Favored Rehoboth, rallying along the inside for Eibar Coa, won a long fight to the wire to defeat 31-1 shot Dazzling Dr. Cevin by a nose in the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic on Florida Million Day at Calder Race Course Saturday.Coa won three stakes races on Saturday. The Classic was the final of eight stakes for Florida breds worth $1.2 million.Dazzling Dr. Cevin opened a slight lead at the eighth pole for jockey Daniel Centeno but just failed to last. It was a half-length to Summer Book in third.Sent off as the 8-to-5 favorite, Rehoboth paid $5.40, $3.20 and $2.80 and covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.57. Calder veteran Frank Gomez trains him.Dazzling Dr. Cevin paid $15.40 and $6.80 to place. Summer Book returned $3.60 to show.The win, worth $120,000, pushes Rehoboth's lifetime earnings to $350,900. He has won seven races in 20 career starts. A 3-year-old son of Wagon Limit, Rehoboth was bred in Florida by Mr. and Mrs. Leverett S. Miller.Revved Up Defends Title in Bonnie Heath Turf Cup
Live Oak Plantation's 8-year-old Revved Up defended his title in the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup, defeating Magic Mecke by a half-length. Bob's Proud Moment was just another half-length back in third in a thrilling stretch run.Jockey Eddie Castro was aboard Revved Up for trainer Christophe Clement and Live Oak Plantation owner Charlotte Weber. The rider teamed up with Weber last week to win the $2 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Churchill Downs aboard Revved Up's younger half-brother, Miesque's Approval.Sent off as the 4-to-5 favorite, Revved Up covered the 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:47.94 and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10. Magic Mecke paid $3.20 and $2.40, while Bob's Proud Moment returned $2.80 to show.The win, worth $90,000, pushes Revved Up's lifetime earnings to $1,294,803 with 17 wins in 34 starts.
D'artagnans'spirit Upsets Jack Dudley Sprint
A late surge on the inside by D'artagnans'spirit, with Edgar Prado aboard, provided an 8-1 upset in the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap over 31-1 shot Eternal Look by a head.It was 2 ¼ lengths back to Kopper Kilgoar in third.Kirk Ziadie at Calder trains D 'artagnans'spirit for owner/breeder Stephen White. His seventh win in 19 starts increased the winner's total earnings to $197,641.The 4-year-old Secret Hello gelding covered the six furlongs in 1:11.03 and paid $19.40, $8.20 and $5.60.Eternal Look returned $19.20 and $12.60 to place, while Kopper Kilgoar paid $9.60 to show.The winner of the 2005 Jack Dudley Sprint, Weigelia, finished fifth this time after opening a one-length lead in the stretch.
Two Turns No problem for Take D'Tour in Elmer Heubeck Distaff
Alice Muller's grade I stakes winner Take D'Tour successfully returned to restricted Florida-bred company in the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap. The 5-year-old mare won the race easily by 3 ¾ lengths over Tiger Belle. The pacesetting Running Lass was third.Ridden by jockey Eibar Coa, Take D'Tour raced in stalking position behind the early leaders of the 1 1/16-mile race until taking command at the quarter pole. The Florida-bred daughter of Tour d'Or drew off to win in 1:46.69. Trained by David Fawkes, Take D'Tour was sent off as the 3-5 favorite and paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.20. Tiger Belle paid $8.20 and $5.40, while Running Lass returned $6.40 to show.Take D'Tour snapped a three-race losing streak while earning $120,000 for her eighth win in 20 starts. Her lifetime earnings stand at $592,740.Soldier's Dancer Wins Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf
Herman Heinlein's Soldier's Dancer was an impressive 6 ¾-length winner of the $100,000 Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf. Ridden to victory by jockey Rene Douglas, it was the first start on grass for Soldier's Dancer, a gelded son of Lost Soldier.David Vivian trains Soldier's Dancer, who covered the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:42.31. He paid $8.40, $4.80 and $3.00. Finishing second was Villlainage, returning $5.00 and $3.00. Favored Storm in May was third, paying $2.40.It was the third career victory in seven starts for Soldier's Dancer, whose earnings climbed to $103,420. Franks Farm bred him in Florida.Dream of Angels Holds on to Win Jack Price Juvenile
Pamela Halter's Texas invader Dream of Angels held off a fast-closing Green Vegas by a neck to win the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile. The pacesetting Yesbyjimminy finished third.Dream of Angels' first four starts were at Lone Star Park in Texas and Remington Park in Oklahoma for trainer John Locke. Steve Standridge saddled Dream of Angels, a Florida-bred son of Trippi, at Calder Saturday. Winning jockey Richard Eramia, 27, has won approximately 900 races in his career, most of them in Uruguay. He has ridden at Calder in years past but currently rides in Texas and Oklahoma.Dream of Angels, part of an entry with Dream America, paid $10.20, $4.60 and $2.40. Green Vegas returned $3.80 and $2.20, and Yesbyjimminy, three lengths farther back, paid $2.20 to show. Dream of Angels covered the seven furlongs in a quick time of 1:23.77.Ocala Stud Farm bred Dream of Angels. Pay Wright Victorious in John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf
Richlyn Farms' 2-year-old filly Pay Wright won the $100,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf in the filly's first start at Calder. It was the third consecutive victory for the filly after having won turf races at Belmont Park and the Meadowlands in her last two starts.George Weaver trains Pay Wright, who now sports a record of 3-1-2 from six career starts. Each of her wins has come on the grass. She was ridden Saturday by jockey Eibar Coa for the first time.Pay Wright covered the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:42.43, defeating Dantrelle Light by 1 ½ lengths. Perfect Motion finished third. The winner returned $4.20, $2.40 and $2.10. Dantrelle Light paid $3.40 and $2.60, while Perfect Motion returned $2.60.A daughter of French Envoy, Pay Wright was bred in Florida by Debbie Thacker.Secretsoftheheart Leads All the Way in Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies
Carl Bowling's homebred filly Secretsoftheheart won the $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies in front-running style under jockey Edgar Prado. Shawn Musgrave trains the 2-year-old daughter of Put It Back, who won her only previous start by seven lengths at Calder on Oct. 21. Secretsoftheheart defeated Bianco by three lengths Saturday. It was another three-quarters of a length back to Sophisticatedevent in third.Secretsoftheheart covered the seven furlongs in 1:25.53. She paid $5.40, $3.40 and $2.60. Bianco returned $3.00 and $2.40, while Sophisticatedevent paid $2.60 to show.(Chart, Equibase)