07/07/2012 5:32PM

Calder: Fort Loudon gets the best of Trinniberg in Carry Back

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Fort Loudon, with Fernando Jara riding, wins the Carry Back.

MIAMI - Five 3-year-olds went to the post for Saturday’s $150,000 Carry Back, but the Grade 3 dash turned out to be one heck of a match race, with Fort Loudon ultimately proving a neck the best over the odds-on favorite, Trinniberg following a near race-long duel.

Fort Loudon, the local 2-year-old champ in 2011, stalked Trinniberg from the outset of the six-furlong Carry Back and gradually wore the 1-5 favorite down in the final furlong under strong handling by jockey Fernando Jara.

Trinniberg, who was also entered in and scratched from the Grade 2 Smile Sprint later in the card, was coming off a wire-to-wire victory in Belmont Park’s Grade 2 Woody Stephens in his previous start. He set a lively pace of 22.05 seconds and 44.71 seconds for the quarter- and half-mile, fought on gamely under regular rider Willie Martinez when headed by Fort Loudon near midstretch but was not quite good enough.

Angelofdistinction finished third, nearly 14 lengths behind Trinniberg. He was followed by Rex’s Last Tour and It Takes Heart.  Argentine Tango and Hello Prince were scratched.   
Fort Loudon, who is owned by his breeder, Fred Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm, completed six furlongs in 1:10.57 and paid $5.80. The win was his third in a row and seventh in 10 starts at Calder.

“That felt good,” said trainer Stanley Gold. “The strategy was to put pressure on [Trinniberg] right from the start, you can’t just give him an easy lead.” Jara, said Gold, “did it perfect, and it was just a case of whether we were good enough. We hooked him eyeball to eyeball and let the best horse win. Today it was us.”

Another Romance on a roll for Kaplan
Trainer Bill Kaplan, hospitalized briefly early in the day when suffering from dehydration, returned to the track in plenty of time to saddle his red hot 3-year-old filly Another Romance to a last to first, 1 3/4-length triumph over Citizen’s Advocate in the Grade 3 Azalea.

Another Romance, still a maiden on June 1, has now won three races in the span of five weeks. In the Azalea, she dropped well off the lightning-fast pace set by Exclusively Maria and stalked by Citizen’s Advocate, settled into her best stride turning for home, and readily ran down the tiring leaders in late stretch.

Citizen’s Advocate lost a big lead to Another Romance in finishing second in the Leave Me Alone four weeks earlier and did so again in the Azalea. She was eased back off the early leader leaving the backstretch, readily took command entering the stretch, the edged well clear, but for the second straight time could not contain the winner’s final surge while drifting through the final sixteenth.

Redbud Road, who sat a perfect stalking trip, lacked a final response and finished third.

Another Romance covered six furlongs in 1:12.02 under Luca Panici and returned $11.20.

Tale of a Champion still perfect on grass

Tale of a Champion remained perfect on the grass when rallying from far back to a 1.25 length victory over 48-1 Tripski in the roughly $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Stakes. Determinato finished a troubled third.

Tale of a Champion, who was entered against starter allowance company here Sunday, benefited from a fast and contentious pace, rallying to victory down the center of the track under leading rider Luis Saez. Uno Caliente, the tepid 2-1 favorite, finished fifth after steadying from tight quarters on the turn.

Tale of a Champion is trained by Chris Gatis who owns the son of Tale of the Cat in partnership with Chester Bishop. He covered five furlongs in 55.61 seconds over a firm course and returned $11.60 for his fourth victory in as many starts on turf.