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Calder: Juvenile Showcase has prime attraction in Two T’s At Two B
By Mike Welsch
Two T’s At Two B, unbeaten and virtually untested in three career starts, will be the star of the show on Saturday’s Juvenile Showcase card at Calder.
Two T’s At Two B will be heavily favored to extend his winning streak in the $125,000 Affirmed, middle leg of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. The seven-furlong Affirmed and its filly counterpart, the $125,000 Susan’s Girl are two of the 12 races, all for 2-year-olds, on Saturday’s program.
Two T’s At Two B, a homebred son of Untuttable owned by Gil Campbell and trained by Kathleen O’Connell, has captured his first three starts by an average margin of better than five lengths. Two of those victories have been in stakes, the Frank Gomez by 5 1/4 lengths on June 30 and the six-furlong Dr. Fager, the opening leg of the Stallion Stakes, by 3 3/4 lengths on July 28.
“He is doing super, and I’m not concerned about the extra distance,” said O’Connell. “He just seems like a special horse, he’s done everything right. I don’t think we have to be on the lead, either. You know me, if I’m on the lead it’s by accident. And he does have the outside post, so hopefully we’ll be able to stalk. At some point in time, they all need to learn to do it.”
As was the case in the Dr. Fager, Two T’s At Two B should face his stiffest challenge from Dixie High, a son of High Cotton, who finished second in the Dr. Fager after breaking slowly. Dixie High survived an early pace battle before edging away to an easy 3 3/4-length victory in his only previous start.
Billos Boy and Joshua’s Comprise finished third and fourth, respectively, in the Dr. Fager while never seriously threatening the winner but will try their luck again in the Affirmed. Joshua’s Comprise remains a maiden after eight starts.
D’nied Permission, who earned his diploma under a $32,000 claiming tag, plus maidens G.T. Tabu and L’s Ticket to Ride complete the field.
◗ Candy Coded Kisses, a former claimer, dominated the six-furlong Desert Vixen Stakes of the Florida Stallion Stakes by four lengths and will be favored along with recent allowance winner Jewel in the Sky when they stretch out another eighth of a mile for the Susan’s Girl. Trained by owner Easton De Souza, Candy Coded Kisses was beaten under a $25,000 claiming tag when she launched her career earlier this summer, then earned her diploma for twice that price against males before upsetting the Desert Vixen at 24-1 four weeks ago.
Jewel in the Sky dominated entry-level allowance competition by nearly seven widening lengths when she stretched out to six furlongs for the first time on Aug. 12. She earned an 80 Beyer Speed Figure in the process, easily the best of any member of the Susan’s Girl field. Jewel in the Sky was claimed by trainer Marty Wolfson for his principal owner, Miller Racing, for $40,000 on June 9.
Putyourdreamsaway and So Blessed, the second- and third-place finishers in the Desert Vixen, Iwillneversaynever, Heressofthecrown, Anita’s Comprise, Capriccio Blue, and Nasty Cat complete the starting lineup.
The Affirmed and Susan’s Girl are two of the six stakes on the Juvenile Showcase card.
◗ The $75,000 Seacliff may actually feature a stronger field than either of the Stallion Stakes, with Singanothersong, Sr. Quisqueyano, and Itsmyluckyday squaring off at a mile.
Singanothersong is coming off an easy 6 1/2-length maiden win going six furlongs on July 22. Sr. Quisqueyano is perfect in two starts, including a 12-length allowance win on Aug. 11. Itsmyluckyday ships down from Monmouth where he finished third, beaten less than a length, in the grassy Tyro three weeks earlier.
◗ In sharp contrast to the Seacliff, the $75,000 Lindsay Frolic attracted a very weak field of eight juvenile fillies that includes seven maidens and Street Magic whose lone victory came four months ago going 4 1/2 furlongs.
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