Calder Casino & Race Course has released a stakes schedule for 2012 that includes the return of the Calder Derby and Oaks after a one-year absence from the calendar.
Mambo Meister will try win the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 16 at Calder, a race he won by 3 3/4 lengths a year ago.
Dave Vivian sent out Soldier's Dancer to win the Calder Derby (gr. IIIT) in 2007 and Christophe Clement won the 2008 edition with Sporting Art when the race was run in the spring, and those two veteran trainers will have the favorites in the Oct. 17 renewal of the $100,000 event.
Calder Race Course has announced a new event to be held April 26, the first Saturday of the 2008 season at Calder: the "Turf Million." Four turf stakes totaling $1.15 million will be contested over the grass, including the Calder Derby (gr. IIIT), whose purse has been doubled to $400,000. The Calder Derby will also be the first half of a new national wager, the "Calder Derby / Kentucky Derby Double."
Left eight lengths behind leaving the gate in the $400,000 My Dear Girl division of the Florida Stallion Series, Calico Bay overtook prohibitive favorite Silk Ridge near the sixteenth pole en route to a four-length victory at Calder Race Course Oct. 13. In the Florida Stallion In Reality division for males, odds-on choice Wise Answer kicked away from the field leaving the quarter pole and rolled home by a whopping 10 lengths.
Karen Keen's 2-year-old Silk Ridge will seek a sweep of the Florida Stallion Series in her division when she heads to the post in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes at Calder Race Course Oct. 13, the track's Calder Derby day.
Live Oak Plantation's favored Can't Beat It made easy work of his rivals in the $200,000 Calder Derby (gr. III) for 3-year-olds, capturing the 1 1/8-mile grass race by 3 ¼ lengths in 1:48.39 over a course rated good.
Favored Dazzling Dr. Cevin took advantage of a switch from turf to dirt Saturday to win the $200,000 Calder Derby in the final strides.
Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone's Grand Reserve, to be ridden by Jerry Bailey, and Shadwell Stable's Tadreeb, with Jose Velez Jr. aboard, are the horses to beat in a field of 11 3-year-olds entered in Saturday's $200,000 Calder Derby (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
Making his first start on grass, former Triple Crown contender Eddington squeezed between horses in the stretch to nip the determined pacesetter Bob's Proud Movement by a head for victory in the $200,000 Calder Derby (gr. IIIT) in Florida.
Love Sting, ridden by Gary Bain, posted a big upset with a 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday's $200,000 Calder Oaks on the Festival of the Sun program at the Miami racetrack.
Claiborne Farm's 3-year-old Stroll, shipping in from New York, and Bea Oxenberg's 8-year-old resident handicap star Best of the Rest are among a host of top class performers set to run on Saturday's $1.5 million Festival of the Sun program Saturday at Calder Race Course.
Claiborne Farm's Stroll tops the list of 25 nominees to the $200,000 Calder Derby (gr. III), one of eight stakes races worth $1.5 million to be run on Festival of the Sun Day on Oct. 11.
Jockey Cornelio Velasquez, the leading rider at Calder Race Course, guided Cellars Shiraz to a 2 ½-length victory over Maliziosa in Saturday's $200,000 Calder Oaks.
The $1.65 million "Festival of the Sun" day program at Calder on Saturday, Oct. 12 will feature nine stakes races, highlighted by the $400,000 In Reality and My Dear Girl division finales of the track's signature Florida Stallion Stakes series.
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