Florida-Breds Sweep Grand Slam I Stakes; $1 Pick Four Returns $6,678.60

Florida-breds horses running under saddle cloth three swept all four legs of the Grand Slam I races at Calder Saturday and the pick four linking those races returned a healthy $6,678.60 for each $1 wagered.

Longshots winners Radical Riley ($13.80) and Stokotsky ($64.60), and the third-place finish of 2-5 Thunder Bertie -- a single for many bettors -- keyed the big payout.Wild Heart Dancing ($9.20, bred in Florida by J.R. Cavanaugh) won the first leg -- the My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) -- via the disqualification of Kentucky-bred favorite Megans Bluff. In the next race, second betting choice Halo Reality ($9.40, bred in Florida by Centaur Farms) drew away in the stretch to win the $100,000 Three Ring Stakes by four lengths as Thunder Bertie faded to third after setting the opening fractions. The third leg went to Radical Riley, a former claimer and Jacks or Better Farm homebred, who held off 7-5 favorite Outofthebox at the wire to win the What A Pleasure Stakes (gr. III). The big price was cinched in the final leg when Stokosky (bred in Florida by Santa Cruz Ranch) split horses in the stretch en route to victory in the Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. III) at odds of 31-1. All four winners raced under saddle cloth three, with all but Wild Heart Dancing (post position two) also starting from post three.

No favorite won any leg of the pick four. The total handle for the wager was $350,541. It was the second time Calder had offered an all-stakes pick four, the first coming on Summit of Speed Day (July 15), which drew a handle of $280,086. The track will again offer an all-stakes pick four on Grand Slam II, Dec. 30. (Charts, Equibase)

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