The Sunday feature at Calder Casino & Race Course, a second-level optional claiming allowance to be run at one mile over the main track, presents the populace with a study in contrasts as one horse, the 3-year-old Straight Fax, boasts a record of six wins from 18 starts for a 33-percent lifetime win rate, while the remaining six entrants in the race are a combined 30-for-263 for a less-impressive 11-percent winning mark.
Trained by Walter Rosas-Canessa, Straight Fax enjoyed nearly all of his success during his juvenile season, rolling to victories in each of his first four outings. And even though the colt’s winning ways have become far less frequent, the son of Halifax was a good 1 ½-length winner in his most recent start, a starter allowance contested at the same one-mile trip as Sunday’s feature.
Straight Fax isn’t the lone 3-year-old entered in the Sunday feature as the Ron Spatz-trained Megamove will run and has been installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the race.
Just a two-time winner from 14 appearances, Megamove crossed the wire a distant second in his last start when chasing home the runaway winner Riversrunrylee, who likely ran a career-best race when prevailing that day. Prior to that performance, Megamove was a clear three-length allowance winner, and it should be noted that the consistent colt has missed the board just twice in his last 12 starts.
After two adequate performances on turf, which has never proven to be his best surface, the 7-year-old Unbridled Heat will start in the Sunday feature for trainer David Braddy. A winner in 11 of his 76 career starts, the son of Unbridled Time has toured the Calder winner’s circle four times, most recently after prevailing in a mid-June starter allowance.
Another intriguing 7-year-old slated to start Sunday is Dream Maestro, who boasts a lifetime bankroll in excess of $600,000 despite getting his picture taken just four times in 56 starts. Trained by Giuseppe Iadisernia, who claimed the veteran gelding for $25,000 on June 17, the son of Concerto exits a third-place performance where he crossed the wire 1 ½ lengths behind Megamove as both gave futile chase to Riversrunrylee.
Other runners entered for the Sunday feature include the 6-year-old Decaf Again, who is nearing the $200,000 mark in career earnings; 7-year-old Matty’s Trail, who hasn’t won a race since November 2010 at Churchill Downs; and the sophomore gelding Two Is to Many, who exits three straight failed stakes attempts.
The Sunday feature goes as the eighth race on the nine-race card.
WEATHER DOESN’T DETER MORNING WORKERS
Despite a steady dose of heavy morning weather at Calder on Saturday, race track clockers were kept busy as a total 100 horses splashed their way through official morning moves, including several recent stakes participants.
Among those making the Saturday tab was the promising 2-year-old colt Singanothersong, a Ron Pellegrini trainee that blasted a five-furlong bullet in 1:00.40, which was nearly two full seconds better than the next fastest move at the distance.
A second-place finisher in his career debut when checking in 1 ½ lengths behind subsequent Grade 3 Sapling winner and likely Birdonthewire starter Brave Dave, Singanothersong returned to break his maiden in his next start before putting forth a fourth-place performance in the Seacliff Stakes.
The son of Songandaprayer was one of 11 juvenile colts or geldings that were nominated to the Birdonthewire, a six-furlong dash that will be run September 29.
Miami Mile fifth-place finisher Decisive Moment worked four furlongs on Saturday in :50.80 in his third morning drill since that mid-April race, while Hollywood Wildcat fifth-place finisher Prize Informant covered the same trip in :49.20 in her first appearance on the track since September 1.
Also worth mention are the morning appearances by High Level Jeff and Gator Warrior, a pair of horses that have migrated to south Florida from California.
High Level Jeff won his first two starts at Calder in 2010 before shipping west where he contested that year’s Grade 1 Cash Call Futurity and Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes, albeit with little success.
The son of Vindication was subsequently put to the sidelines for over a year, returning to make one start at Santa Anita in early March before shipping to Calder in mid-July. Saturday’s work, a five-furlong move in 1:03 for trainer Steve Dwoskin, was the colt’s third since his return.
Gator Warrior won his career debut as the even-money favorite at Hollywood Park in early June 2011, but the then-Bob Baffert trainee never became the horse he appeared destined to be, dropping six straight races out west culminating with an eighth-place run at Santa Anita this past January.
The son of Cherokee Run resurfaced at Double Diamond Farm and Training Center where he recorded five morning moves between August 11and September 12 before shipping to trainer Dave Fawkes on September 14 and working a half-mile in :49.60 Saturday.