The field for Saturday's $300,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds, part of the "Summit of Speed" at Calder Race Course, took on a much more wide open appearance when trainer Todd Pletcher withdrew Forest Danger.
Aaron and Marie Jones' Forest Danger, favored in all four of his career starts, would have gone favored, but Pletcher said Thursday he was dissatisfield with the Forestry
colt's training coming into the race. He said Forest Danger would return during Saratoga instead.
His defection reduced the field to 12 for the six-furlong Carry Back.
Edmund Gann's roan/gray gelding Ice Wynnd Fire ships in from New York for trainer Bobby Frankel after an impressive five-length allowance tally at Belmont on June 20 under Jerry Bailey, who will be aboard Saturday.
Ice Wynnd Fire made his first two starts at Calder for breeder T. Wynn Jolley and trainer Marty Wolfson last fall before being sold privately and placed with Frankel in California. The son of Northern Afleet
finished third in a photo finish as the odds-on choice in the Sunshine Millions Dash at Santa Anita on Jan. 24, his only start this year prior to the Belmont allowance victory.
Twice as Bad was beaten by a half-length by stablemate Boomzeeboom when stretching out in the 1 1/16-mile Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park. He won the Lazaro S. Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) at seven furlongs by three lengths prior to that.
Before being transferred to the West Coast and trainer Vladimir Cerin, Twice as Bad had raced in Florida with modest success. In his last start at Calder Race Course in the $100,000 What A Pleasure Stakes Dec. 13, he finished second to Second of June over 1 1/16 miles.
Sir Oscar was undefeated at 2, winning the Jack Price Juvenile at Calder in November, before an unsuccessful foray on the Florida Triple Crown trail in the winter.
Abbondanza held off Carry Back rival Bwana Charlie by a head in the Hirsch Jacobs at Pimlico on Preakness Day May 15. Abbondanza, trained by Tommy Tullock, finished second behind Forest Danger in the seven-furlong Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct on April 10.$300,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III), 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Caballero Negro (KY), 115, Eddie Castro
2. Twice as Bad (FL), 119, Jon K. Court
3. Misguided Left (FL), 115, Abdiel Toribio
4. Weigelia (FL), 117, Aurelio Toribio, Jr.
5. Sir Oscar (FL), 122, Julio A. Garcia
6. Ice Wynnd Fire (FL), 115, Jerry D. Bailey
7. Classy Migration (FL), 112, Pat Day
8. Forest Danger (KY), 119, John R. Velazquez, scr.
9. Sami's Majic (FL), 115, Joe Bravo
10. Bourbon N Blues (FL), 115, Cornelio H. Velasquez
11. Bwana Charlie (KY), 119, Shane J. Sellers
12. Stormin' Lyon (KY), 117, Roberto M. Gonzalez
13. Abbondanza (FL), 119, Ramon A. Dominguez