A dozen or more stakes horses with engagements in one of nine stakes worth $1.65 million to be run Saturday on the "Festival of the Sun" program were on the track for final workouts Monday morning.
Paul Robsham's Trust N Luck and Annabel and William Murphy's The Name's Bond tuned up for the $400,000 In Reality division of the Florida Stallion Stakes with five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 and 1:00 4/5, respectively. Cornelio Velasquez will be aboard Trust N Luck Saturday and Jerry Bailey has accepted the mount on The Name's Bond for veteran horseman Frank Gomez.
Working for the $400,000 My Dear Girl division of the FSS were Richard Weiss' Miss Delia and Peter Lawson's Pitch A Penny. Miss Delia went five-eighths in 1:03 2/5 and Cornelio Velasquez will be aboard for the race. Pitch A Penny, a maiden trained by Ralph Ziadie, was timed a half-mile in 52.
David Fawkes trains Miss Delia, a daughter of Out of Place, who won her only start by two lengths on Sept. 15. Late last week he said, "The way I see it, Ivanavinalot stands alone as the horse to beat in the race and there isn't that much to separate the rest of us. With $400,000 in the purse, you can have a good day even if the favorite wins."
Ralph Ziadie trains Foolish Pleasure Stakes runner-up Trust N Luck and Pitch a Penny, a daughter of Eltish who has been second and fourth twice in three starts sprinting in maiden special company. "She needs the two turns," said Ziadie, who sees the race much as Fawkes does as wide-open after Ivanavinalot.
Ziadie had two other 'Festival' stakes nominees work out this morning. Barbara Smollin's $2.5 million winner Sir Bear went five-eighths in 1:01 4/5 for the $100,000 Spend A Buck Handicap and Ron and Cindy Stengel's Royal Lad clocked a half-mile on turf in :51 for a possible start against older horses in the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint.
Royal Lad, a very talented son of Montbrook, hasn't run since scoring the biggest victory of his career in the $250,000 Carry Back Stakes on the Calder meet‚s other big day, the "Summit of Speed" on July 13.
Trainer Milt Wolfson had a pair of his stable stars in action this morning. Sez Who Racing's 3-year-old Oklahoma Derby (G3) winner The Judge Sez Who went a very easy five furlongs in 1:06 3/5 for a possible start in the $200,000 Calder Derby (G3) and Stride Rite Racing Stable‚s 3-year-old filly Stormy Frolic was timed in 1:01, both moves around the "dogs" on turf.
Two other trainers with nominees for the Calder Turf Sprint Handicap at five furlongs on turf took the opportunity this morning to work their horses on the grass course. Happy Alter had his brilliant 4-year-old filly Flying Birdie out to go five-eighths in a sharp 1:00 2/5 and Take Five Stable's 3-year-old gelding Showmeitall drilled three furlongs in 35 3/5 for trainer Manny Tortora.
Calder Racing Secretary Bob Umphrey posted weights for the Calder Turf, Spend A Buck and $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap over the weekend. Mike Ryan and partners' Texas Glitter and Folly Quarter Stable's Bop were assigned co-topweight of 120 pounds for the Calder Turf Sprint.
Texas Glitter won the race last year for trainer Todd Pletcher and the 6-year-old son of Glitterman is due to arrive from New York on a Tex Sutton charter flight with a number of other "Festival" runners on Thursday morning.
Bop is based in the northeast as well and has won his last four starts for trainer Michael Trombetta. The 5-year-old Rahy horse won a pair of turf sprints at Colonial Downs in Virginia, the Pennsylvania Governors Cup at Penn National, and the Thomas Edison at the Meadowlands after that race was taken off turf.
Bea Oxenberg's 6-year-old Best Of The Rest was given topweight of 121 pounds for the Spend A Buck and trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. has the son of Skip Trial on target for a repeat bid. Sir Bear was assigned to less at 119.
Town and Country Stable's 5-year-old mare Coolbythepool won the Shocker T. Handicap for fillies and mares last year under Jerry Bailey for trainer Marty Wolfson and the daughter of Notebook has been assigned topweight 120 for her repeat bid Saturday.