Nine-year-old gelding Revved Up will be looking for his third consecutive victory on Florida Million day, as Calder Race Course celebrates the Sunshine State’s Thoroughbred breeding industry by offering eight stakes worth $1.2 million for registered Florida-breds Nov. 10.
Among the most anticipated races will be the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup, in which Revved Up will be looking for the trifecta, and the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic, for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt.
A Live Oak Plantation homebred, Revved Up has won 18 races and earned more than $1.4 million in his 40-race career. Trained by Christophe Clement, he has scored 12 stakes victories, including three in graded competition.
Most recently, Revved Up was sixth in the Sky Classic (Can-IIT) at Woodbine Sept. 23, but prior to that won the John’s Call Stakes by 1 ½ lengths at Saratoga Aug. 19. He won the 1 1/8-mile Bonnie Heath the last two years. By Sultry Song out of With Approval mare Win Approval, Revved Up is a half-brother to last year's Turf male champion and NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Miesque's Approval. Revved Up will carry a co-high weight of 119 pounds and will leave from post 10 in an 11-horse field. Eibar Coa has the mount.
Also to be respected in the Bonnie Heath are Soldier’s Dancer and Jet Propulsion, both of which have graded stakes wins in 2007.
Herman Heinlein’s Soldier’s Dancer is coming off a convincing six-length score in the Oct. 13 Calder Derby (gr. IIIT), in which he came from well off the pace to draw away late. A 3-year-old gelding by Lost Soldier, he also has a victory this year in the Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT) at Calder.
Jet Propulsion is a 4-year-old gelding by Double Honor . He has won twice in eight starts this year, including the Miami Mile Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Calder April 28. Trained by Daniel Hurtak, Jet Propulsion also won two starts ago in the Sept. 3 Carterista Handicap at Calder, taking the 1 1/16-mile event in front-running fashion. He will also carry 119 pounds.
The Bonnie Heath is race 10 on the Calder card, with post time scheduled for 4:22 p.m. EST.
The final stakes of the day is the Carl G. Rose Classic, which will be contested by a field of eight Florida-breds. Four-year-old gelding Electrify likely will receive much of the betting attention based on his last three performances, which have included two stakes wins and a second.
A Padua Stables homebred, Electrify won the July 4 Mecke Handicap and Sept. 8 Ambehaving Stakes, both in front-running fashion at Calder. His most recent start was a second-place finish to Yes He’s the Man in the Oct. 13 Spend a Buck Handicap (gr. III), also at Calder.
The 121-pound heavyweight, Electrify will leave from post three under regular rider Elvis Trujillo.
A Dave Braddy homebred, Yes He’s the Man is a 4-year-old colt who has just the one win this year. Julio Garcia will ride in the Classic.
Also to be considered is Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) starter Imawildandcrazyguy. Since making the two Triple Crown appearances, the son of Wild Event has won just one of five starts, and that was an allowance score July 14 at Calder. Most recently, he showed some encouraging signs by finishing second to Soldier’s Dancer in the Calder Derby.
Post time for the Carl G. Rose Classic is 4:48 p.m. EST.
The other stakes on the card are the $100,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf, $100,000 Arthur I. Appleton Juvenile Turf, $150,000 Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies, $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile, $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint, and $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff.