to make his move and bid with Bahamian Squall and On Appeal down the stretch. While On Appeal tired, Close It Out advanced on the rail and Bahamian Squall dropped back, allowing Black Diamond Cat to come ahead for the win.
Fractional times for the race were :21.96, :44.97, and :57.47, with a final time of 1:10.28, which is the second-fastest time in Ponche history.
“It looked like when he comes behind the speed he’s better. The pace was very, very fast and I sat very, very easy, and everything went great,” Panici said.
Black Diamond Cat paid $29.20, $9.80, and $4.00 for first. Close It Out returned $4.60 and $3.40 for second, and Grande Shores brought $6.80 for third.
The post-time favorite Bahamian Squall, Jackson Bend, Trickmeister, On Appeal, and Smoking the Field completed the order of finish.
Including the victory in the Ponche, Black Diamond Cat now has seven wins in 47 career starts, 11 second-place finishes and five third-place finishes with $323,954 in career earnings.