Forty One Carats established a Calder Race Course track record of 1:08.95 for six furlongs Saturday in a 1 3/4-length victory in the $300,000 Smile Sprint Stakes. It was the first of three successive stakes races with an aggregate purse total of $1.1 million.
Forty One Carats (Tactical Advantage - Aly's Jul, by Alysheba) led from start to finish in the Smile, breaking the track record of 1:09 2-5, which stood for six years. Ridden by Javier Castellano, Forty One Carats had no problem withstanding Personal First's rally. Alice's Notebook, a 24-1 shot, was third, five lengths further back. Silver Season was fourth, followed by Stormy Do, Heckofaralph, and Thrillin Discovery.
In the filly and open divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds -- each with a purse of $400,000 -- Valid Forbes rallied to win the My Dear Girl Division for fillies by three lengths. Express Tour, gaining a sweep in the three-tier Stallion Stakes series, outran Outofthebox in battling for the final three-eighths of a mile in the In Reality (Open) Division. Both Valid Forbes and Express Tour were ridden by Julio Garcia, and each 2-year-old earned $240,000. Valid Forbes ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.46, while Express Tour's time for the same distance was 1:45.12.
Valid Forbes (Valid Appeal - Lightning Forbes, by Bold Forbes) paid $7.20 to win. Owned by Centaur Farms, Inc., she has won three of four starts and $327,100. She finished first and second in the first two phases of the filly division series. Rule Britania finished second, four lengths clear of third-place Silk Concorde. Classic Image was fourth, followed by Frozen Dinner, Dispersed Reward, Good and Stormy, Whisper of Silk, and Wagering Willow.
Express Tour (Tour d'Or - Express Fashion, by Private Express) earned a $50,000 bonus for winning each of the open division races. Owned by A.C. Silva, Express Tour paid $4 and has earned $413,515 in four starts. Formal Salute was third, 4 1/4 lengths behind Outofthebox. Sir Brian's Sword, Ballado's Devil, Earnest Storm, Radical Riley, Don Ron, Halo Reality, and U U Star completed the order of finish. (Charts, Equibase