Twin Turf Stakes Day highlights Calder's opening weekend
Calder opens Friday with free admission and a 1ST-race post time at 12:40 p.m. (EDT), and four stakes will be offered on Saturday, including a pair of graded turf races, the $150,000 La Prevoyante H. (G2) and $100,000 Miami Mile H. (G3), that highlight the Twin Turf Stakes Day program. The Calder meet lasts until October 21. The Tropical meet at Calder then starts and runs through January 2, 1010.
CRITICISM (GB) (Machiavellian) and ASTROLOGIE (Fr) (Polish Precedent), the respective one-three finishers in the Long Island H. (G3) in early November, will resume their rivalry in the 1 1/2-mile La Prevoyante, which has attracted only five distaffers. Grade 3 runner-up LONG APPROACH (Empire Maker) is part of the cast, and ICON PROJECT (Empire Maker) and AWESOME MOMENT (Awesome Again), the one-two finishers in a recent Gulfstream Park turf allowance, round out the line-up.
The Miami Mile appears much more contentious with a full field of 12. National Museum Racing Hall of Fame S. (G2) hero WESLEY (El Prado [Ire]) is a top draw, but he will have to overcome the far outside post and is unplaced in two starts this season. FINALLYMADEIT (Concert), a smashing 8 1/4-length winner of the Skip Away S. (G3) on the main track at Gulfstream last out, must be respected, but he's unplaced in two previous turf attempts and is cross-entered to the Sumter S. one race later. Other contenders include VANQUISHER (Gulch), ROGUE VICTORY (Victory Gallop) and FEARLESS EAGLE (Invisible Ink).
The Summit of Speed on July 11 is once again the centerpiece of the 2009 Calder meet. Five sprint stakes will be held that afternoon, including the important Princess Rooney H. (G1) and Smile Sprint H. (G2). In 2008, BENNY THE BULLY (Lucky Lionel) recorded a two-length score in the six-furlong Smile en route to being named champion sprinter. Other big events at Calder include the Summit Preview on June 13; the Juvenile Showcase on August 29; the Festival Preview on September 26; and the Festival of the Sun on October 17.
Six races originally written as overnight stakes for two-year-olds for the 2009 Calder meet are now full-fledged stakes races on the schedule for the upcoming season, which begins Friday. The additional funding comes from the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association for winning Florida-breds.
The six $50,000 overnight stakes double in value to $100,000 each with the additional FTBOA funding for winning Florida-breds. The races are:
The July 11 races are part of Calder's Summit of Speed program, which also features five other sprint stakes, including four graded races.
The Juvenile Showcase, featuring an entire card dedicated to two-year-olds, will take place on August 29. That afternoon's card also includes the middle legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes series, the $150,000 Affirmed Division and $150,000 Susan's Girl Division for fillies.
The entire revised Calder Meet stakes schedule and more information about the 2009 live racing season can be found on the Internet at www.calderracecourse.com.
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