09/16/2011 3:44PM

Calder: Anderson back at the track with promising filly

Bob Coglianese
Pete Anderson, pictured with Delightful Kiss in 2010, has resumed training at Calder.

MIAMI – The phone rang in the Daily Racing Form office high atop the Calder grandstand during training hours one morning earlier this week with a familiar voice on the other end. It was Pete Anderson, the former rider turned trainer and one-time bon vivant back during racing’s hey days. And as is usually the case when speaking with Anderson, the conversation was decidedly one-sided.

“I’m back here at Calder with the best-looking 2-year-old I’ve ever had or been around,” the enthusiastic Anderson began. “I’ve had her here at the track for two weeks and already I’ve got a good feeling about her. I’m inspired by her looks, and she really puts a gleam in this old man’s eyes. You’ve got to come back here and see her some morning. She’s gorgeous.”

Finally, the opportunity arrived to get some particulars about Anderson’s one-horse stable. The filly is called Gorgeous Jewel. She’s by Trust N Luck out of a mare named Imahumdinger, who Anderson trained during her racing career.

“I owned the mother, bred this filly myself, and named her after my wife with whom I’ve been together for 44 years,” Anderson continued.

When Gorgeous Jewel finally makes it to the races, it will be the first time Anderson, who turns 80 in November, will have started a horse under his own name since Delightful Kiss finished fourth in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap in April 2010. Delightful Kiss has earned more than $1 million, the majority under Anderson’s tutelage and the rest for his daughter Aggie Ordonez who still campaigns the 7-year-old gelding on the West Coast.

Delightful Kiss won the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and three Grade 3 stakes for Anderson, including Gulfstream Park’s Hal’s Hope in 2009. Anderson also captured the Ohio Derby as a jockey aboard National in 1964. His most important win as a rider came six years earlier when he guided Cavan to an upset in the 1958 Belmont while in the process denying Tim Tam the Triple Crown.

“I made a mistake taking Delightful Kiss out to California,” Anderson admitted. “But it gave me a chance to spend time with my daughter and grandson out there and to take a little break. I finally wound up buying him myself, he runs under Aggie’s name now, and I’d like to bring him back here with me in November to run at Gulfstream Park next winter.”

By that time, Anderson hopes to have already gotten Gorgeous Jewel to the races.

“If all goes well, I should have her ready to run in two months,” Anderson said. “And it’s because of her I’ve got that great old-time feeling back again.”

Ward just misses in bid for 1,000

Another former jockey turned trainer, Wesley Ward, just failed in his attempt to win his 1,000th race as a trainer in North America when his Mississippi Hippie was caught in late stretch by the 11-1 outsider Evangelos in Friday’s fourth race. Ward had narrowly missed another victory here the previous afternoon, when his 2-year-old filly Forever Noble was beaten a nose by Starship Flare.

◗ Giant Ryan, winner of the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap, worked three furlongs in 37.83 seconds here Friday. It was the first published work for Giant Ryan since the Smile on July 12. Shivanandu Parboo, owner of Giant Ryan and son of trainer Bisnath Parboo, said earlier this week that the Grade 1 Vosburgh Handicap remains the next objective for the New York-bred Giant Ryan who earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint by virtue of his victory in the Smile.

◗ Decisive Moment also breezed here Friday, going four furlongs in 49.20 and galloping out five-eighths in 1:02.80 for trainer Juan Arias. Decisive Moment is scheduled to make his next start in the Grade 2 Indiana Derby on Oct. 1.