Ready's Gal Heads Genter Line-Up at Calder

(from Calder release)
James Scatuorchio's Ready's Gal, a two-time stakes winner on turf for trainer Todd Pletcher, is likely to be the favorite in the $100,000 Frances A. Genter (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies on the Calder turf course Saturday.

A total of 19 fillies were entered in the race but only 12 will start.

The Genter and the $100,000 Pete Axthelm are companion events for 3-year-olds at 7 ½ furlongs on turf and anchor Saturday's $400,000 Grand Slam III program. Both events attracted over-subscribed fields. Rounding out the stakes line-up are the $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap and $100,000 Chaposa Springs Handicap, both for fillies and mares.

Ready's Gal showed promise on the main track early in her career. The daughter of More Than Ready   won her first two starts and finished a game second in the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park to complete her juvenile season.

After a pair of disappointing efforts as the favorite to start this season on the main track, Pletcher switched her to the turf. Ready's Gal won the Little Silver Stakes at Monmouth Park and the Lake George (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga. Last out, the $120,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase finished up the track in the Pebbles Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 10 after that race was forced off turf.

Vinery Stable's More Than Promised, to be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan for trainer Steve Asmussen, brings stakes credentials as well. Also a daughter of More Than Ready  , the $260,000 Saratoga yearling purchase has won five of nine starts on grass with three seconds.

More Than Promised has campaigned in the Midwest for the most part and is on a four-race win streak, capturing the Remington Park Oaks in Oklahoma and the Pago Hop last out at Louisiana Downs on Nov. 26. Asmussen shipped her to Calder from Kentucky in early May and she finished first in the GTOBA Oaks, only to be disqualified to second.

$100,000 Frances A. Genter Stakes (gr. IIIT, Race 9, 3:51 p.m.), 3-year-old fillies, 7 1/2 furlongs (turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Pommes Frites (KY), 116, Joe Bravo
2. Ready's Gal (KY), 121, John R. Velazquez
3. Dansetta Light (FL), 121, Juan C. Leyva
4. Elle Runaway (KY), 121, Eddie Castro
5. Flying Circle (KY), 118, Manuel Aguilar
6. Tiger Belle (FL), 118, Mike E. Smith
7. Laurafina (KY), 116, Rafael Bejarano
8. Snug Harbour (FL), 118, Christopher P. DeCarlo
9. Champagne Ending (NY), 121, Jorge F. Chavez
10. More Than Promised (KY), 121, Shaun Bridgmohan
11. Running Bobcats (FL), 121, Julio A. Garcia
12. Aclassysassylassy (FL), 121, Cornelio H. Velasquez
Also Eligible
13. Kat Princess (FL), 116, Eddie Castro
14. Brazilian (KY), 116, Christopher P. DeCarlo
15. Wicked Funny (KY), 116, Rafael Bejarano
16. Crafty Judy (KY), 116, Kristi L. Chapman

Charles Patton's Florida homebred Therecomesatiger ships in from Tampa Bay Downs as the potential favorite in the Pete Axthelm Stakes. Mark Guidry gets the return call for trainer Tom Proctor.

The race drew an overflow field of 17, but only 12 will start.

Therecomesatiger will have to overcome the 11 post, but brings an imposing record of three wins and a third in four starts on turf, most recently a victory in the Commonwealth Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 13.

The Tiger Ridge gelding won his first three career starts at Arlington Park this summer, the last two on turf. In his only other start before the Commonwealth, he finished a close-up third in the Bryan Station Stakes at Keeneland.

Herb and Ione Elkins' front-running Dream On Dream On, the local division leader with regular rider Juan Leyva aboard for trainer Bill Kaplan, breaks from the one post.

Dream On Dream On has won five of eight starts on turf, including a very strong wire-to-wire victory in the Mel's Hope overnight on Dec. 14.

Gilbert Campbell's homebred Touched by Madness has finished first twice and second twice in as many starts on grass. The homebred gelding by Sword Dance won the Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park in late May and finished first in the Kent Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park in late June, but was disqualified to fourth in the latter race.

