Joseph Graffeo's millionaire winner Two Item Limit tried turf for the first time in her career last out without success in the My Charmer Handicap (gr. III) three weeks ago. The 4-year-old filly returns to the main track for Saturday's $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap at 1 1/16 miles. The race is one of four stakes with a total $600,000 in purses on the Grand Slam II program at Calder Racecourse on Saturday.Bailey rides the daughter of Twining for trainer Steve DiMauro with her major rival in the field of seven fillies and mares to be Town and Country Corp.'s stretch-running Coolbythepool with Julio Garcia aboard.Two Item Limit, a $50,000 OBS March 2-year-old purchase was developed as a juvenile at Calder, but has spent most of her career in New York where she ran the race of her life to be third in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I). She was beaten only 1 ½ lengths for it all by Unbridled Elaine and Spain in the win photo.
Coolbythepool has won most of her near $500,000 bankroll at Calder in stakes over the last three campaigns. Trained by Marty Wolfson, she was up in the final strides to win the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap on Florida Million day, Nov. 16.Completing the field for the Stage Door Betty are Sara's Success, Redoubled Miss, Stormy Frolic and the entry of Small Promises and Tuff Chick.