06/28/2012 2:51PM

Calder: Gomez, J J’sdream give juveniles a chance to shine


MIAMI – Awesome Feather, Jackson Bend, and Trinniberg are the latest in a long list of nationally renowned horses who began their careers as 2-year-olds at Calder.

On Saturday, 18 juveniles will take their first major step towards what they hope may eventually be similar success when they start in the first 2-year-old stakes of the local season, the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial and its filly counterpart, the $100,000 J J’sdream. Both races will be decided at 5 1/2 furlongs and highlight an outstanding card that also features the $55,000 American Dreamer for 3-year-olds at a mile.

The Frank Gomez is named after one of Calder’s all-time leading trainers and the man who developed such outstanding 2-year-olds as Princess Rooney, Smile, and Cherokee Run, all of whom left the local area to ultimately become champions on the national stage. The Gomez drew a field of nine colts and geldings led by uncoupled stablemates Two T’s At Two B and Dan the Irishman, a pair of Gil Campbell homebreds trained by Kathleen O’Connell.

Two T’s At Two B, a son of Untuttable, won his only start by 7 1/4 widening lengths going five furlongs over a sloppy track on May 19, earning a 73 Beyer Speed Figure in the process. Dan the Irishman, by Act of Duty, was equally impressive when debuting two weeks earlier at 4 1/2 furlongs, drawing out to win by 5 1/4 lengths while receiving a 67 Beyer Speed Figure for his effort.

Sr. Quisqueyano owns the highest Beyer in the field, a 76 he picked up after winning his lone outing by 2 3/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite in the meet’s first baby race on April 22.

Two T’s At Two B, Dan the Irishman and Sr. Quisqueyano all won at the direct expense of the same rival, Dighton, who still remains a maiden after four starts.

Trainer David Fawkes will send out the first time starter Capital City against winners in the Gomez. Capital City, a son of City Place, is a half brother to three multiple winners and has trained forwardly for his debut.

“I won this race with a maiden, Little Drama, a couple of years ag,o although he had run once prior to that race,” said Fawkes. “And I think this horse is definitely the more talented of the two.”

My Daddy’s Dollars will also enter the Gomez undefeated after turning in a game effort to graduate at first asking two weeks ago.

There are no fewer than six undefeated fillies among the nine 2-year-olds entered for the J J’sdream, a group led by Impossible Mary and I Ain’t Gonna Lie.

Impossible Mary was an easy and very impressive 9 3/4-length winner of her debut. The daughter of Montbrook led throughout and is the only member of the field with a victory at 5 1/2 furlongs. Trainer by Luis Olivares, Impossible Mary indicated her readiness for her stakes debut when she worked an impressive half mile in 48.22 seconds over a wet track last weekend.

I Ain’t Gonnna Lie also led at every call en route to a four-length debut win on May 19. Her final time of 59.40 seconds for five furlongs was two ticks faster than Two T’s At Two B covered the same distance about 90 minutes earlier, although her Beyer of 69 was four points lower.

Anita Comprise gave trainer Barry Rose his only victory in 2012, an easy 4 3/4-length triumph on May 5. She came back and flashed big speed working in 48 and change from the gate last Saturday.

Pompous Miss, Salamera, and Yes I’m Sweet will also put unblemished records on the line in the J J’sdream.

Ravelo’s Boy, in action for the first time since finishing ninth in the Belmont Stakes, and the steadily improving Empire Builder are the ones to beat in the American Dreamer.

Ravelo’s Boy, a troubled fourth in the Grade 3 Sam Davis earlier this winter at Tampa Bay Downs, was making his first start in the Belmont since finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby three months earlier.

Empire Builder opened a long lead in early stretch then held on for a half-length decision over the odds-on favorite Csaba in the Mambo Meister Stakes here five weeks ago. Empire Builder was also stakes placed on the turf this winter at Gulfstream Park.

◗ Trainer Bill Kaplan worked two of his three Summit of Speed hopefuls, Another Romance and Wild Bout Tiffany, at Calder on Thursday. Another Romance went five furlongs in 1:02.65 in preparation for the Grade 3 Azalea, while Wild Bout Tiffany covered the same distance in a much more impressive 1:00.89 as her final prep for the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap in which she’ll be joined by her Eclipse Award winning stable mate Musical Romance.