09/19/2012 4:17PM

Calder notes: Salamera shipping west for Chandelier

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After winning the J J'sdream Stakes, Salamera will be pointed toward the Grade 1 Chandelier at Santa Anita.

MIAMI – Trainer Rodolfo Garcia could have opted to keep his Grade 2-placed Salamera home for what would have been a much-anticipated matchup with the undefeated and untested Rose to Gold in last Saturday’s Brave Raj Stakes. Instead, Garcia decided to skip that spot to ship Salamera to Santa Anita for the Grade 1 Chandelier a week from Saturday.

Salamera won her first two starts, including the J J’sdream Stakes at Calder, before shipping to Saratoga, where she finished second behind the odds-on Kauai Katie in the 6 1/2-furlong Adirondack on Aug. 12. Garcia said the main goal for Salamera is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, which, like the Chandelier, will be run at Santa Anita.

“When we brought her back from Saratoga, we were looking at either the Brave Raj or going for this race at Santa Anita, since she’s not eligible for the Florida Stallion Stakes,” explained Garcia. “And since we’re aiming at the Breeders’ Cup, I figured we might as well let her get a run over the track, see how she handles it, and if she goes well then we can just leave her there for the whole month.”

Salamera is a Florida-bred daughter of Successful Appeal owned by the Tanourin Stable. She has worked just twice since the Adirondack, the most recent of those breezes coming here Monday when she went five furlongs in 1:00.80 over a fast track.

“We took her to Saratoga for the Adirondack because we figured if she was going to run in the Breeders’ Cup she needed to get some points in graded stakes,” Garcia said. “The other option was to bring her up there again at the end of the meet. But I didn’t want to run her back that quickly or ship her that far in this heat. By running her in the Chandelier it will give us a better idea what we’re facing with her, how she handles two turns, and if she belongs against that type of company.”

Garcia said he is very confident Salamera will handle the added distance of the 1 1/16-mile Chandelier.

“Anybody who watched her gallop out after the Adirondack could see she just wanted to keep on going, and everything I’ve asked her to do in the morning suggests she won’t have a problem with the extra ground,” Garcia said.

Salamera will have one more local work, either Sunday or Monday, before boarding a plane Tuesday for California, where Garcia will be waiting to meet her.

“She’s a May foal, and you can really see the maturity in her the last couple of months,” Garcia said. “The weather is cooler and less humid out there, so that should help her. I’m not sure whether she will win the Chandelier, but I’m confident she belongs and will run a good race.”

Garcia said that Angel Castillo, who has ridden Salamera in her last two starts, will be aboard again in the Chandelier.

Plesa targets pair of juvenile stakes

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. shipped Itsmyluckyday down from Monmouth Park to upset the previously undefeated Sr. Quisqueyano in Saturday’s $100,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes, and he will bring back two more of his top 2-year-olds for upcoming stakes engagements.

Plesa said he has already shipped Brave Dave back to Calder for the six-furlong Birdonthewire Stakes a week from Saturday. Brave Dave won his maiden here making his career debut June 30 and won Monmouth’s Grade 3 Sapling in his last start. Plesa also plans to run Speak Logistics in the In Reality Stakes on the Oct. 13 Festival of the Sun program. Speak Logistics was a 5 3/4-length maiden special weight winner going a mile at Monmouth in his last start.

◗ Jockey Juan Leyva will be in New York on Saturday to ride reigning female sprint champion Musical Romance in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom, and he warmed up for the assignment by booting home three winners here Sunday. The previous afternoon, Leyva guided Mucho Mas Mucho to a last-to-first victory in the $75,000 Needles Stakes for trainer Henry Collazo.