Green Vegas, Gal Wonder Win 'Sun' Previews

(from Calder race reports)
Luis Olivares' 2-year-old colt Green Vegas turned in an impressive performance to win the $141,375 Foolish Pleasure Breeders' Cup Stakes at Calder on "Festival of the Sun" preview day Saturday. Gal Wonder went nearly wire to wire to win the $138,375 Brave Raj Breeders' Cup Stakes in the filly preview.

Ridden by Julio Garcia, Green Vegas, a bay son of Trippi, defeated Imawildandcrazyguy by two lengths with Yesbyjimminy, the 6-to-5 favorite, finishing another 5 1/4 lengths back in third.

Olivares also trains Green Vegas, who won at first asking at Calder on June 3. Winless in three starts since then, Green Vegas ran third, one length behind Straight Faced in the Florida Stallion Affirmed Sept. 2 and appeared ready for his two-turn debut in the Foolish Pleasure at a mile and 70 yards. He covered the distance in 1:45.19.

Green Vegas earned $90,000 while paying $6.80, $4.40, and $2.80. Imawildandcrazyguy, ridden by Juan Leyva, returned $4.80 and $2.60, while Yesbyjimminy, Abel Castellano Jr., aboard, paid $2.40 to show.

In the Brave Raj, Gloria A. Arnold's Gal Wonder came off her maiden win at Calder Sept. 11 to register a front running 2 1/2-length win. Silkily finished second and Wise Beauty was third.

Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr., in her biggest stakes victory since returning from retirement earlier this year, rode the 2-year-old daughter of Three Wonders to victory for the filly's new owner Carrol Castille. The private purchase was just made days ago.

Larry Pilotti trains Gal Wonder as well as Wise Beauty (for other connections).

Gal Wonder covered the mile and 70 yards of the Brave Raj Breeders' Cup in 1:47.33, defeating Silkily by 2 ½ lengths in the end. Sent off at odds of more than 9-to-1, Gal Wonder paid $21.60, $8.00, and $4.60. Silkily returned $7.80 and $4.60, while Wise Beauty paid $4.40.

(Chart, Equibase)