Move Horse, Inc.'s 2-year-old Florida-bred colt Too Experience made the final strides of the one-mile Seacliff Stakes count on Saturday at Calder Casino & Race Course when he caught the pacesetting Andersonstate at the wire to win by three-quarters of a length. Bluegrass Bull was seven lengths back in third place.
Trained by the owner, Mark Passley, Too Experience was ridden to victory by Roimes Chirinos and covered the one mile in 1:41.40. At the mutuel windows, he paid $8.20, $4.60, and $3.40. Too Experience is now undefeated after three starts.
The Seacliff Stakes was the second of six stakes on Calder's Juvenile Showcase program. $17,000 in FTBOA money was reverted in this race due to non-Florida-breds finishing in awarded positions. The total purse was $83,000.
Winning trainer's quotes:
Mark Passley - "I thought from the get-go that going a distance would be his best game. He's by Drewman. I didn't run him until they started going six furlongs. I bought him for $1,000 (OBS April 2-year-old sales). I am Move Horse (Inc., owner). I'll see how he comes out of it and consider the next distance race ($85,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes on Sept. 25)."
(Note: Too Experience is not eligible for the Stallion Stakes series.)
Winning jockey's quotes:
Roimes Chirinos - "I know that the times of the races this horse has won have not been fast times but, this horse has a lot of class. He's very professional and he knows how to win. He's won all three of his races so far and I think he will keep on maturing and improving with the distance."
Calder celebrates its long-standing reputation for top-notch 2-year-old racing with a day dedicated entirely to it: the Juvenile Showcase. Horses that raced at Calder as juveniles and later went on to become national champions include: Brave Raj, Cherokee Run, Hollywood Wildcat, Holy Bull, Jewel Princess, Not Surprising, Princess Rooney, Smile, Spend A Buck, and Unbridled.
Seacliff became the third of six horses to sweep the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes when he won the three-race series in 1995. A homebred owned by Herb and Ione Elkins and trained by Bill Kaplan, the Florida-bred son of Valid Appeal also won the Spectacular Bid Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park. The Elkins were inducted into the Calder Hall of Fame in 2006.