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Calder notes: Saez shifting tack to New York after Gulfstream meet
By Mike Welsch
MIAMI – Luis Saez, who won five races on Friday’s card and has dominated the local riding standings for the past three years, is planning on leaving south Florida at the conclusion of the 2013 Gulfstream Park meet to try his luck in New York next spring.
Gil Graell, the godfather of the Calder jockey agent colony, has handled Saez’s book for the past several years. He said he will be turning Saez’s engagements over to fellow agent Richard DePass when Gulfstream opens on Dec. 1.
“Luis wants to try his luck in New York and see how he does,” said Graell. “If things don’t work out right away, he can always come back to Calder. I’ll be helping Luis and Richard out trying to pick up mounts for them over here during Gulfstream. The same will be true for whatever other rider Richard picks up for the winter.”
DePass said Friday that his current client Rajiv Maragh will not be returning to Gulfstream this winter.
Saez has won the last three Calder riding titles and is well on his way to successfully defending his 2011 Tropical crown, having a comfortable advantage over apprentice Hugo Sanchez while winning at better than a 30 percent rate during the first six weeks of the meet. Saez is on a pace that could have him eclipse the Tropical win mark of 110 set by apprentice Jermaine Bridgmohan during the 2006-07 session.
Trinniberg has final local BC work
Trinniberg, one of two Calder-based horses scheduled to compete in this year’s Breeders’ Cup along with Musical Romance, turned in his final local workout on Thursday, going a half-mile in 47.90 seconds with Saez aboard. Trinniberg completed his final quarter in 23.84 under steady urging before galloping out five-eighths in 1:01.56.
A multiple graded stakes winner, Trinniberg was scheduled to leave here late Saturday and have his last two works for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. Although Saez breezed Trinniberg on Wednesday, trainer Shivananda Parbhoo said regular rider Willie Martinez will again be aboard Trinniberg in the Sprint.
Silver Day goes long again
Silver Day, an impressive eight-length winner when stretching out to a mile for the first time on Sept. 22, will likely be favored in Sunday’s $30,000 main event, a first-level allowance race for 2-year-olds at a mile on the turf.
Silver Day is a son of Silver Train and a half-brother to four-time grass winner Hurricane Day (by Stormy Atlantic). He is trained by Bill Kaplan, who owns Silver Day with the Pinnacle Racing Stable.
Silver Day could receive his stiffest tests from Kanturk Kid and Saturday Special.
Kanturk Kid also won his diploma going a mile over a sloppy main track. He should handle the grass considering that he is out of the Cozzene mare Cozzene Again and a half-brother to a pair of turf winners.
Saturday Special has been overmatched against stakes competition in his last two starts since winning his maiden by nine widening lengths going seven furlongs in late July.
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