Built Up Edges Super Frolic in Spend A Buck

(from Calder report)
Raymond Susi's Built Up rallied from just off the pace to take the lead at the top of the stretch and had just enough to win the Spend A Buck Handicap (gr. III) by a head over rallying Super Frolic on Saturday at Calder Race Course.

The winning time was 1:45 4/5 for the 1 1/16-mile test for older horses. It was the last of eight stakes races on Calder's Festival of the Sun card.

The gelded son of Homebuilder gave jockey Eibar Coa his third stakes victory on the program. Earlier in the day, the 33-year-old native of Venezuela rode Centaur Farm Inc.'s Redoubled Miss to take the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap and guided Willmott Stables Inc.'s Eddington to victory in the $200,000 Calder Derby (gr. III).

"It's nice to come home (to South Florida) even if you don't win, but when you win it's extra special," Coa said. "I've had a very nice day. Everything just worked out good. It was one of those days that everything looked good on paper and worked out that way. All my horses ran good, even the ones that got beat."

The Spend A Buck was the second stakes victory at the Calder meet for the Enrique Alonso-trained 6-year-old who also took top honors in the $75,000 Ponche Handicap, a race he also won in 2003. The win, his third in 10 starts this year and 14th in 46 starts overall, was worth $60,000. His earnings now stand at $758,518.

Alonso said Coa was forced to go to the front earlier than he wanted.

"I told Eibar you have to make a late move with this horse because when he gets the lead he has a tendency to wait on horses," the trainer explained. "But the horses in front stopped early and Coa had no choice. That's why that other horse (Super Frolic) almost caught him.

"He's usually a good finisher. This horse has had a very good year, I think he is getting younger like his trainer."

Super Frolic was flying late and just missed getting to the winner. It was another 4 1/4 lengths back to Gold Dollar, who was third in the 11-horse field.

"(Built Up) ran the way I expected," Coa said. "Always, when he takes the lead, he hangs and waits for horses. That's what he did today but he held on to win."

Sent off as the 5-2 second choice, Built Up paid $7.20, $4 and $4.20. Super Frolic returned $3.80 and $3.80. Gold Dollar paid $6.60.

Favored Twilight Road finished fourth after flattening out in the stretch run.

(Chart, Equibase)