Multiple 2-year-olds who broke their maidens in their first career races look to earn their first career stakes victories in the $100,000 J J’s Dream Stakes and the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes, to be held on Saturday, June 22, at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Wesley A. Ward’s Sweetmarys Success ships in to Calder for the J J’s Dream. She broke her maiden by 3 lengths on May 1 in her career debut at Churchill Downs at 4 ½-furlongs in a maiden special weight race. She has had four posted workouts at Keeneland Race Course leading up to the J J’s Dream. Most recently, she worked a 4 furlong bullet in :46.40 on June 15, heading 70 workers at that distance.
Rose Family Stable’s Maura’s Purse cleared the field by 6 lengths as the post-time favorite in her second career start at 4 ½-furlongs at Calder on May 11 in a maiden special weight race. On April 26, she finished second by a length to Live Oak Plantation’s Her Royalship in their career debuts at Calder in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race. Maura’s Purse worked 4 furlongs on June 15 in her most recent work for the J J’s Dream, clocking a time of :48.20, which was the second-fastest time of 80 horses who worked at that distance. Her Royalship most recently worked from the gate on June 16 for the J J’s Dream, going 3 furlongs in :36.40.
Gilbert G. Campbell’s Scandalous Act scored her first-time out at Calder in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race as the post-time favorite on May 18, and was hand-ridden to win 6 ½-lengths ahead of the field. Running in the J J’s Dream as well is Scandalous Act’s stablemate In Luv With Willie, who is also owned by Gilbert G. Campbell. She finished second in her career debut in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race at Calder on May 30.
Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Proverbs Thirtyone finished second to Scandalous Act, while Christian D. Maingot & Jose Pinchin’s Liberty Fuze finished third. Proverbs Thirtyone returned to gain her maiden victory at Calder by ¾-lengths in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race on June 2. Fellow J J’s Dream competitor Follow My Luck finished third in that race for Matos Racing. Liberty Fuze broke her maiden by 1 ¼-lengths in her next start in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race on June 9 at Calder.
Amaty Racing Stables Inc.’s One More Wild Ride steps up in class for the J J’s Dream. She was claimed from Monarch Stables, Inc. by Amaty Racing Stables, Inc. for $32,000 at Calder on May 31. That day at 4 ½-furlongs, One More Wild Ride scored her maiden win by 4 ½-lengths.
As for the Frank Gomez Memorial, Gelfenstein Farm’s Brothersofthetime comes into the stake after having blown past runners in his first career race at Calder on May 17, scoring by 5 ¼-lengths. He raced with the pacesetter and overtook her coming into the stretch.
Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Breitling Flyer also won first-time out at Calder. On June 1, Breitling Flyer prevailed in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race by 1 ¾-lengths despite having to make his bid from the outside when he was caught tight at the turn on the inside. Roger L. Block’s Purchango, who is also entered in the Frank Gomez Memorial, finished second to Breitling Flyer in that race, while Gilbert G. Campbell’s Right On Course finished fourth.
Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Yes I’m Lucky shipped in to Calder for the J J’s Dream after breaking his maiden by a head in his career debut upon battling in the stretch to come up with the victory by a head in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race on June 2 at Monmouth Park.
Monarch Stables, Inc.’s Vinny’s Wildcat steps up in class for the Frank Gomez Memorial. He won his first career race in a 4 ½-furlong maiden claiming race at Calder on May 31, pulling ahead to win by 3 ¾-lengths.
Kathleen Amaya & Raffaele Centofanti’s Copa Del Rey, All American Horses’ Casiguapo, Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s D N A Approved, Gilbert G. Campbell’s Union Cash, and Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Best Plan Yet are also entered in the Frank Gomez Memorial. They will be making their career racing debuts.
The J J’s Dream Stakes and the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes are listed as the ninth and tenth races on the 11-race card with the approximate post time for the J J’s Dream at 4:26 p.m and the Frank Gomez Memorial at 4:53 p.m. Post time for the first race at Calder is 12:50 p.m.