08/27/2011 7:41PM

Calder: Fort Loudon heads one-two finish for stable in Affirmed

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Jim Lisa
Fort Loudon wins his second race in the Florida Stallion Stakes series by taking the Affirmed by two lengths over stablemate Argentine Tango.

Owner-breeder Fred Brei and trainer Stanley Gold kept their hopes alive of sweeping a division of Calder’s Florida Stallion Stakes for a third consecutive year after Fort Loudon added Saturday’s $125,000 Affirmed Stakes to his win three weeks earlier in the Dr. Fager Stakes. Fort Loudon will attempt to join the Jacks or Better-owned Jackson Bend and Awesome Feather on the roster of 2-year-olds who have swept a division of the Florida Stallion Stakes  with a victory in the 1 1/16-mile In Reality on Oct. 16.

Fort Loudon’s two-length triumph over stablemate Argentine Tango in the Affirmed highlighted Saturday’s Juvenile Showcase program at Calder, a 13-race card made up exclusively of races for 2-year-olds.  Brei and Gold fell inches short of having two horses going for a sweep on Oct. 16 after their Redbud Road was beaten a nose by Queen Drama earlier in the day in the $125,000 Susan’s Girl Stakes.

Fort Loudon rallied from just off the pace of Gentleman’s Code in the seven-furlong Affirmed, wresting control and edging clear despite being bumped by the tiring leader in early stretch. He then had more than enough in reserve to withstand a final surge from the slow- starting Argentine Tango, who finished another length clear of the late- running Kings Over.

Fort Loudon, a homebred son of Awesome of Course, completed the distance in 1:26.75 over a fast but very cuppy racetrack under regular rider Luis Jurado and paid $6.

In addition to the one-two finish in the Affirmed and Redbud Rose’s close loss, Awesome Belle finished third in the Susan’s Girl.

“All four horses we ran in the Stallion Stakes ran their races, so it’s sweet, but bittersweet not to win them both,” said Gold. “We’ll talk about options, but we have six weeks now to get ready for them to go two turns. You can pretty much be sure you’ll see Fort Loudon in the In Reality. With second money what it is in the In Reality, it would be all right if Argentine Tango was second again. We’ll look at the Brave Raj and Foolish Pleasure in three weeks and discuss whether we’ll have anything in those races.”

Queen Drama, who finished second , 1 1/4 lengths behind Redbud Road in the Desert Vixen three weeks ago, turned the tables on that rival but just barely when proving narrowly best after wresting control from the favorite near the sixteenth pole. Awesome Belle, who contested the pace from the deeper going near the rail, finished third.

Queen Drama ($11) is a daughter of Burning Roma and a half-sister to reigning sprint champion Big Drama.  She is owned by Harold Queen and gave Fawkes his third win on the card. Fawkes also won Saratoga’s Grade 3 Victory Ride on Saturday with Hot Summer. Daniel Centeno was aboard Queen Drama, who ran seven furlongs in 1:27.16 to earn her second win in four starts.

“She ran huge today and should move forward off this race,” said Fawkes, who watched the Susan’s Girl at Saratoga. “She’s growing and maturing with every race and I think she’ll like two turns even better than seven furlongs.”

The Affirmed and Susan’s Girl were two of six juvenile stakes decided on Saturday’s card. The other winners were  Midnight Serenade ($12.20) in the one-mile Seacliff; Musical Flair ($25.20) in the Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash; Frolic’s Revenge ($8.40) in the one-mile Lindsay Frolic and Citizen’s Advocate ($5.60) in the Catcharisingstar