Sophomore stakes highlight strong Saturday at CalderMay 9th, 2012 | By TrackSide View | Category: Race Preview
Calder Race Course
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A trio of Jacks or Better Farm, Inc. homebred Stallion Stakes winners, Fort Loudon, Awesome Belle, and Redbud Road, will take to the Calder Casino & Race Course main track on Saturday as a pair of six-furlong sprint stakes for 3-year-olds, the $75,000 In Summation Stakes and the $75,000 French Village Stakes, highlight a rich Saturday of racing in south Florida.
Trained by Stanley Gold, Fort Loudon swept all three divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes in 2011, culminating with 2 ½-length victory in the $300,000 In Reality Division as part of the October 15 Festival of the Sun program. The son of Awesome of Course has since tested the best of his generation, competing in four successive graded stakes including the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Grade 1 Florida Derby.
Fort Loudon has drawn the inside stall for the nine-horse In Summation and will be ridden by jockey Luis Jurado.
Though he was never a threat to Fort Loudon in either of their two 2011 Stallion Stakes encounters, Rey Wan Racing’s Hello Prince looks to be a worthy In Summation adversary as the son of Halo’s Image enters the race off a close fourth in the $75,000 Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Prior to that outing, the Daniel Pita trainee crossed the wire second in the Grade 3 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
During his juvenile season, Hello Prince was a three-time conqueror of the Calder main track, winning those races by a combined 13½ lengths, including an authoritative six-length score in the $100,000 Birdonthewire Stakes.
Assigned post five for the In Summation, Hello Prince will enjoy the riding services of Jose Angel Garcia.
Other notable entrants for the In Summation are World Thoroughbreds Racing, Inc.’s Tell All You Know, a winner of two straight sprints prior to an 11th-place performance in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby; Vicente Stella Stables, LLC’s Indirectly A. P., the third-place finisher in the Sophomore Stakes at Tampa; and Brenda Tabraue and Andrea’s Farm’s Angelofdistinction, winner of the $75,000 Inaugural Stakes at Tampa in December.
The Stanley Gold-conditioned pair of Awesome Belle and Redbud Road share marquee billing for the $75,000 French Village Stakes, which has attracted a talented field of nine 3-year-old fillies.
Awesome Belle, the winner of last year’s $300,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, exits a sixth-place performance in the Calder Oaks and is looking to stop a six-race losing streak while Redbud Road, a two-time Stallion Stakes winner last year, hasn’t started since finishing third in the My Dear Girl.
Awesome Belle was assigned post one for the French Village with Jeffrey Sanchez listed to ride. Redbud Road fared better at the post position draw and will be ridden from stall six by Luis Saez.
White Hall Lane Farm’s Citizen Advocate, a three-time stakes winner that boasts the rare treble of added-money victories over dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces, appears the challenger most likely to upend Awesome Belle and Redbud Road in the French Village.
The David Vivian-trained daughter of Proud Citizen, second in the $75,000 Sophomore Fillies at Tampa in her last start and winner of the Catcharisingstar on the Calder turf in 2011, has drawn post eight for the French Village with Luis Jurado named to ride.
Other notables scheduled for a start in the French Village include Rosa Stephany Taveras’ Miss Quisqueya, a two-time allowance winner at Gulfstream this spring, and Ron Hendrickson’s Who Is Camille, winner of the $50,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sale Sprint Filly Division at the Ocala Training Center in her last start.
A third stake adds intrigue to the Saturday program at Calder as a full field of 12 will sprint five furlongs over the turf course in the $55,000 Champali.
Little Drama, a two-time main track stakes winner, will make his turf debut in the Champali where he is scheduled to meet the unbeaten and recently imported Panamanian mare Amor de Palacio, 2011 Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash and 2012 Needles Stakes hero Musical Flair, and recent $75,000 Tampa Turf Dash runner-up Western Prospector.
In addition to a multi-surface stakes triple, the Saturday program at Calder will also feature the third-leg of the lucrative Calder Starter Series, which offers a $50,000 purse for the nine horses scheduled to engage in battle over one mile and 70 yards of Calder dirt.
A pair of competitive allowance races, one on turf featuring stakes-placed participants Argentine Tango, Csaba, and Empire Builder, and the other on dirt, help accentuate a compelling Saturday card from Calder.
First race post time is 12:55 p.m. The stakes portion of the Saturday program will begin with the In Summation, scheduled as race nine at 4:30 p.m. The French Village will follow at 4:59 p.m. with the Champali listed for a 5:26 p.m. start.