Stay Forever Finds Good Spot in Miami Mile

(from Calder report)
The $150,000 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT), rescheduled from Labor Day because of Hurricane Frances, drew a full field for Saturday on the turf at Calder Race Course.

Whether weather conditions will permit the Miami Mile to be run on turf or it is forced to the main track by wet conditions remains to be seen, but should be an entertaining test, regardless of surface.

An intriguing prospect if the race goes on grass will be Santa Cruz Ranch's 7-year-old mare Stay Forever with leading rider Eddie Castro aboard. The homebred daughter of Stack missed a planned start in the $750,000 Beverly D Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park last month with a minor leg infection.

Stay Forever is a stretch-running chestnut that has won nine of 16 career starts during a career interrupted for some 20 months by a bowed tendon as a younger filly. She has emerged as the leader of her division locally and also a major player on the national stage.

Trained patiently by Marty Wolfson, Stay Forever won the Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup at Calder on May 1 and then shipped to Kentucky where she rallied to victory in the Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs later that month. Last out she finished a good second to Wonder Again in the New York Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park on July 5.

Other top contenders if the race goes on turf will be French Charmer, Unbridel's King, and 3-year-old Wire Bound.

French Charmer makes his first start since mid-February for trainer Harry Benson. The 5-year-old French Deputy gelding was on a roll last year when he won four straight over four different courses, including the John Schapiro Memorial at Laurel Park and the Flying Pidgeon Handicap over the Calder course.

Unbridel's King won the Mecke Handicap at Calder on July 4 and rallied for third last out in the Side Bar overnight stakes on Aug. 15, beaten only a half-length for it all. The roan/gray 4-year-old colt by Unbridled's Song is a confirmed closer like Stay Forever.

Wire Bound takes on seasoned older rivals but shouldn't be discounted. Trained by Manny Criollo, the Hesabull gelding emerged as a leader in his age group on turf at this meet, winning his first two starts on grass, including the Simply Majestic Stakes. Last out, he finished an even fifth in the Kent Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park in a strong field.

If the Miami Mile is forced to the main track, leading contenders will Tour of the Cat, Twilight Road and Super Frolic.

Tour of the Cat is a versatile 6-year-old gelding that won the Miami Mile last year for trainer Myra Mora after the race was forced to the main track. Now in the care of trainer Manny Wayar, the career winner of $850,000 is looking to regain his top form after a long and demanding trip to Dubai in March.

Trainer Milt Wolfson is entered Super Frolic for main track only because the homebred 4-year-old colt has gone winless in six lifetime tries on grass. The Pine Bluff colt won an allowance test and the Best of the Rest overnight stakes on the main track at the meet prior to finishing 11th of 12 on turf in the Side Bar last out.

Twilight Road has run well in all three of his starts at the meet for trainer David Fawkes. The 7-year-old Cahill Road horse won an overnight stakes and the Memorial Day Handicap (gr. III) early in the session and finished a very respectable fifth in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. III) on July 10 in his last appearance.

$150,000 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT), 3 & up, 1 mile (turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Wgt., ML Odds
1. Hear No Evil (FL), Julio A. Garcia, 114, 10/1
2. French Charmer (KY), Abdiel Toribio, 117, 6/1
3. Twilight Road (KY), Phil Teator, 114, 6/1
4. Romolo's Fritzi (KY), Eduardo O. Nunez, 116, 12/1
5. Wire Bound (FL), Paul R. Toscano, 113, 12/1
6. Built Up (FL), Sebastian O. Madrid, 113, 12/1
7. Tour of the Cat (FL), Gary Boulanger, 115, 12/1
8. Class of Seventy (FL), Manoel R. Cruz, 116, 8/1
9. Stay Forever (FL), Eddie Castro, 116, 7/2
10. Unbridels King (KY), Aurelio Toribio, Jr., 118, 5/1
11. Paradise Dancer (KY), Manuel Aguilar, 115, 10/1
12. Gold Dollar (KY), Jose E. Lopez, 113, 20/1
also eligible
13. Super Frolic (KY), Abdiel Toribio, 112, 15/1