Touched by Madness was developed and trained by Philadelphia-based horsemen Ed Allard, but joins Gilbert's longtime Calder trainer Kathleen O'Connell for Saturday's race with Shaun Bridgmohan getting the call. Touched by Madness has the speed to run up front with Dream On Dream On.

$100,000 Pete Axthelm Stakes (Race 11, 4:44 p.m.), 3-year-olds, 7 1/2 furlongs (turf)
1. Dream On Dream On (FL), 122, Juan C. Leyva
2. B. B. Best (FL), 122, Edgar S. Prado
3. Looks Good Junic (FL), 117, Brice Blanc
4. Lamor (BRZ), 122, Cornelio H. Velasquez
5. Ramazutti (MD), 117, John R. Velazquez
6. Touched by Madness (FL), 122, Shaun Bridgmohan
7. Military Major (KY), 119, Jorge F. Chavez
8. Tinseltown (KY), 122, Joe Bravo
9. Taming the Tiger (FL), 119, Eddie Castro
10. Drum Major (KY), 117, Rafael Bejarano
11. Therecomesatiger (FL), 122, Mark Guidry
12. Silver Moose (FL), 117, Mike E. Smith
Also Eligible
13. Hostile Witness (NY), 117, Cecilio Penalba
14. Kin's Hurrah (FL), 117, Jose Lezcano
15. Dazzling Dr. Cevin (FL), 119, John R. Velazquez
16. Istan (KY), 117, Cornelio H. Velasquez

Trainer Bobby Frankel sent out Personal Legend to win last year's renewal of the 1 1/16-mile Stage Door Betty Handicap over Pampered Princess, trained by Marty Wolfson, who finished second.

The two stables face off again in Saturday's renewal of the Stage Door Betty. Frankel sends out Gary and Mary West's 4-year-old filly Sweet Lips as the probable favorite with Edgar Prado aboard in a field of nine that includes three uncoupled fillies trained by Wolfson.

Sweet Lips makes her first start since finishing sixth in the Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita in March. However, in her two previous starts, the daughter of Kris S. won the Sunshine Millions Distaff and finished a game second to Tarlow in the La Canada Stakes (gr. II). She comes into the race with earnings of $465,000.

Wolfson's contenders – Preach It, the Argentine-bred Potra Clasica and Mocita – were impressive winners over the track recently.

$100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap (Race 12, 5:10 p.m.), fillies & mares 3 & up, 1 1/6 miles
1. American Miss (FL), 116, Shaun Bridgmohan
2. Potra Clasica (ARG), 119, Jorge F. Chavez
3. Special Report (FL), 114, Cornelio H. Velasquez
4. Pitanga (FL), 119, Rafael Bejarano
5. Sweet Lips (FL), 114, Edgar S. Prado
6. Aesculus (KY), 114, John R. Velazquez
7. Preach It (KY), 115, Joe Bravo
8. Palaestra (KY), 119, Christopher P. DeCarlo
9. Mocita (KY), 118, Eddie Castro

Barry Ostrager and Roddy Valente's 8-year-old mare faces seven rival fillies and mares in the seven-furlong Chaposa Springs Handicap.

Trainer Allen Jerkens developed and trained the daughter of Defrere for his longtime client Hobeau Farm. However, Ostrager and Valente claimed Lilah for $100,000 at Belmont in late June. After one dull effort for her new connections, she was returned to Jerkens' care.

Lilah ran well without winning in her next three starts before breaking through to capture the Garland of Roses Handicap last out at Aqueduct on Dec. 3, rallying from off the pace. Lilah's career record stands at 38-13-9-3 for earnings of just under $500,000.

$100,000 Chaposa Springs Handicap (Race 10, 4:17 p.m), fillies & mares 3 & up, 7 furlongs
1. Tigi (FL), 114, Cornelio H. Velasquez
2. So Much More (KY), 112, Juan C. Leyva
3. Midtown Miss (FL), 114, Rafael Bejarano
4. Injustice (KY), 119, John R. Velazquez
5. Malibu Mint (KY), 112, Kristi L. Chapman
6. No Llores Catita (CHI), 114, Shaun Bridgmohan
7. Menifeeque (KY), 113, Jorge F. Chavez
8. Lilah (KY), 119, Shannon Uske
9. Kuanyan (KY), 119, Eddie Castro

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