10/11/2012 2:08PM

Calder: Kaplan sends favored Putyourdreamsaway in My Dear Girl, longshot Uptown Anthem in In Reality

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Putyourdreamsaway wins the Susan's Girl by 7 1/2 lengths.

MIAMI – Trainer Bill Kaplan will have bigger fish to fry when he brings Musical Romance to Santa Anita in several weeks to defend her title in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. But before heading west, Kaplan will attempt to pick up a little shipping money when he sends out favored Putyourdreamsaway along with Putitinmypocket in Saturday’s $300,000 My Dear Girl Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and outsider Uptown Anthem about an hour later in the $300,000 In Reality for 2-year-olds.

The 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl and In Reality, final legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes, highlight Saturday’s Festival of the Sun program at Calder. The 12-race card also includes the Grade 3 Spend a Buck Handicap and the Tropical Park Derby and its filly counterpart, the Frances A. Genter Stakes.

Putyourdreamsaway has not started since posting a 7 1/2-length victory in the middle leg of the filly division of the series, the seven-furlong Susan’s Girl Stakes on Aug. 25. Kaplan had planned on stretching Putyourdreamsaway around two turns for the first time as a prep for the My Dear Girl in the one-mile Brave Raj three weeks later but was forced to pass after she contracted a cough just days before the race.

“I’d have preferred to have given her a race around two turns, but I don’t think she’ll have a problem getting the distance and she’s doing very well at the moment,” said Kaplan.

Kaplan said that winning a Stallion Stakes race is important to any horseman who calls Calder home.

“The Stallion races, especially the finales, can be career makers for these horses down here,” said Kaplan who swept the open division of the series with Seacliff in 1995. “A local horse has to win 10 allowance races to make the kind of money he can by winning the My Dear Girl or In Reality, and it’s the only opportunity these horses ever have to compete for that type money in a restricted race.”

Kaplan’s competition in the My Dear Girl includes Candy Coded Kisses, who upset the opening leg of the series, the six-furlong Desert Vixen, at 24-1 before finishing a distant second behind Putyourdreamsaway in the Susan’s Girl.

Jewel in the Sky is the only other member of the field aside from Putyourdreamsaway and Candy Coded Kisses with more than one win although she’s coming off two subpar efforts as the favorite in both the Susan’s Girl and recent Cassidy stakes.

In the In Reality, Uptown Anthem figures to be among the outsiders in a field that includes the winners of the first two legs of the open division, Two T’s At Two B (Dr. Fager) and D’nied Permission (Affirmed).

“I believe Uptown Anthem has a little advantage over most of the horses in the field because he’s one of only a few in the field who have been around two turns and handled it well,” said Kaplan referring to Uptown Anthem’s 3 3/4-length maiden win at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 16.

Two T’s at Two B was the division leader after winning his first three starts by a combined 16 lengths, including a pair of stakes. But the son of Untuttable suffered his first defeat after getting involved in a torrid speed battle with Dixie High and finishing a tiring third as the 2-5 favorite in the Affirmed.

“He got hung up in a speed duel and it cost him the race, although the fact he held on for third shows how well he ran considering the horse who dueled with him finished last,” said trainer Kathleen O’Connell. “We’ve practiced rating him in the morning, cut back the blinkers a little, and I’ve thought all along he would not have a problem going two turns.”

Joshua’s Comprise, beaten a neck in the Affirmed, proved his ability to handle two turns when in his 11th try he finally earned his diploma going a mile vs. winners Sept. 30.