Robert M. Dubois' 4-year-old colt Bob's Proud Moment won the first stakes race of his career in taking the Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Calder Race Course turf Monday. Under jockey Manoel Cruz, Bob's Proud Moment made a thrilling run in deep stretch to catch the front-running favorite, Southern Cal, and hold off another closer, Dancing Master, by a half-length. Southern Cal, the 7-5 choice, had a four-length lead in mid-stretch but tired and drifted out while closing in on the wire. "I think that my horse likes the soft turf, so that helped a little bit," Cruz said. "I knew that the favorite was going to show all the speed so I wanted to break good and not let him get too far away from us. Even though we broke well (Southern Cal) was running away from the field, going pretty fast in front. "When I saw Southern Cal drift out a bit in the stretch I knew he was getting tired so I made my move on the inside," Cruz added.
Bob's Proud Moment had been close in stakes races before, including last year's Calder Derby (gr. III), when he lost by a head to Eddington. Monday's victory is the fourth of his career and pushes his lifetime earnings to $220,330. He is not eligible for the Breeders' Cup fund monies from the Miami Mile, so his earnings were $45,000.
Trained by Doug Potter, Bob's Proud Moment covered the mile over a yielding turf course in 1:38.18. Sent off at odds of 7-to-2, he returned $9.80, 6.20 and 3.00. Dancing Master, a 21-to-1 shot, paid $15.20 and 5.60, while Southern Cal paid $2.40. "He's had some tough beats in big races, like when Eddington beat him a photo in the Calder Derby last year," Potter said. "He's the best horse I've ever had. I've won stakes with horses before him, but this is my first graded stakes win in 13 years training." (Chart, Equibase)J D Farms and Peggy Dellheim's 4-year-old filly Chancey Light won the $100,000 Aspidistra Handicap at Calder earlier on Labor Day with leading jockey Eddie Castro in the saddle. Skip Command was second with Silver Lace third. All three were closers in the one-mile turf stakes.
Chancey Light completed the one-mile distance on turf in 1:39.39. She has now won five of 22 career starts for earnings of $148,465.
Trained by David Brownlee, Chancey Light was sent off at odds of 5-to-1 and paid $13.20, 6.80 and 4.80. Skip Command, 25-to-1, returned $22.20 and 9.20; Silver Lace paid $5.00 to show. The 6-to-5 favorite, R Obsession, finished last in the eight-horse field. (Chart, Equibase)