10/15/2011 6:05PM

Calder: Fort Loudon completes third straight Florida Stallion Stakes sweep for Gold

Jim Lisa
Fort Loudon provides jockey Luis Jurado with one of his two stakes wins on Saturday's card at Calder.

MIAMI -   Stanley Gold achieved  arguably the most remarkable training feat in the 40-year history of Calder Race Course when he completed a sweep of the Florida Stallion Stakes for the third straight season, thanks to Fort Loudon’s 2 1/2-length victory over longshot Twin in Saturday’s $300,000 In Reality Stakes

Thirty minutes earlier, Gold also won the $300,000 My Dear Girl division with Awesome Belle giving him and owner-breeder Fred Brei five of the six legs of this year’s Stallion series, their lone loss coming by a nose in the seven-furlong Susan’s Girl.

Fort Loudon followed in the footsteps of last year’s Eclipse Award winner Awesome Feather, who swept the filly division of the Florida Stallion Stakes as a prelude to her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, and Jackson Bend, who captured all three legs of the open division in 2009.

“That was icing on the cake,” Gold said following Fort Loudon’s victory. “You have to be very fortunate and have good horses but you just can’t ever imagine something like this could happen.”

Even Gold admitted to being surprised when Fort Loudon, who overcome trouble to win both the six-furlong Dr. Fager and seven-furlong Affirmed earlier this summer, dragged jockey Luis Jurado right out of the gate to prompt the pace of Sarava’s Dancer, who was also well in hand under Cornelio Velasquez. Sarava’s Dancer set slow fractions, - 25.02 seconds for the quarter and 50.61 for the half - but despite the soft pace the two leaders separated themselves by nearly 10  lengths from the rest of the field.

Fort Loudon ($6) moved up on even terms with Sarava’s Dancer around the second turn, held a short advantage leaving the quarter pole, and then gradually edged clear through the final furlong. Twin, at 51-1 far and away the longest price in the field, raced nearest the top pair from the outset and finished willingly to be second, another head in front of the tiring Sarava’s Dancer.

Burning Time, the 2-1 co-favorite along with the winner, broke poorly, dropped well off the slow pace, raced five wide into the stretch, and was never a factor.                                    

Fort Loudon’s final time of 1:48.29 for 1 1/16 miles was .83 of a  second slower than his stablemate Awesome Belle covered the same distance winning the My Dear Girl. Both horses were ridden to victory for Gold by Jurado.

“I never expected him to pull Luis to the lead, we never planned it that way,” said Gold. “But winning this race in the manner he did was exactly what I thought he could do.”

Awesome Belle ($8.80) had a much easier time in the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl, especially after jockey Orlando Bocachica dragged Sinister Brew  back, allowing Awesome Belle to gain an easy lead around the clubhouse turn.

Awesome Belle, who was wearing blinkers for the first time in the My Dear Girl, cruised along through slow fractions of 25.05 and 49.97 for the opening half,  then accelerated away from the field to win by 7 1/2 lengths after covering the distance in 1:47.46. Macanuda slipped along the rail to finish second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of Awesome Belle’s stablemate Redbud Road. Queen Drama, the tepid 5-2 favorite, checked home sixth.

Brei, who also owned and bred both Awesome Feather and Jackson Bend, said if Fort  Loudon and Awesome Belle come out of their races well they will both move on  to the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs in three weeks.