'Juvenile Showcase' on Tap at Calder Monday

(from Calder report)
The $125,000 Affirmed and $125,000 Susan's Girl divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes at seven furlongs on Labor Day Monday highlight the second Juvenile Showcase program Saturday at Calder Race Course.

The 13-race card, all for 2-year-olds, offers four other stakes with total purses of more than $600,000. The juvenile program was scheduled for Saturday but switched to Monday after Calder was forced to close by Hurricane Frances.

A field of eight colts is entered for the Affirmed. Trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. has two favorites in Bea Oxenberg and his wife Laurie's B.B. Best, ridden by Eddie Castro, and Thorobeam Farm and Henry Mast's Favre with Manny Aguilar aboard.

B.B. Best and Favre finished one-two in the six-furlong Dr. Fager Division of the FSS on Aug. 14 with B.B. Best three lengths the best. B.B. Best is a son of top freshman sire Yes It's True   and has won three of his four starts in brilliant fashion.

B.B. Best's lone setback came in the Criterium Stakes won by Devils Disciple, who would later finish a game second in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. B.B. Best finished a dull fourth in the Criterium at odds of 3-to-10, but the players obviously forgave the aberration and made him 3-to-10 for the Dr. Fager.

Favre ran well in the Dr. Fager and the son of Montbrook may be looking for more distance. Purchased for $150,000 at the OBS March 2-year-old sales, the chestnut looked good breaking his maiden after finishing second in his debut to the highly regarded Actxecutive.

Thomas Willmott's Hostile Witness is another who may appreciate the additional distance after rallying from last of eight to finish third in the Dr. Fager, beaten a half-length for third by Favre.

Trained by Larry Bates, Hostile Witness was a $95,000 OBS April 2-year-old purchase by another leading freshman sire in Successful Appeal  . Prior to the Dr. Fager he broke his maiden by three lengths at 6 1/2 furlongs. Jockey Manoel Cruz gets a return call.

Barbara Vivian and Dominic Vittese's Aclassysassylassy is the likely favorite among seven fillies entered in the Susan's Girl after drawing off to win the Desert Vixen Division of the FSS by 3 1/4 lengths under regular rider Manny Aguilar, who will be back aboard Monday.

Aclassysassylassy is a diminutive roan/gray daughter of Wild Event purchased for $32,000 at the OBS April 2-year-old sale by veteran horseman Dave Vivian. In two starts prior to the Desert Vixen she won her debut by 12 1/2 lengths and finished second in the J j'sdream Stakes.

Track Ho Farm and Saratoga Knights' Cut the Mustard held a three-length lead past the eighth pole in the Desert Vixen before tiring late to finish second. The daughter of Double Honor has been transferred to trainer Manny Tortora's barn since that race. Jockey Dale Beckner gets a return call.

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and Walter (Buddy) New's Yes It's Gold finished third in the Desert Vixen, her fourth start. The daughter of Yes It's True was brilliant winning her career debut by 12 1/2 lengths and was sold privately thereafter and placed with trainer David Fawkes. Gary Boulanger is her regular rider.

$125,000 Florida Stallion Susan's Girl Stakes, 2-year-old Florida-bred fillies, 7 furlongs
PP. Horse, Jockey, ML Odds
1. Lady Ana L (FL), Julio A. Garcia, 10/1
2. Cut the Mustard (FL), Dale V. Beckner, 4/1
3. Midtown Miss (FL), Manoel R. Cruz, 6/1
4. Leona's Knight (FL), Eduardo O. Nunez, 12/1
5. Yes It's Gold (FL), Gary Boulanger, 3/1
6. Aclassysassylassy (FL), Manuel Aguilar, 6/5
7. Champagne Girl (FL), Sebastian O. Madrid, 20/1
All carry 118 pounds.

$125,000 Florida Stallion Affirmed Stakes, 2-year-old Florida breds, 7 furlongs
1. Favre (FL), Manuel Aguilar, 6/1
2. B. B. Best (FL), Eddie Castro, 8/5
3. Cherokee Chase (FL), Cecilio Penalba, 20/1
4. Hostile Witness (NY), Manoel R. Cruz, 6/1
5. Hal's Image (FL), Eduardo O. Nunez, 10/1
6. Captain Lindsay (FL), Gary Boulanger, 15/1
7. Rompburger (FL), Aurelio Toribio, Jr., 5/1
8. Cin Cin (FL), Abdiel Toribio, 3/1
All carry 118 pounds.

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