09/27/2012 3:47PM

Calder: Brave Dave and Singanothersong rematched in Birdonthewire

Sabrina Elkington/Equi-Photo
Brave Dave won the Grade 3 Sapling at Monmouth Park despite stumbling at the start.

MIAMI – It’s been three months since Brave Dave defeated Singanothersong by 1 1/4 lengths in the most impressive of the dozens of maiden races contested this summer at Calder. Those two rivals will square off for the second time on Saturday in the $100,000 Birdonthewire Stakes, with Brave Dave looking to build on his recent victory in the Grade 3 Sapling and Singanothersong trying to rebound from his disappointing two-turn debut in the Seacliff Stakes.

The Birdonthewire has drawn a very strong field of 2-year-olds, which along with Brave Dave and Singanothersong includes stakes winners Two T’s At Two B and Sr. Quisqueyano; the impressive maiden winner Mind Spell; and the stakes-placed pair of Too Fast to Pass and Boyfriend’s Back. The six-furlong Birdonthewire will share top billing on the card with its filly counterpart, the $100,000 Cassidy, which also lured a good group, featuring Candy Coded Kisses, upset winner of the Desert Vixen division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, Dreaming of Sophia, Jewel in the Sky, and Magical Madam.

Brave Dave will be favored to add the Birdonthewire to his wire-to-wire, three-quarter-length victory over Special Jo earlier this month in the Sapling, a race he won despite stumbling badly leaving the starting gate. Brave Dave, a son of Put It Back trained by Ed Plesa Jr., looked as good as he did before leaving town when he posted a very fast bullet half-mile work here eight days ago.

Singanothersong earned a very respectable Beyer Speed Figure of 80 in defeat behind Brave Dave in his debut, and he came back to dominate maiden special weight opposition four weeks later. But he had little left after the opening six furlongs of the one-mile Seacliff and tired badly to finish a well-beaten fourth behind the then-undefeated Sr. Quisqueyano.

“He came out of the Seacliff with a very bad lung infection that took us nearly three weeks to get rid of, so I’m just putting a line through that effort,” said Ronald Pellegrini, who trains the homebred Singanothersong for Herman Van Den Broeck. “I felt after the first time we ran against Brave Dave that we had the better horse because my colt was only about 85 percent fit going into that race. And I think he’ll bounce back and run real big on Saturday.”

Singanothersong will receive a seven-pound weight shift from Brave Dave off the pair’s first encounter.

Two T’s At Two B used his abundant speed to open his career with three easy wins, including runaway victories in both the Frank Gomez Memorial and Dr. Fager stakes. But his skein came to an end when he was hard-used on the lead before fading to finish third as the 2-5 favorite in the seven-furlong Affirmed.

Sr. Quisqeyano was also unbeaten and virtually unchallenged in his first three starts, which included a 13 3/4-length triumph in the one-mile Seacliff. But he finally met his match in the Plesa-trained Itsmyluckyday when finishing second just two weeks ago in the one mile and 70-yard Foolish Pleasure.

Candy Coded Kisses could be favored in the Cassidy off her easy win in the six-furlong Desert Vixen. She proved no match for Putyourdreamsaway when second four weeks later in the seven-furlong Susan’s Girl.

Jewel in the Sky, haltered for $40,000 out of her maiden win on June 9, dominated first-level allowance company Aug. 12 while posting an 80 Beyer Figure, highest of any member of the Cassidy lineup. But an awkward start compromised her chances when she finished a tiring fourth as the heavy favorite in the Susan’s Girl.

Dreaming of Sophia couldn’t have looked better in a 6 1/4-length maiden win on Aug. 5 and has trained forwardly since that victory.

Magical Madam turned in a shocking debut win at odds of 40-1 for trainer Richard Arnold Jr. here earlier this summer, and she too has worked well in preparation for the Cassidy.