07/04/2012 5:01PM

Calder notes: Wolfson sending six in Princess Rooney

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Tom Keyser
Golden Mystery has rejoined the Marty Wolfson barn.

MIAMI – There will be 11 betting interests in Saturday’s Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap, six of whom are stablemates from the barn of trainer Marty Wolfson. And as of Wednesday, Wolfson said he intended to run his entire six-pack.

Running six horses in one race is unprecedented even for Wolfson, who did start five fillies in the 2010 U Can Do It Handicap and four in last year’s Princess Rooney. Indulgence, who rallied from near the rear of the field to finish third behind Sassy Image and Musical Romance in the 2011 Princess Rooney, is the only member of that quartet who will be back to try again on Saturday.

Three of Wolfson’s six hopefuls in the Princess Rooney – Golden Mystery, her half-sister Beloveda, and Spectacular Sky – are owned by his principal client, Myron Miller’s Farnsworth Stables LLC. Farnsworth has scoured the country over the past several years claiming or privately purchasing fillies and mares to race and then ultimately breed at its farm in Ocala, Fla.

“Golden Mystery just got here a couple of days ago,” said Wolfson, who has won the Princess Rooney three times, most recently with Jessica Is Back in 2010. “I wanted to bring her down for the race, and I want her on the lead.”

Golden Mystery was transferred from Wolfson to Juan Carlos Guerrero last summer and then ultimately to Anthony Dutrow, for whom she has started four times this season. Golden Mystery set the early pace before tiring badly to finish seventh in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Beloveda has won 4 of 7 starts this year, three of those victories coming against overmatched starter allowance competition. Her best performance in 2012 came at Gulfstream Park on March 31 when she finished a distant second behind the odds-on Awesome Maria in the Grade 3 Rampart.

“We bought Beloveda from Tom Amoss because she was a sister to Golden Mystery,” said Wolfson.

Spectacular Sky will be making his first start since being purchased privately by Farnsworth following her third-place finish in an overnight stakes at Hollywood Park on June 1.

"She’s run 55 and change and 1:07 for five and six furlongs,” said Wolfson. “But her best races come when she stalks the pace so hopefully she’ll sit behind Golden Mystery.”

Wolfson said that of his six starters on Saturday, he likes Nakano the best. Nakano, a daughter of First Samurai, has started twice since being transferred to Wolfson’s barn this season, dominating first-level allowance rivals in her local debut before returning to finish second in the Cool Air.

“She really ran well in her last race, and I think she’s going to continue to improve,” said Wolfson.

Leopard Rock and Indulgence, third and fourth in the Cool Air, round out the team for Wolfso, who will have his hands full simply saddling all six horses and giving instructions to six different riders in the paddock before the race.

“The only instructions I’ll have is for Golden Mystery to go to the lead and for the other riders to make sure they don’t bother any of our other horses,” Wolfson said with a smile. “I wouldn’t be running six if it wasn’t a Grade 1, but I think the race has come up pretty light this year except for Musical Romance. We’ve tripled the values of almost every mare we’ve gotten for Farnsworth, and now we’re looking to do the same with some of these others. That’s the main goal on Saturday.”

Wolfson, who has been a dominant force locally for decades, was allotted only 20 stalls this season by Calder management, forcing him to send a large contingent of his horses north for the summer. He said Dutrow has 15 of those horses and Wayne Catalano another three at Arlington Park.

“When management took away some of my stalls I lost some really good horses,” said Wolfson. “And they lost some really good horses that could have been running around here this summer instead of out of town.”

Peb Hughes gets fresh start

Peb Hughes will make his first start since being purchased privately by his current owner, JMJ Racing Stables LLC, in Saturday’s Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap. Peb Hughes posted a career-best 100 Beyer Speed Figure winning a $16,000 optional claiming race on June 14 after which he was sold by his previous owners, Mary Adkins and Robert G. Smith, to JMJ Racing. Smith had also trained Peb Hughes, who will be saddled for the first time by Joe Catanese in the Smile.