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Calder: Florida Stallion stakes sweep for Nunez, O'Connell, Campbell
By Joe DeVivo
Jockey Eddie Nunez, trainer Kathleen O’Connell, and owner Gilbert Campbell teamed up to sweep both the male and female first legs of the Florida Stallion stakes series for 2-year-olds at Calder on Saturday.
In the most impressive performance among three stakes on the card, Scandalous Act ($8) turned what looked like a tight race as she entered the stretch into a romp in the $75,000 Desert Vixen for fillies. In front by only a length with two challengers in close pursuit, Scandalous Act hit high in midstretch and cruised home 7 1/2 lengths in front while completing six furlongs in 1:11.87, a full second faster than her male stablemate My Brown Eyed Guy ran the same distance in the $75,000 Dr. Fager.
Scandalous Act, a daughter of Act of Duty, had dominated her career debut on May 18, but failed to show the same speed a month later when seventh of nine against open company in the J J’s Dreaming.
Holiday Magic, the even-money favorite on the basis of her impressive win her career debut on June 30, rallied from fourth to get second, three-quarters of a length in front of Quinnkat at 17-1.
Two races earlier, My Brown Eyed Guy ($4.20) drew clear in the final furlong to win the Dr. Fager by 3 1/4 lengths after completing six furlongs in 1:12.87.
Best Plan Yet rallied to get second at 7-2 with Copa Del Rey another 1 ½ lengths back in third.
My Brown Eyed Guy is a nose shy of being unbeaten in three starts. He defeated maidens in his second career start on July 6 after missing by a nose on June 15.
* Heavy favorite Angelica Zapata ($3.80) closed strongly in deep stretch to run down My Pal Chrisy and win the $75,000 Nancy’s Glitter Handicap for the second straight year.
The 5-year-old Angelica Zapata, ridden by Juan Leyva, is now 5 for 6 lifetime on Calder’s main track. All five wins have come in stakes. Trained by Ron Pellegrini for Herman Van Den Broeck, Angelica Zapata ran the two-turn mile in 1:39.34 and finished three-quarters of a length in front of My Pay Chrisy. Centrique finished third at 6-1.
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