Recent Calder Oaks heroine Frolic’s Revenge and eight-time stakes winner Trip for A. J. will return to the track in the next few days to begin preparations for their next respective starts, although trainer Milt Wolfson remains a bit uncertain as to what those races will be.
“It all depends on what comes up,” Wolfson said when asked where either of his stable stars might turn up next. “There’s a race for (Trip for) A. J. on the turf later in the month that we’ll look at. But she can also go on dirt, so there are options."
The race Wolfson refers to is the $55,000 Sara’s Success, to be run at one mile on the Calder Casino & Race Course turf Saturday, May 19.
A potential rival in that race is Romacaca, who Trip for A. J. has finished second to on three occasions, including last year’s running of the Sara’s Success and most recently in a top-shelf turf allowance on April 20.
“I’d rather not catch Romacaca again,” Wolfson admitted. “I’m tired of chasing her around. Maybe she’ll have shipped north by then. That would make us pretty tough in there.”
As for Frolic’s Revenge, the Oaks winner is similarly non-committed to a race, with the $75,000 Three Ring Stakes run July 21 on the Calder main track and the $75,000 Crystal Rail Stakes around two turns of Calder turf on August 18 possible mid-season goals.
“She’s doing fine and she came out of the race in good shape,” Wolfson said. “She’s another we can run on turf or dirt, so again there are options. It’s just a matter of what race comes up next for her.”
Frolic’s Revenge was nominated to the $75,000 French Village Stakes, to be run at six furlongs May 12, but seems unlikely for that race as her last nine starts have come around two turns and the time between the Oaks and the French Village is just two weeks.
CALDER CONNECTIONS CONVENE AT CHURCHILL
While no Calder-based starter at Churchill Downs this weekend is more prominent than Kentucky Derby dreamer Trinniberg, several other horses with local ties will carry the Calder flag into battle on Saturday.
Musical Romance, the 2011 Eclipse Award winner for Champion Female Sprinter, heads a field of nine that will compete in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff, which goes as the ninth race on the Churchill program.
In the Humana Distaff, the Bill Kaplan trainee is scheduled to meet last year’s Grade 1 Princess Rooney winner Sassy Image along with Hot Summer, the runner-up in the Grade 2 Inside Information trained by Dave Fawkes.
Two races earlier, Fawkes will saddle Apriority for a start in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap, a race the son of Grand Slam finished second in last year when beaten an unlucky nose.
Although not based at Calder, former local winners Turbo Compressor, who took the 2011 Carl G. Rose Classic, and Little Mike, an allowance winner at Calder, are both scheduled to contest the Grade 1 Turf Classic.
IADISERNIA EDGES AHEAD IN TRAINING TITLE TILT
The fifth race at Calder on Thursday could be viewed as a microcosmic representation of the early battle for the meet’s leading trainer as Pyrite Smokin, trained by Giuseppe Iadisernia, held sway over the late-advancing Nashira, conditioned by Kirk Ziadie.
After winning with eight starters through the first two weeks of racing to ascend atop the table, Iadisernia was shut out last week allowing Ziadie, who prevailed with four of seven runners during the timeframe Iadisernia was blanked, to pull one victory away from a tie at the head of the leader board.
In holding off Ziadie to win Thursday’s fifth, Iadisernia gained a little breathing room in the standings and entered the Friday program with a nine-win to seven-win advantage over Ziadie.