09/13/2012 2:18PM

Calder: Foolish Pleasure brings together trio of recent stakes winners

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Sr. Quisqueyano won The Seacliff by 13 3/4 lengths.

MIAMI – Sr. Quisqueyano, D’nied Permission, and Itsmyluckyday, each of whom won stakes on last month’s Juvenile Showcase program, will all cross paths in Saturday’s $100,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes at Calder. The mile-and-70-yard Foolish Pleasure is one of four stakes on a card that also includes the $100,000 Brave Raj for 2-year-old fillies, and both the $75,000 Needles and $75,000 Judy’s Red Shoes for 3-year-olds on the grass.

Sr. Quisqueyano is unquestionably the leader of the local 2-year-old division after his dominating 13 3/4-length victory in the one-mile Seacliff on Aug. 25. The win was the third in as many starts for Sr. Quisqueyano, who also captured an entry-level allowance race by a dozen lengths just two weeks earlier. Both of Sr. Quisqueyano’s one-sided triumphs came over sloppy racetracks.

D’nied Permission upset the seven-furlong Affirmed, middle leg of the Florida Stallion Series, at odds of 21-1 when he rallied to a neck decision over the maiden Joshua’s Comprise. D’nied Permission, who has not finished worse than second in four starts, was no match for Sr. Quisqueyano when the pair met under allowance conditions on Aug. 11.

“I went into the Affirmed thinking I could possibly get a check, the field was short, and there were a couple of maidens in there, and to my surprise in the last 70 yards he really showed a tremendous amount of courage and dug back in when that other horse [Joshua’s Comprise] tried him,” said D’nied Permission’s trainer, Joe Calascibetta. “It made me think I might really have a nice horse here. Now the question is whether he can handle two turns because if he shows he can, we have a major objective coming up in the In Reality.”

As for defeating Sr. Quisqueyano on Saturday, Calascibetta showed he was a realist.

“I’d rate beating Sr. Quisqueyano somewhere between pretty tough and monstrous,” Calascibetta said with a smile. “But the good thing is he’s not eligible for the Stallion Stakes so he can’t run in the In Reality.”

Itsmyluckyday rallied to a four-length win in the five-furlong Fasig Tipton Turf Dash, a race switched from the grass to the soggy main track, on Aug. 25. Itsmyluckyday, a son of Lawyer Ron, had made his first three starts at Monmouth Park, where he had previously finished third on turf in the Tyro. The Foolish Pleasure will be Itsmyluckyday’s first try beyond five furlongs.

Other contenders in the Foolish Pleasure include the undefeated Kanturk Kid, Joshua’s Comprise, L’s Ticket to Ride, and Billos Boy.

Rose to Gold will be the overwhelming favorite to win the Brave Raj after launching her career with a spectacular 13-length victory in the one-mile Lindsay Frolic Stakes on Juvenile Showcase Day. A daughter of Friends Lake trained by Sal Santoro, Rose to Gold was a $1,400 yearling purchase at the 2011 Fasig Tipton February sale.

Only six other fillies signed on for the Brave Raj, three of whom – Bama Rose, Brown Eyed Sue, and Carquista – finished far behind Rose to Gold in the Lindsay Frolic.

Empire Builder, Musical Flair, and Bellefire, the first three finishers in last month’s 7 1/2-furlong Naked Greed, will have another go at one another in the 1 1/16-mile Needles.

Empire Builder jumped to the head of the local 3-year-old division earlier this summer with main track wins in the Mambo Meister and American Dreamer before showing his versatility by switching back to grass to register a two-length win in the Naked Greed.

Musical Flair has chased Empire Builder to no avail in each of their last three meetings but did edge a little closer to that nemesis when second best in the Naked Greed.

Bellefire continues to improve from a Beyer Speed Figure standpoint and tuned up for the Needles with a sharp five-furlong work in 59.77 seconds over the main track here Sunday.

The improving Awesome Belle, upset winner of the Three Ring and Crystal Rail stakes in her last two starts, breaks from the rail and this time will likely be favored to make it three straight with a victory in the 1 1/16-mile Judy’s Red Shoes. Frolic’s Revenge, second in the Three Ring at odds of 2-5 and fifth in the Crystal Rail as the 1-2 favorite, will add blinkers and switch to jockey Juan Leyva in hopes of resurrecting the form that led her to three straight stakes tallies of her own earlier this season.