05/12/2012 5:29PM

Calder: Gold, Brei sweep stakes with Fort Loudon and Redbud Road


MIAMI - Trainer Stanley Gold picked right up where he left off last summer and fall at Calder in the Florida Stallion Stakes, sweeping Saturday’s In Summation and French Village stakes with Fort Loudon and Redbud Road.

Fort Loudon swept all three legs of the open division of the 2011 Florida Stallion Series for 2-year-olds while Redbud Road won the Desert Vixen and was beaten a nose in the Susan’s Girl for 2-year-old fillies.

On Saturday, Fort Loudon, making his first start since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, rallied from mid-pack over a speed -avoring course to run down pacesetter Hello Prince and register a two-length triumph in the $75,000 In Summation. Angel of Distinction finished more than eight lengths further back in third.

The victory was the first for Fort Loudon since he completed his sweep of the Stallion Stakes with an easy victory in the 1 1/16-mile In Reality seven months earlier.

Fort Loudon completed six furlongs in 1:10.51 seconds over a fast track under regular rider Luis Jurado and paid $2.80.

“It’s a validation for both me and for the horse,” said Gold. “To be able to show that something you could accomplish as a 2-year-old, you are still capable of getting done as a 3-year-old.”

Redbud Road, idle since finishing a distant third in the 1 1/16- mile My Dear Girl on Oct. 15, stalked the pace of stablemate Awesome Belle, vied for command with the 5-2 co-favorite Citizen’s Advocate around the turn, edged clear near midstretch, then withstood Miss Quisqueya to prevail by three-quarters of a length in the $75,000 French Village. 

Like Fort Loudon, Redbud Road is a homebred owned by Fred Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm.

Redbud Road was ridden to victory by Luis Saez. He returned $9.60 after covering six furlongs in 1:11.29.

*Champali ($53.60) outlasted the 21-1 Determinato by a half-length to upset the $55,000 Champali Stakes. Western Prospector, the 4-5 favorite, was never a serious factor, rallying belatedly to finish third.  Orlando Bocachica rode Uno Caliente for trainer Mickey Kroger.