GRADED STAKES PREVIEWS
CALDER DERBY (G3), 10TH-CRC, $400,000, 3YO, 1 1/8MT, 4:54 P.M. (EDT), 4-26
ACAI, 3, c, by Three Wonders—Regal Debutante, by
Vice Regent O-Grimaldi Stable Corporation Inc; B-Steppin” Out Farms Inc.
SPORTING ART, 3, c, by Doneraile Court—Playful
Run, by Run Softly O-Jon & Sarah Kelly; B-Frank Penn & John R. Penn (Ky)
AFLEET BOB, 3, c, by Northern Afleet—Carole Vee,
by Mountain of Laws O-Robert M Dubois; B-Dubois Robert (Fl)
TOUR IRELAND, 3, c, by Tour D’Or—Kelly McGee, by
Blair’s Cove O/B-Irish Acres Farm (Fl)
RUN SULLY RUN, 3, c, by Cherokee Run—Woodman’s
Dancer, by Woodman O-Ol Memorial Stable & C E Glasscock; B-Grapestock LLC (Ky)
HIGHLY HONORED, 3, c, by Double Honor—Hey City
Girl, by Jeblar O-William J Condren & Michael H Sherm; B-Farnsworth Farms
TITAN OF INDUSTRY, 3, G, by Giant’s
Causeway—Lilac’s Star, by Deputy Minister O-Klaravich Stables Inc & William
Law; B-Bona Terra Farms (Ky)
WISE ANSWER, 3, c, by Wised Up—All the Answers,
by Colony Light O/B-J D Farms (Fl)
DREAM MAESTRO, 3, c, by Concerto—Kitty Dehere,
by Dehere O-Ione & Herbert Elkins; B-William Lussky (Fl)
FLYING DISMOUNT, 3, c, by Proud
Citizen—Classical Romance, by Regal Classic O-Peachtree Stable; B-Charles
HE’S EZE, 3, c, by Silver Deputy—Eze, by
Williamstown O-Earl I Silver & Michael Eiserman; B-Brylynn Farm Inc (Fl)
EL SULTRY SUN, 3, c, by Eltish—Sultry Sun, by
Buckfinder O-Live Oak Plantation; B-Live Oak Stud (Fl)
A dozen sophomores will travel nine panels over the Calder turf course to
contest the $400,000 Calder Derby (G3) on Saturday. Trainer Christophe Clement
will saddle a pair in here, led by Palm Beach S. (G3) victor SPORTING ART (Doneraile
Court), and although the nine-furlong distance may be his limitation, we still like the
talented Kentucky-bred. The bay began his career with two wins in Great Britain,
and followed that with two solid fourth-place stakes tries, including the
Sirenia S. (Eng-G3). Second in his U.S. debut, the colt looked especially good in
the 1 1/8-mile Palm Beach and should be tough to handle once again with
slight improvement. Javier Castellano returns to ride.
TITAN OF INDUSTRY (Giant’s Causeway) was a serious factor in the Palm Beach
before tiring late for conditioner Richard Violette. The gelded chestnut has
faced top competition in nearly every start of his career and has held up well,
including a third in the Laurel Futurity at two. The three-year-old should
improve in his second off the mini-break and with a slightly better trip, and we’ll consider him a live contender under Cornelio Velasquez.
FLYING DISMOUNT (Proud Citizen) was a strong second in the Palm Beach and
gives Clement a solid one-two punch in this lucrative contest. The bay colt
failed to hit the board in two tries as a freshman for Todd Pletcher, but has
blossomed under Clement’s care, drawing off for two Tampa scores prior to
his fine stakes debut. Rene Douglas will be in the irons.
EL SULTRY SUN (Eltish) is a viable top three candidate in here for John
Kimmel, despite his horrible outside post. The talented Florida-bred conquered
the Sophomore Turf S. at Tampa most recently and smoked a bullet half-mile in
preparation for his graded debut. The chestnut colt impressed in his first career
Belmont last year and has yet to run worse than second in three lifetime outings, so we’ll
use him in a lot of our gimmicks at a square price.
TOUR IRELAND (Tour d’Or) has been extremely impressive from a visual
standpoint in both career tries for Noel Hickey, and we give the late runner a
shot to earn a nice paycheck in this field. Owned and bred by Hickey as well,
the chestnut colt improved nicely from start one to two, although his first
start was a thing of beauty in itself. We’re never sure how to gauge this type
when they face a field as deep as this, but he’s one to consider at a big price.
RUN SULLY RUN (Cherokee Run) defeated our top choice two back and was likely
done in by the widest post in the Palm Beach, so he’s eligible to improve for
Cam Gambolati. The Kentucky-bred chestnut has worked well in advance of this and
should have good early positioning with his nice draw, so he’s an exotics threat
in our minds. Joe Bravo will once again be at the controls on this one.
DREAM MAESTRO (Concerto) was a good second in the Holy Bull S. (G3) last out
and will make his turf debut in here for Bill Kaplan. The chestnut gelding will
be making his seventh start in less than four months, and he’s a mystery on the
sod, so we’ll let him beat us on this occasion. HE’S EZE (Silver Deputy) doesn’t
look good enough to be more than a pace presence in here, but he could improve
some in his grassy debut.
HIGHLY HONORED (Double Honor) finished in midpack against state-bred foes
last out and will likely find this group much more difficult to cope with. WISE
ANSWER (Wised Up) has ability, but we feel he might need a rest after viewing his past
performance lines of late.
AFLEET BOB (Northern Afleet) was a sharp maiden winner against Florida-bred
foes but looks like nothing more than a brief pacesetter in this field. ACAI
(Three Wonders) is still a maiden and beat just one horse in his lone turf
effort, so we’ll pass.