The powerful Bill Mott stable sends out Kinsman Stable’s Classic Campaign in a wide-open field of 12 older horses set for the $150,000 Miami Mile Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Calder turf course. The 5-year-old gelding will have to overcome the far outside post with champion jockey Garrett Gomez making a rare South Florida appearance to ride.
A chestnut son of Rahy, Classic Campaign has run well in each of his three starts this season, winning the Ft. Lauderdale Handicap at Gulfstream in early January before losing photo decisions when second in the Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup at Tampa Bay Downs and Lure Stakes at Gulfstream last time on Apr. 1, when he was beaten by a head by grade I winner Ashkal Way.
Others that will get plenty of support include Runnin Horse Stable’s Hotstufanthensome, Edward P. Evans’ Giant Wrecker, and five challengers from trainer Marty Wolfson’s powerful Calder-based stable, led by Farnsworth Stables’ Mending Fences.
Hotstufanthensome is a hard-hitting 7-year-old gelding by Awesome Again trained by Norman Pointer. He won the Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup by a half-length over Classic Campaign. In his lone start since, he finished a game second going 12 furlongs in the Pan American Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream on Mar. 31.
Giant Wrecker set the pace in the Lure until the furlong marker, tiring to fourth, beaten three lengths for it all by Ashkal Way. Trained by Mark Hennig, the 5-year-old chestnut son of Giant's Causeway is dangerous if left alone on the lead and won the Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) in that fashion at Gulfstream in early February.
Mending Fences appears to be the Wolfson runner in the best current form after the 5-year-old son of Forestry shipped to Sam Houston Park in Texas to capture the $200,000 John Connally Breeders’ Cup (gr. IIIT) last out on Apr. 7 while leading all the way. However, each of Live Oak Plantation’s trio of Can’t Beat It, Elizabul and Electric Light has the credentials on their best day, as does Peachtree Stable’s Manchu Prince from the Wolfson barn.
Stephen Ramsey’s 7-year-old horse Gigawatt, who won the Miami Mile last year, returns as well.
$150,0000 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT, Race 12, 5:56 p.m.), 3 & Up (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Mending Fences (KY), 116, Quincy Hamilton
2. Giant Wrecker (KY), 116, Javier Castellano
3. Manchu Prince (KY), 113, Abel Castellano, Jr.
4. Can't Beat It (KY), 116, Eddie Castro
5. Gigawatt (KY), 114, Chantal Sutherland
6. Paradise Dancer (KY), 112, Elvis Trujillo
7. Jet Propulsion (FL), 114, Eduardo O. Nunez
8. Touched by Madness (FL), 114, Manoel R. Cruz
9. Hotstufanthensome (KY), 118, Rajiv Maragh
10. Electric Light (KY), 115, Roimes Chirinos
11. Elizabul (FL), 113, Carlos Olivero
12. Classic Campaign (KY), 116, Garrett K. Gomez
13. Rehoboth (FL), 112, Manoel R. Cruz
14. Fancy Silver (FL), 111, Juan C. Leyva
15. Nacascolo (FL), 110, Jeffrey Sanchez
Potra Clasica Set to Defend Title in Hollywood Wildcat
Trainer Wolfson sends out his defending champion, Charles Miller’s 6-year-old Argentine-bred mare Potra Clasica, in the $150,000 Hollywood Wildcat Breeders’ Cup for fillies and mares in the 1 1/16-mile turf test. Eddie Castro rides.
Potra Clasica has run well in all three of her starts this season. The daughter of Potrillon finished third behind Naissance Royale in the Suwannee River Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream in early February, lost a head decision in the Wayward Lass on the main track at Tampa Bay on March 3, and finished a close-up fourth behind undefeated Vacare in the Magna Distaff on turf last out at Gulfstream on Apr. 1.
Potra Clasica faces seven rival fillies and mares in the Hollywood Wildcat with Jinni among the leading contenders with jockeys Gomez and Rene Douglas aboard, respectively.
Derby Candidate Imawildandcrazyguy Entered in Unbridled
Lewis Pell and Michael Eigner’s Imawildandcrazyguy remains under consideration for a start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 5 at Churchill Downs, but trainer Bill Kaplan has entered the Calder-based 3-year-old gelding in this Saturday’s $100,000 Unbridled Stakes.
Kaplan has the Unbridled as an option while monitoring Derby developments with Imawildandcrazyguy not assured of a spot in the Derby field of 20, based on graded stakes earnings. Jockey Manoel Cruz is named to ride the Wild Event gelding in the 1 1/16-mile Unbridled, and will face seven rival 3-year-olds if he starts.
While Imawildandcrazyguy gets most attention, Trilogy Stable’s Yesbyjimminy will have a large following with Rene Douglas in the saddle, regardless of who starts.
Trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. sent Electrify out to capture the Unbridled last year and has high hopes for Yesbyjimminy, who made a big impression finishing second last out in the Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream on March 31, beaten a half-length by Street Magician, the probable favorite in Saturday’s Withers Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct.
Nightmare Affair Returns in Ponche Handicap
Timber Side Stables’ 6-year-old Nightmare Affair ranked high in the nation’s sprint division last year with his victory in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) at Calder last summer among the highlights. He bids to bounce back from an unfortunate trip to Dubai in late March when he starts in Saturday’s $100,000 Ponche Handicap.
Jockey Chris Morales gets the call on Nightmare Affair in the six-furlong test, a local preview of the Smile to be run on Summit of Speed day July 7. A roan/gray son of Out of Place, Nightmare Affair faces 13 rival older horses Saturday while making his first start since finishing 15th of 16 in the Golden Shaheen Stakes (UAE-I) in Dubai on Mar. 31. Co-owner Gary Marano is listed as trainer.
Veteran horseman Manny Azpurua guided Nightmare Affair through most of his career, including third-place efforts behind Thor’s Echo in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. In the Frank De Francis Memorial (gr. I) at Laurel Park late last year, Nightmare Affair was beaten only a length by the Eclipse champion. Nightmare Affair bids for a third consecutive victory in the Ponche.
Completing the field for the Ponche are Gower, Gin Rummy King, Universal Form, Finallymadeit, Rexson’s Rose, D’artagnans’spirit, Winnies Tigger Too, Tour of the Cat, Mach Ride, R Loyal Man, Qureall, Guapeton and Weigelia.