Too Many Toyz outfought 7-10 favorite It's a Bird to win the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic Handicap (VIDEO) in the finale of the $1.2 million Florida Million program at Calder Casino & Race Course Nov. 14.
Ridden by Carlos Olivero, Too Many Toyz joined Soldier's Dancer ($150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Handicap) and Sweet Repent ($200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap) as big winners on the eight-race stakes program for Florida breds. Also winning were Pashito the Che ($150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap), Bim Bam ($100,000 Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf), Carphonic ($150,000 Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies), Hear Ye Hear Ye ($150,000 Jack Price Juvenile) and Wild Mia ($100,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf).
Osed's Too Many Toyz earned his fourth consecutive win for trainer Luis Olivares, hooking up with the multiple graded stakes winner It's a Bird on the final turn and proving best by one length. The final time for the nine furlongs was 1:54.88.
“He’s been coming along good for a while now, and then when the weather changed a few days ago, it really picked him up," Olivares said. "There was an offer to buy him not long ago and I told the owner that this wasn’t the time to sell and we should take a shot in here.”
It's a Bird, with Julien Leparoux up, pressed the soft pace established by Hal's My Hope on the outside before taking over on the backstretch. Too Many Toyz, racing in third early, engaged the leader on the turn and dueled all the way until deep stretch, when the winner inched clear of the tiring favorite.
“Of course the horse to beat was It’s a Bird and I was very worried when he made the lead and slowed the pace down, but I had confidence in my horse and I knew if I put him in position he would give me an honest effort,"Olivero said. "Mr. Olivares told me to just keep him in contention and take it to the other horse in the stretch. I think my horse was fitter and gamer today.”
Too Many Toyz, a 6-year-old son of Northern Afleet --Katy's Kitten (Personal Hope) bred by Ciaran and Amy Dunne, paid $12.20 to win. It was his 11th win in a 35-race career. The winning purse of $120,000 increased his earnings to $326,865. Dream Maestro finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind It's a Bird, who was making his first start in Florida since winning the Sunshine Millions Classic in January.
A race earlier, the 5-year-old veteran Soldier's Dancer took the overland route at odds of 3-5 to get up by a half-length over Pickapocket in the Bonnie Heath Turf Cup.
With Manoel Cruz in the irons, Soldier's Dancer ($3.20) was last in the field of six after six furlongs, but swung four wide on the final turn and responded to urging to get up late over Pickapocket and Leparoux. The latter took over from Mean Sax in the final furlong but could not hold on. Mean Sax finished third. The winning 1 1/8-mile time was 1:48.91 over a firm course
The multiple graded winner Soldier's Dancer picked up his 12th win in 32 lifetime starts and boosted his earnings to $1,503,780. Trained by David Vivian for owner Herman Heinlein, the gray/roan gelding was bred by Franks Farm and is by Lost Soldier--Heather's Dancer (by Gate Dancer).
Sweet Repent, never far back, collared 7-10 choice Jessica Is Back at the top of the stretch and drew clear in the lane for a 3 1/4-length victory under Cruz in the Elmer Heubeck Distaff.
Sent off as the second choice, Sweet Repent ($9) scored her third straight win for trainer David Braddy and owners Jim Pino and Buongiorno A Tutti Stable. The 3-year-old daughter of Repent --Sweetbabe (Formal Dinner) improved her career mark to 5-1-1 in 14 starts and doubled her earnings to $241,530. Nikki and Roger Schick are the winning breeders.
Even Road finished third, nearly 10 lengths behind Jessica Is Back. The final time for the 1 1/16-mile event was 1:46.74.
The Jack Dudley Sprint went to 4-5 favorite Pashito the Che, who tallied by a neck in all-out duel with 13-1 shot Prince Joshua while clocking 1:11.44 for six furlongs. Little Nick finished third.
Eibar Coa was aboard the winning 3-year-old son of Flatter --Pashmina (Pentelicus) for trainer Scott Lake and the partnership of Tuna Stable and Off The Hook. Pashito the Che ($3.60) won his third consecutive race and fifth in his last six tries. The bay colt, bred by Mr. and Mrs. Leverett S. Miller, is 6-3-1 in 11 starts with earnings of $398,310.
J D Farms' homebred Bim Bam scored a one-length upset over 9-10 pick Family Foundation in the Arthur I. Appleton Juvenile Turf.
The stalking Bim Bam ($13.40), rallying four wide into the stretch, seized the lead from third-place finisher Show the Way to gain a narrow advantage. He was then fully extended to hold off the hard-charging Family Foundation, who closed from eighth on the turn to finish second. The 1 1/16-mile test was run in a stakes record 1:41.73.
Trained by David Brownlee, the son of Deputy Wild Cat--Laurel Light (Colony Light) won for the third time in seven starts with four thirds and has now earned $201,295.
Carphonic, ridden by Luis Arango, overcame a bad start to motor to a three-length win in the Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies for her second win in as many starts.
Trained by William White for GEM Racing, the homebred chestnut daughter of Lion Heart--Carsomatic (Carson City) was bumped and steadied at the start and steadied again leaving the chute in the seven-furlong race. Seventh early, she rallied wide on the turn to take command in the final furlong, widening from there to defeat Joanie's Catch. Sweetlalabye was third. Winey Taylor, the slight favorite over Carphonic in the field of eight, finished sixth.
Carphonic ($6.80), who broke her maiden at Calder Oct. 11 at first asking, earned $90,000 for the win. The winning time was 1:26.57.
Twenty-to-one shot Hear Ye Hear Ye won a stretch duel with Good to Be Seen in the Jack Price Juvenile, edging away late for a 1 3/4-length win. Mr. Green, the 4-5 favorite in the eight-horse field, gave way late to finish third.
The Jacks or Better Farm homebred son of Hear No Evil --I Am Nifty (Unbridled's Song ), trained by Stanley Gold, picked up his second win in nine starts, paying $43.20. The win, worth $90,000, increased the gray/roan colt's earnings to $129,977.
Chasing the pace while slightly wide for jockey Jeffrey Sanchez, Hear Ye Hear Ye rallied to take a slim lead from the front-running Good to Be Seen at the top of the stretch and took command close to home. Mr. Green, fighting between horses, yielded in the stretch and was defeated by more than four lengths. The final time for seven furlongs was 1:25.39.
Finally, the maiden Wild Mia got the Florida Million program off to a wild start when she posted a one-length surprise at 28-1 odds in the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Making her third start for trainer Pete Anderson and owner Craig Wheeler, the daughter of Wildcat Heir --Love Mia (El Sultan) rated off the pace for jockey Antonio Gallardo, rallying four wide to collar Winsockie inside the sixteenth pole. Wild Mia ($59.60) won while full out over 24-1 shot Dancing Rage, who also came on late to head 11-10 favorite Winsockie for the runner-up spot.
Montgomery Farm bred the winning gray/roan filly. Wild Mia completed the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:42.53. This was the initial North American stakes win for Gallardo, who is in his first year at Calder. He previously rode for six years in Madrid, Spain.