06/06/2010 3:05PM

CALDER: Hot firster not world's fastest horse


All that early went down the drain as Annual could do no better than finish third after breaking a step slow, racing wide and a bit greenly through the stretch when failing to switch leads and lugging in some until near the sixteenth pole. He closed as the 8-5 favorite.  Walt's Whiz, an improving 3-year-old who had worked fast for the race, led throughout to post the mild upset with Our Masterpeace, the 9-5 second choice, fading badly after chasing the winner and finishing far back.

Not surprising to see Joanie's Catch open as the favorite in the Sweettrickydancer Stakes. Her reputation and class edge pushing bettors her way at the moment although she is winless since the fall and perhaps vulnerable at a short price in her two turn bow on grass.