A field of 11 has been entered in the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Calder Race Course, including La Colmena Racing Stable's Sweettrickydancer, who will be seeking her fifth straight victory in the 1 1/16-mile turf event for 3-year-old fillies.
The daughter of Green Dancer, trained by Rodolfo Garcia, will have her work cut out to maintain her streak as she goes from Post 11 under highweight of 121 pounds with regular rider Eibar Coa in the boot.
Sweettrickydancer was second in her first turf try at Calder on Oct. 7, but couldn't be stopped after that, winning four in a row. The most recent in that streak was a victory in the Tropical Park Oaks.
Devil at the Wire, who was second that day, beaten less than a length, returns in Saturday's race. The Devil His Due filly goes from Post 6 under 117 pounds, and trainer Ken McPeek has named Mark Guidry to ride again.
The third finisher in the Tropical Park Oaks, Damico & Stenaj Stable's Askforaraise, is also back in the Herecomesthebride. The daughter of Indian Charlie, who was second to Sweettrickydancer in the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes in November, goes from Post 5, and trainer Oliver Edwards has named Marland Suckie to ride again.
Trainer Marty Wolfson saddles an interesting entrant in Seltzer & Goodman's All My Yesterdays. The Wild Again filly broke her maiden on the grass last out at Tampa Bay Downs and is probably the least experienced member of the field. However, Wolfson is known for his success with grass horses and he has gotten Jesus Castanon, the leading rider at Tampa, to head south for a return ride on All My Yesterdays. The filly goes from Post 10 under 115 pounds.
Trainer Vinnie Blengs sends out Max Hugel's Gal O Gal, who is a course-and-distance winner. The Manlove filly scored in an $80,000 claiming race here last out for her third straight score on the turf. Gal O Gal goes from Post 2 with Chris DeCarlo in the boot.
S.J.B Stable's Holiday Runner, a stakes winner on the main track last year, makes her turf debut in the Herecomesthebride. The Meadowlake miss, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, won the Three Chimneys Juvenile at Churchill Downs and the Fashion Stakes at Belmont last season. Edgar Prado gets the riding call for the first time as Holiday Runner goes from Post 9 under 119 pounds.
Amerman Racing Stable's Barboura is another course-and-distance winner. The French-bred filly made her U.S. debut here on Jan. 10 for trainer Mark Hennig and scored by a half-length in her maiden win. She carries 117 Saturday, with John Velazquez up.
The others entered are Michael Gill's City Fire, 117, Jose Santos; Elite Racing & N. Fornaro et al's Formal Miss, 117, Carlos Gonzalez; Three Friends Stable's Storm Clipper, 115, Cornelio Velasquez, and Edward Marshall's Bolaro, 119, Rene Douglas.