Mad Flatter, winner of the Spend A Buck Handicap (gr. III) last month, heads the field for the co-featured $150,000 Carl G. Rose Classic Handicap on the annual Florida Million program at Calder Casino and Race Course Nov. 12.
The 1 1/8-mile Rose Classic shares top billing on the card with the $150,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap. Florida Million day features eight stakes worth $1 million for state-bred horses at the Miami Gardens, Fla., track. The total includes $400,000 from the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association from its fund for breeder and owner awards for Florida-breds.
The Rose Classic is the 10th race on the program with a 4:23 p.m. EST scheduled post. The Heubeck Distaff is race 7 at 3:05 p.m. EST.
Mad Flatter, off consecutive wins in the Spend A Buck in his only two starts at Calder, was made the 120-pound high weight in the field of seven for the Rose classic. The Bonnie Heath Farms' homebred, owned in partnership with Holiday Stable and Hinkle Farms, registered a front-running one-length tally in this year's Spend A Buck Oct. 15. Jon Court rode the 6-year-old son Flatter for trainer Jeff Thornbury.
Court is back aboard Mad Flatter, who will end a streak of seven consecutive races at seven different racetracks. They will spot their Rose Classic rivals from four to seven pounds apiece as the likely favorite.
Mad Flatter, who drew post 5, has won eight of 26 lifetime starts while banking $337,843.
Turbo Compressor , winner of Saratoga's Curlin Stakes in front-running style July 29, represents trainer Todd Pletcher in the Rose Classic. A 3-year-old son of Halo's Image owned by P and G Stables and Off The Hook Racing, Turbo Compressor comes in off a fifth-place finish in a one-mile overnight stakes at Belmont Park Oct. 15. He raced with blinkers for the first time that day and the hood comes off this time.
Manicero, a 3-year-old son of Mass Media to be ridden from the outside post by Paco Lopez, has won four of six races on the Calder main track. That includes an 8 1/4-length triumph as the favorite in last year's Jack Price Juvenile on Florida Million day. Owned and trained by Leo Azpurua Jr., Manicero was fourth last time out in the Tropical Park Derby on a yielding Calder turf course Oct. 15. He leads the field in earnings with $373,508.
Six fillies and mares are entered in the 1 1/16-mile Elmer Heubeck Distaff. The 2009 winner, 122-pound top weight Sweet Repent, drew the far outside post.
Buongiorno A Tutti Stable owns the 5-year-old Repent mare, who has never been out of the money in 13 starts at Calder--including nine wins, two seconds, and two thirds. Sweet Repent has won her only three races so far in 2011, all at Calder. But she has not been out since posting a one-length triumph in the Nancy's Glitter Handicap July 23. Fernando Jara rides for trainer David Braddy.
Sweet Repent’s career has been interrupted several times by recurring problems with her feet, including a 10-month layoff from July of 2010 until returning to score an allowance victory on May 13 here this spring.
She won the 2009 Heubeck Distaff by 3 1/4 lengths. She has earned $574,175 in her career while compiling a 10-2-2 mark in 17 races.
West Point Thoroughbreds’ 4-year-old filly Belle of the Hall recently arrived into Palm Meadows for the winter from New York. Daniel Centeno picking up the mount for trainer Tom Albertrani.
A daughter of Graeme Hall, Belle of the Hall finished third last out in the Miss Golden Circle Stakes going seven furlongs at Belmont Park Oct. 23 after placing in several other stakes this season at Monmouth Park and Saratoga. She scored her biggest victory last year in the Jostle Stakes at Philadelphia Park.
Live Oak Plantation's Successful Song comes in off a four-length tally in an overnight stakes at Calder Oct. 22. The 4-year-old Successful Appeal filly has won five of nine starts over the track but was sixth in last year's Heubeck Distaff. Luis Saez rides for trainer Edward Plesa Jr.
Gary Aiken's Callmethesqueeze has been first or second in her past six starts for trainer Manny Azpurua, all at Calder.
Other stakes on the card are the $125,000 Jack Price Juvenile (race 4) for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs; the $125,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies (race 5), also at seven furlongs; the $100,000 Arthur I. Appleton Juvenile Turf (race 6) at 1 1/16 miles; the $125,000 Jack Dudley Sprint (race 8) at six furlongs; the $100,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf (race 9) at 1 1/16 miles; and the $125,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Handicap (race 11) at 1 1/8 miles.
The Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Handicap could be ruled by Live Oak Plantation’s 4-year-old homebred gelding Slews Answer, who has four victories in six career starts. Trained by Graham Motion, he won allowance races at Monmouth Park and Laurel Park in his last two starts.
Jockey Sheldon Russell is named to ride the son of Ghostzapper who made his first two career starts last winter over the Gulfstream Park course, winning his debut and finishing second in an allowance test before capturing the Turf Classic at Tampa Bay Downs April 9 in his third outing. Slews Answer has missed the board only once when fifth behind Paddy O'Prado in the Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at Pimlico on Preakness Day in May.
Another solid contender shipping in for the Bonnie Heath shipping is Robert Leibner’s 4-year-old gelding Bad Debt, with jockey Kevin Carmouche coming along for the ride. Trained by Michael Trombetta, the consistent son of Grand Reward has five wins and four seconds from nine starts this season, most recently scoring allowance victories at Parx and Belmont after competing in starter allowance events.
Home team contenders Oligarch and Star of Sarava meet again after finishing first and second, respectively, while separated by a head in the Tropical Park Derby.
Twelve are to contest the Bonnie Heath.
Trainer Scott Lake sent 5-year-old Pashito the Che from the mid-Atlantic to capture the 2009 edition of the Jack Dudley Sprint, and they are back for another run in the six-furlong test. Leading jockey Luis Saez getting the call in the field of eight.
A son of Flatter , Tuna Stable and Off The Hook Stable’s Pashito the Che has won eight of 21 career starts with seven seconds while earning $543,000. He will try to bounce back from a rough trip last out when last of eight in the Duck Dance overnight stakes at Belmont Oct. 5. Pashito the Che finished second in two previous starts this season in turf sprint stakes at Saratoga.
Black Diamond Cat has emerged as a major player in the local sprint division this season for trainer Larry Bates, and will attract solid backing with regular rider Juan Leyva in the saddle. Bluestone Thoroughbreds’ 4-year-old gelded son of Wildcat Heir has three wins and four seconds in as many starts over the Calder track this season.
$150,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap (Race 7, 3:05 p.m.), Filies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/16 Miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Callmethesqueeze (FL), J L Alvarez, 117, M J Azpurua
2. My Pal Chrisy (FL), L Panici, 115, P Lutchman
3. Prize Informant (FL), J C Leyva, 115, D R Brownlee
4. Belle of the Hall (FL), D Centeno, 117, T Albertrani
5. Successful Song (FL), L Saez, 119, E Plesa Jr.
6. Sweet Repent (FL), F Jara, 122, J D Braddy
$150,000 Carl G. Rose Classic Handicap (Race 10, 4:23 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. The Best Glacier (FL), F Jara, 113, A Sano
2. Too Experience (FL), D Centeno, 115, M Passley
3. Mimito Boy (FL), L Jurado, 113, J DaCosta
4. Turbo Compressor (FL), L Saez, 116, T A Pletcher
5. Mad Flatter (FL), J K Court, 120, J D Thornbury
6. Decaf Again (FL), J M Rios, 113, B R Rose
7. Manicero (FL), P Lopez, 117, L Azpurua Jr.
Blinkers Off: Turbo Compressor