Florida Million's Rose Classic An Open Clash

(from Calder reports)
Bea Oxenberg and Laurie Plesa's B.B. Best, who returned to competition with a second-place finish in the Spend a Buck Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 15, is among the favorites for Saturday's $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic Handicap, part of Calder Race Course's $1.2 million Florida Million.

A field of 10 has been entered for the 1 1/18-mile event for 3 and up, which goes as the 11th race on Saturday's 12-race program. The Florida Million, for Florida breds, is being run for the fourth time.

Trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr., who conditions B.B. Best, sent out Oxenberg's millionaire Best of the Rest to capture the first two editions of the Carl Rose Classic.

Jerry Bailey was aboard for B.B. Best's first start since late April when the 3-year-old colt lost by a neck. The son of Yes It's True was third in the Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park in early April before going to the sidelines for the summer. He shows earnings of $535,000. Eddie Castro rides this time for Plesa.

Rodney Lundock's 5-year-old gelding Supervisor, winner of the Spend a Buck for trainer Manny Tortora, is in the Carl Rose line-up, as well as a pair of fresh prospects: Haras Santa Maria de Araras' Palladio and Greg Besinger's Summer Book, which drew Bailey's services.

Palladio is a homebred 3-year-old son of Lycius who won the Ohio Derby (gr. II) in early July and the Ontario Derby at Woodbine early last month for trainer Roger Attfield. Summer Book is a 4-year-old Notebook colt trained by Niall O'Callaghan. Summer Book posted an impressive allowance score at Keeneland on Oct. 7.

$200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic Handicap (Race 11, 4:48 p.m.), 3 & up, Florida breds, 1 1/8 miles
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Palladio, 116, Richard A. Dos Ramos
2. Hear No Evil, 114, Ariel Smith
3. B. B. Best, 114, Eddie Castro
4. Dazzling Dr. Cevin, 115, Julio A. Garcia
5. Summer Book, 112, Jerry D. Bailey
6. Dream On Dream On, 116, Juan C. Leyva
7. Supervisor, 117, Aurelio Toribio, Jr.
8. Whos Crying Now, 117, Manoel R. Cruz
9. Cervelo, 110, Manuel Aguilar
10. Bob's Proud Moment, 112, Jose Alberto Rivera II

Donald Dizney's 4-year-old filly Tigi may be the horse to beat in the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff (race 8) for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles. Trained by Bill White, the homebred daughter of Dixieland Band ran well to finish second last out in the Shocker T. Handicap at Calder on Oct. 15. A field of nine, including co-high weight (at 116 pounds) Appealing Pond, has been entered.

Peter Vegso's 3-year-old homebred filly Snug Harbour was on a roll earlier this year when she won five straight races beginning with three at Gulfstream Park, and including the Office Queen Handicap at Calder in early June by 8 ½ lengths.

However, the Rodolfo Garcia-trained daughter of Boston Harbor has been off form in her last two starts, finishing unplaced in the Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs on turf and eased as the favorite last out in the Regal Gal overnight on the main track here on Aug. 22.

The $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup (race 10) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on grass will be one of the most attractive races on the card. Five-year-old Silver Tree, trained by Bill Mott, and Live Oak Plantation's 7-year-old Revved Up are among 12 set to go. Both recently shipped into Payson Park from New York for the winter.

Mott won the first running of the Bonnie Heath with Live Oak's Miesque's Approval with the Christophe Clement-trained Sir Brian's Sword second. Silver Tree won the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga last year and finished second in that race this summer.

A homebred son of Hennessy, Silver Tree also finished second in the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at the Spa in late August, beaten only 1 ¼ lengths by Leroidesanimeaux, the leading contender for Eclipse champion turf horse.

Revved up is a roan/gray homebred by Sultry Song with four wins and two seconds from six starts this year, winning stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, Monmouth Park and Woodbine where he lost a neck decision last out in the Sky Classic Handicap (Can-II) on Oct. 2.

Joseph Balsamo's 4-year-old Weigelia can bid for a repeat victory in the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap (race 9) at six furlongs. The son of Safely's Mark was developed at Calder by trainer Manny Azpurua, scoring his most important victory in the Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) last year. The field also includes Santa Springs and Apalachian Thunder, the co-top weights at 118 pounds.

Weigelia spent most of this year stabled at Laurel Park in Maryland and trainer Mike Trombetta, winning an allowance at Monmouth Park and most recently finishing second in a Laurel turf allowance on Oct. 21.

Millennium Farm's 3-year-old Santana Strings ships in from trainer Steve Asmussen's New York division with Bailey getting the call in a field of ten 3-year-olds and up set to go six furlongs.

A chestnut son of Wheaton, Santana Springs began the year running second to emerging star Lost in the Fog in the Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream in late January. He scored his biggest victory winning the Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, but was fourth last out as the favorite in the Gallant Bob Handicap at Philadelphia Park.

The $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies (race 5) at seven furlongs features Oxenberg and partners' Stolen Prayer, trained by Plesa, among the most accomplished prospects.

Stolen Prayer is a homebred daughter of highly successful freshman sire Songandaprayer and ran a terrific race last out to finish second in the My Dear Girl finale of the FSS, stretching out to 1 1/16 miles in her first start beyond six furlongs.

Also in the Joe O'Farrell is William Condren and Michael Sherman's Running Lass, winner of the Desert Vixen and Susan's Girl divisions of the Florida Stallion Series.

Running Lass didn't run very well when ninth in the My Dear Girl, although she did have trouble early in the race. The turn back in distance Saturday should help the daughter of Running Stag who won three straight sprint stakes for trainer Angel Salinas.

Padua Stable's homebred 2-year-old Electrify has done everything right winning his two starts for trainer Plesa, but takes a big step up for his third start, facing six rivals in the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile (race 3) at seven furlongs with leading rider Eddie Castro getting a return call.

One big test that Electrify won't have to face will be the brilliant In Summation, the star 2-year-old developed this season by trainer Frank Gomez. In Summation was intended for the race but was taken out of consideration after coughing early this week.

However, Gomez will still be represented in the race with J. Robert Harris, Jr.'s Rehoboth and J. Mack Robinson's Weekend Weather. Rehoboth showed considerable promise with open-length scores going seven furlongs in July and August. He turns back to that distance from a fourth-place effort going a distance last out in the Foolish Pleasure Breeders' Cup on Sept. 24.

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Cab is the lone shipper in the race from Asmussen's Churchill Downs division with Bailey aboard. A chestnut son of Trippi, Cab turns back in distance from the In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes in which he dueled to the far turn with In Summation before tiring to eighth in the stretch.

Completing The Florida Million stakes line-up are the $100,000 Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf (race 4) and the $100,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf (race 6). They are companion events for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on grass.

Michael Sherman's homebred Belligerence has the benefit of three starts on turf for trainer Salinas, winning his last two after a head defeat in his first try on grass. Jockey Manoel Cruz gets the return call in a field of seven.

Donald Dizney's homebred filly Good Intentions appeared to take to the turf in her only attempt for trainer Bill White, finishing second by three-quarters of a length after showing some promise on the main track. Jockey Eddie Castro will be aboard the daughter of Anet in a field of nine.