08/25/2011 12:16PM

Calder: Brei, Gold well-stocked for Juvenile Showcase


Two-year-olds will be in the spotlight on Saturday, as will the owner-trainer team of Fred Brei and Stanley Gold, when Calder presents its now traditional and extremely popular Juvenile Showcase. The 13-race program is comprised exclusively of 2-year-old races, six of which are stakes, topped by the $125,000 Affirmed and Susan’s Girl, middle legs of the Florida Stallion Series.

Gold has orchestrated sweeps of the Stallion Series each of the last two years with Brei homebreds Jackson Bend (2009) and Awesome Feather (2010), the latter ultimately going on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and an Eclipse Award as the top 2-year-old filly of 2010. Brei and Gold also accounted for the first legs of both the open and filly division of the current edition of the Stallion Stakes on Aug. 6 with Fort Loudon and Redbud Road.

Fort Loudon returns in the seven-furlong Affirmed against nine rivals, including Argentine Tango and For Oby, the second- and third-place finishers in the six-furlong Dr. Fager. The field also includes Frank Gomez Memorial winner Mel Beach and the stakes-placed Gentlemans Code.

Racing over a sloppy track, Fort Loudon circled wide while rallying from mid-pack to a 1 1/4-length decision in the Dr. Fager. Argentine Tango finished fastest of all in the Dr. Fager and should appreciate the added distance in Saturday’s rematch with his uncoupled stablemate.

Fort Loudon’s sternest test could come from Gentlemans Code, a New York-based gelding who finished second after setting the pace into the stretch in Monmouth Park’s Tyro. In his previous start, Gentlemans Code shipped to Royal Ascot where he finished fourth on the turf for trainer Wesley Ward in the Windsor Castle Stakes.

Runaway maiden claiming winner Ten Past Ten, Twin, Wildcat Creek, Hello Prince, and Kings Over complete the field for the Affirmed.

Brei and Gold will also be represented by a pair of key contenders in the seven-furlong Susan’s Girl, Redbud Road and Awesome Belle.

Redbud Road won for the third straight time when she rallied from just off the pace over a sloppy track to 1 1/4-length victory in the Desert Vixen. All three of her wins have come since she added blinkers following a second-place finish in her career debut.

Awesome Belle had to alter course and come extremely wide into the stretch, losing her best chance when an unlucky fifth in the Desert Vixen. She finished second, just a half-length behind Redbud Road, when the pair met five weeks earlier in the J J’s Dream Stakes.

The Susan’s Girl also brings back the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers from the Desert Vixen – Queen Drama, Montessa G. and Lotta Lovin.

Queen Drama drifted some through midstretch while finishing best of all to be second in the Desert Vixen. The lightly raced Montessa G. set a contested pace and was tiring when steadied from tight quarters along the rail in deep stretch but still held on to be third. Lota Lovin weakened late after racing within easy striking distance of the leaders in a disappointing performance that followed her very impressive local debut.

Both the $75,000 Seacliff and its filly counterpart, the $75,000 Lindsay Frolic, are carded at a mile on the main track.

A full field of 14 juveniles, including two also-eligibles, was drawn for the Seacliff with Isutalkintome, a seven-furlong maiden winner in his last start, the only member of the lineup to have won beyond six furlongs.

The Lindsay Frolic also lured 14 juvenile fillies with Montessa G. cross-entered for the event by trainer Bill White as well as in the Susan’s Girl. The undefeated Shebop is the only two-time winner in the lineup. French Politics showed marked improvement with the addition of blinkers winning her maiden going seven furlongs three weeks ago.

The $75,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash and $75,000 Catcharisingstar are both are carded at five furlongs on the grass but will most likely be moved to the main track due to the effects of Hurricane Irene.