09/14/2013 5:13PM

Calder: Best Plan Yet takes advantage in Foolish Pleasure

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Best Plan Yet wins the Foolish Pleasure Stakes under Jeffrey Sanchez.

Best Plan Yet ducked his nemesis My Brown Eyed Guy and made the most of the opportunity when rallying from last to a popular one-length victory over Union Cash in Saturday’s $85,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes for 2-year-olds at Calder.

Best Plan Yet had finished second behind My Brown Eyed Guy in the opening two legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes, the six-furlong Dr. Fager and seven-furlong Affirmed. Stretching out around two turns for the first time in the mile and 70-yard Foolish Pleasure, Best Plan Yet rallied from last under a ground-saving ride by jockey Jeffrey Sanchez, engaged the pacesetting Union Cash near the eighth pole and gradually edged clear. Union Cash, My Brown Eyed Guy’s stablemate from the barn of trainer Kathleen O’Connell, held on stubbornly once headed near mid-stretch before succumbing grudgingly at the end. Copa Del Rey finished third after bumping with the winner in early stretch.

Best Plan Yet, a homebred son of Hear No Evil owned by Fred Brei and trained by Stanley Gold, paid $4.80 for his second win in five starts.

Brave Raj: Kaplan runners finish one-two

Trainer Bill Kaplan was also glad to hear O’Connell was passing Saturday’s $85,000 Brave Raj Stakes for 2-year-old fillies with Scandalous Act, who like My Brown Eyed Guy had swept the opening two legs of the filly division of the Stallion Stakes. And he too was able to take advantage of the opportunity, sending out Holiday Magic and Quinnkat to finish first and second, respectively, in the mile and 70-yard Brave Raj.

Holiday Magic, a son of Congrats, stalked the pace before drawing off with authority under Juan Leyva to register a 4 ¼-length decision over Quinnkat. The latter was easily second best despite lugging in badly on her left lead near mid-stretch. Quinnkat survived a claim of foul by the rider of fourth-place finisher Flat Out Charming, who she put in tight quarters against the inner rail entering the opening bend.

Holiday Magic paid $14.40.

Needles: Dysprosium romps

Dysprosium registered his second one-sided victory in as many starts when leading from start to finish to post a six-length victory over even-money favorite Midnight Cello in the $62,600 Needles Stakes on the turf. Offlee Fast finished third.

Dysprosium, a 3-year-old son of Rock Hard Ten trained by Bill White for owner-breeder Donald Dizney, won his only previous start by 7 3/4 lengths. Dysprosium was ridden by Sanchez and paid $11.20.

Judy’s Red Shoes: Dreaming of Sophia wins turf debut

Dreaming of Sophia made her turf debut a winning one after benefitting from an astutely judged ride by Antonio Gallardo to post a one-length decision over Nicki Starshine in the $56,800 Judy’s Red Shoes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf. Longshot Dreamlicious was third.

Dreaming of Sophia is owned by her breeder, Frank Calabrese, and trained by Kirk Ziadie. She was sent postward the 2-1 favorite despite never having started on grass and returned $6.