11/16/2013 6:06PM

Calder: Flutterby upsets Cut the Charm for 93-year-old owner-trainer

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Flutterby wins the $50,000 Cut the Charm on Saturday for 93-year-old owner-breeder-trainer Jerry Bozzo.

MIAMI - Flutterby, trained by 93-year-old Jerry Bozzo, outlasted the 5-2 favorite Side Street to register a one-length victory in Saturday’s $50,000 Cut the Charm Stakes at Calder.

Bozzo, a World War II veteran, is the owner and breeder of Flutterby, a 2-year-old daughter of Congrats who raced with blinkers for the first time in the 5  1/2-furlong Cut the Charm. Flutterby stalked the early pace of Pomeroy Angle, opened a commanding advantage in early stretch, then withstood a final bid from the 5-2 Side Street.

Side Street was easily second best, then had to withstand a claim of foul by the rider of Red Brunette, who stumbled badly shortly after the break to lose her best chance.

Flutterby was ridden to victory by Luca Panici. She completed the distance in 1:05.67 and paid $38.60 for her second win in four starts.

Elusive Blueboy led from start to finish to prove a 2 3/4-length winner of the $50,000 Excellent Luck Stakes. The 2-year-old son of Bluegrass Cat easily held safe a final rally from Tapicero, who was making his first start in the Excellent Luck.

Elusive Bluboy is trained by Ralph Nicks for owner-breeder David Garner. He covered 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.70 under jockey Jose Alvarez and returned $2.60.


chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The best headline here lately. I hope Trainer Bozzo cashed a nice wager as well.
ghost2_ More than 1 year ago
Bozzo is the age my grandfather (also a World War II veteran) would be if he were still alive. I think it's great that he's still so active, with a number of starts and wins on the year, as I looked up his record after reading this article. I wish him and Flutterby much more success in the future!
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Its the work that keeps Mr. Bozzo as spry and healthy as he is. Work, when you love what you do, is the best medicine. There is age discrimination in the work place and Mr. Bozzo proves that a older person can be a winning trainer and good worker. Kudos to Mr. Bozzo.
jackdsplns More than 1 year ago
Congrats you old coot!