06/30/2012 6:50PM

Calder: O'Connell, Campbell find another good 2-year-old in Two T’s At Two B

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Two T's at Two B, ridden by Eduardo Nunez, cruises to a 5 1/4-length victory in the Frank Gomez Memorial for 2-year-olds.

MIAMI  - The team of trainer Kathleen O’Connell and owner-breeder Gil Campbell have been among the leading players in the local 2-year-old division seemingly forever. On Saturday, they added another stakes trophy to their already well-stocked mantelpieces after the homebred Two T’s At Two B cruised to an easy 5 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial at Calder.

Two T’s At Two B, a son of Untuttable, was caught widest of a four-horse battle for the early lead but left his early competition in the dust by the time the field reached the quarter pole in the 5 1/2-furlong Gomez. Into the stretch, the battle was for second money as jockey Eduardo Nunez began throttling down on the winner during the closing stages of the race with the issue no longer in doubt.

Joshua’s Comprise took advantage of the torrid pace scenario, rallying from far back to finish second, 1 1/2 lengths  in front of Billos Boy, who was among the early leaders along with the well-backed first-time starter Capital City. 

Two T’s At Two B, who is now unbeaten and untested in two starts, paid $5.80. He completed the distance in 1:06.56  over a fast track.

“I think he’ll go further. I think he’ll go a route of ground although you never know until you try it,” said O’Connell. “He’s been a wonderful horse.  He’s got a good mind.  Everything’s there. He’s the complete package.  For a big horse he’s always shown a lot of athletic ability. He still needs some seasoning mentally and 5 1/2 is very tough on a horse like him because he’s so big. I’ll be happier when we get to go a bit further.”

O’Connell said Two T’s At Two B will be pointed for the first leg of the Florida Stallion Series, the $75,000 Dr. Fager, on July 28.

Salamera was equally impressive while also remaining undefeated in two starts with a game neck decision over the 4-5 Impossible Mary in the $100,000 J J’sdream Stakes. 

Salamera, a daughter of Successful Appeal owned by Tanourin Stable, rated off the early pace, ran down Impossible Mary near midstretch, and then maintained a narrow advantage in what amounted to a two-filly race.

Impossible Mary, an easy winner of her only previous start, responded gamely when headed by the winner at midstretch but was not quite good enough. Anita’s Comprise rallied to finish six lengths farther back in third.

Angel Castillo rode Salamera to victory for trainer Rodolfo Garcia. The winner paid $8.80 as the second choice and completed 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.70, nearly a full second faster than males covered the distance in the Gomez.

“She’s done everything right.  What can I tell you?,” said Garcia. “She really wants to go longer.  We’ll have to look at our options since she’s not eligible for the Stallion Stakes but she’s a May foal. Physically she still has to develop, and I’m going to give her time to regroup and take it very easy with her for now.”

Empire Builder ($4.80) moved to the top of the local 3-year-old division after rallying to an easy 4 3/4-length victory over Ravelo’s Boy in the $55,000 American Dreamer Stakes. Two Is to Many was third. 

Apprentice Jonathan Gonzales rode Empire Builder, a son of Kitten’s Joy, to victory for trainer Luis Duco.