06/11/2011 11:20AM

Calder: Manicero to run today


The question of whether Manicero will actually compete in today's Unbridled Stakes was answered earlier this morning when trainer Leo Azpurua Jr. named Jesus Rios to replace regular rider Paco Lopez aboard his multiple stakes winning 3-year-old.  Azpurua was hoping to run Manicero next weekend in Charles Town's richer Red Legend Stakes but was concerned his horse might not get into the starting lineup if the race over filled and he needs to get a race for his sprint star before the Grade 2 Carry Back here on July 9.  

Meanwhile, the main track is fast and the turf course is firm with the rail out 15 feet for the third race and down for races 8 and 12.