08/22/2013 1:44PM

Calder: Florida Stallion Stakes top Juvenile Showcase

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My Brown Eyed Guy won the first leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes, the Dr. Fager, and is favored to win the second leg on Saturday, the Affirmed.

It’s all about babies at Calder Race Course on Saturday, when the Miami track puts on its 11th annual Juvenile Showcase. Every single one of the afternoon’s 10 races is for 2-year-olds, with six of them stakes. They include two divisions of the second leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes, as well as a pair of one-mile races, the $75,000 Seacliff and the $75,000 Lindsay Frolic.

The focal point of the program is the $125,000 Affirmed, a seven-furlong division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. It’s the middle leg of a series that concludes Oct. 12 with the $300,000 In Reality at Calder. My Brown Eyed Guy is the lone runner capable of a series sweep after winning the six-furlong, $75,000 Dr. Fager, at Calder on July 20. Saturday, he’ll be rematched with a handful of runners he defeated, including second-place finisher Best Plan Yet.

Best Plan Yet is also entered in the Seacliff, but will go in the Affirmed, said his trainer, Stanley Gold. Gold also has D N A Approved entered in both the Seacliff and Affirmed and said a decision was pending on which race he would start in Saturday. Both are owned by their breeder, Fred Brei of Jacks or Better Farm, the operation that swept the 2010 Florida Stallion Stakes series for fillies with that year’s Eclipse champion Awesome Feather.

“They’re homebred horses, and the breeder owns the sires and dams and supports the program,” Gold said. “We want to continue to support the program and, of course, the purse is higher and that’s just added icing on the cake.”

Best Plan Yet, who is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Midas Eyes, enters the Affirmed off a maiden special weight win at seven furlongs at Calder on Aug. 3. He stalked the pace and drove to a two-length win, and the Beyer Speed Figure of 72 that he earned is the best last-race number in the Affirmed. He now gets a rematch with My Brown Eyed Guy, at the same seven-furlong distance of that win.

“He’ll make a race out of it down the lane,” Gold said. “I’d like to win this leg, but I think he’ll do better the next leg. He’ll do fine at seven furlongs. He’ll do better at a mile. I think his best days are ahead of him.”

Best Plan Yet is a son of Hear No Evil, a multiple stakes winner of $600,000. His dam, Bayou Plans, was a four-time stakes winner who earned more than $300,000. She has produced four stakes winners, including Midas Eyes, who captured the Grade 1 Forego at seven furlongs; Bayou’s Lassie, a multiple Grade 3 winner of $700,000; and Awesome Belle, a six-time stakes winner approaching earnings of $500,000.

Jeff Sanchez has the mount on Best Plan Yet, who drew post 7.

Eduardo Nunez has the mount on My Brown Eyed Guy, a son of With Distinction, for his breeder, Gilbert Campbell. Kathleen O’Connell trains the horse, who is a half-brother to Blue Eyed Sweetie, a winner of the Lindsay Frolic.

O’Connell also has the lone filly capable of sweeping the Florida Stallion Stakes. She sent out Scandalous Act to win the six-furlong division, $75,000 Desert Vixen at Calder on July 20, and has brought that one back for the $125,000 Susan’s Girl at seven furlongs Saturday. The series concludes with the $300,000 My Dear Girl at Calder on Oct. 12.

Scandalous Act will be a strong favorite in the seven-horse Susan’s Girl. She dominated the Desert Vixen by more than seven lengths, leading gate to wire to earn a Beyer Speed Figure of 73. The number is the best career Beyer in the Susan’s Girl.

Scandalous Act is a daughter of the Mr. Prospector stallion Act of Duty. She’s also a half-sister to Two T’s At Two B, winner of the 2012 Dr. Fager division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. Nunez has the mount from the rail for owner-breeder Campbell.

◗ Brothersofthetime, a son of Wood Memorial winner Bob and John, makes his two-turn debut in the Seacliff.

◗ Light Bringer, a half-sister to Grade 3 route winner Aegean, seeks to build off a smart debut win in the Lindsay Frolic.

◗ Solitary, who earned a Beyer of 81 for her debut win at Gulfstream, tries turf in the $75,000 Catcharisingstar at five furlongs. Her sire, Elusive Quality, gets 11 percent winners from his first-time turfers.

◗ Macho Trini, who is undefeated in two starts, also tries turf in the $75,000 Calder Dash at five furlongs. Macho Trini is a half-brother to a turf winner.

John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Wow - didn't know they were still racing at Calder !
Ronald Sanchez More than 1 year ago
City in sky Will leave solitary in THe starting gate No doy y about that THe city zip filly Will smashed theee rivales again . She is in her way too THe breeders cup juvenille turf