09/13/2005 11:00PM

Anjiz Crypto not your typical Calder star

Tom Cooley
Wild Speed will give five to 12 pounds to her rivals in the U Can Do It.

MIAMI - The summer meet at Calder is generally known for developing promising 2-year-old talent. But one of the up-and-coming stars of the current session is a 4-year-old Argentine-bred colt named Anjiz Crypto, who registered his second consecutive one-sided victory here Sunday when he easily defeated a good group of third-level optional claiming and allowance horses, including the multiple stakes winner Cin Cin.

Anjiz Crypto has flourished recently for trainer Richard Ciardullo Jr., who purchased the son of Anjiz for the 916 Racing Stable and Byron Brown on a trip to Argentina last spring. After three ordinary races to begin his U.S. career, Anjiz Crypto suddenly blossomed, earning a 100 Beyer Speed Figure with a 4 1/4-length allowance win on Aug. 20 and returning to post a 97 Beyer with another easy wire-to-wire victory on Sunday.

"Everybody told me bringing an Argentinian horse to south Florida, especially in the summer, was a bad idea, that they needed cooler weather more like they were used to back home, and also needed much longer to adapt to the U.S. than just a couple of months," Ciardullo said. "But I was confident I could prove them wrong."

Anjiz Crypto showed signs of improvement when he raced with Lasix for the second time and blinkers for the first time on July 29, finishing a troubled third behind the odds-on Careys Gold going five furlongs.

"I ran him bone dry, without medication or equipment, the first time, but I knew eventually he would need blinkers," said Ciardullo. "I also thought the further he went the better suited he'd be, because that would help him be forward on the pace. We were a little lucky on Sunday when Laughing Luke stumbled a bit leaving the gate, because it allowed us to get loose again on the lead, but the way he ran, it may not have made a difference."

Anjiz Crypto was one of three winners that Ciardullo sent out over a 24-hour span here Sunday and Monday. He also won Sunday's finale with I Like Wine, who cruised to an easy maiden win after odds-on favorite D' broken Speed was eased when his saddle slipped, and Monday's fourth race with longshot Pitanga.

"When you're hot, you're hot," Ciardullo said after Pitanga's victory.

Ciardullo said he has two options for Anjiz Crypto.

"There's an overnight stakes here for him in about two weeks," he said. "Or I might take him to California to run him in a stakes out there on the grass."

Wild Speed topweight in U Can Do It

Wild Speed, idle since cruising to a pair of overnight stakes wins here during the spring, will return to shoulder high weight of 120 pounds in Saturday's $75,000 U Can Do It Handicap. The six-furlong U Can Do It drew a field of eight older fillies and mares.

Wild Speed will concede five to 12 pounds to rivals that include Excessed, Mystical Beauty, Kuanyan, Midtown Miss, Babaganush, Tigi, and Wise and Precious.

Excessed has shipped in from New Jersey for the Southern California-based trainer Mike Mitchell. Excessed, who finished last of 12 in the Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Handicap on turf here April 30, has not started since finishing fourth in Monmouth Park's Long Branch Stakes on June 25. A 4-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie, Excessed blew out three furlongs in 35.60 seconds here Tuesday.

Foolish Pleasure gets 18 nominees

Nominations have been released for four of the six stakes that make up the Festival of the Sun Preview program on Sept. 24. Heading the stakes lineup will be the $150,000 Foolish Pleasure Breeders' Cup for 2-year-olds, along with its filly counterpart, the $150,000 Brave Raj. Both races will be decided at one mile and 70 yards.

The Foolish Pleasure drew 18 nominees led by Blazing Rate, a game second behind the undefeated In Summation in the seven-furlong Affirmed Stakes, and R Loyal Man, runner-up in Churchill Downs's Grade 3 Bashford Manor on July 10.

Among the other key nominees to the Foolish Pleasure are the undefeated and untested Forest Danz and In Summation's promising stablemate Rehoboth.

Only 11 2-year-old fillies were nominated to the Brave Raj, including Prospect of Love and Siren Cove, second and third in the Susan's Girl Stakes; recent two-turn stakes winner Mia's Reflection; and the speedy but lightly raced Stolen Prayer.