05/28/2010 2:22PM

CALDER: Midway report


A downpour prior to the third race left the track sloppy for the remainder of the card. The grass races had already been moved to the main due to two consecutive nights of rain(as those of you who watched the Marlins game last evening might have noticed).

 Anyone who takes 2-5 in a quarter mile race for babies deserves what they get. And they got a losing ticket after Wicklow Royale broke a step slow and never threatened as the odds on favorite in the second race. Abopnero broke much sharper than in his previous start and wired the field with Uptonow along for second coming out of the fastest maiden 2-year-old race of the meet to date.

 The wet track didn't have any effect on Don't Sa No in the third with leading trainer Steve DiMauro getting his wish after entering this horse for main track only. For those who purchased Saturday's Form early and read the Calder insert, they were rewarded since this colt was a Horse to Watch following a nightmare trip on the grass on Sunday. Unfortunately anyone who thought they were getting 8-5, the price on Don't Say No left the gate, were in for a rude awakening after he was bet to even money during the running of the race.  That's a good chunk of change all of a sudden on a horse who held around 2-1 the entire betting. Curious that late dough came in after the favorite left the gate running and had three on the field after 70 yards.  Can anyone say "betting after the bell?".

    Well Tanned Prez came up an enormous good thing in the fifth, pounded from his 8-1 morning line to 2-1 in the final several minutes of betting. He was also likely best but for breaking a step slow and having to rush to contention down the backstretch, hanging late after joining the co-favored Two Saints for the lead turning for home.