07/07/2010 11:00PM

Calder roundup



Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, who set a Tropical at Calder record with 110 victories while riding with an apprentice weight allowance in 2006-07, has shipped back to town on several occasions and had considerable success at this meet. Riding primarily for trainer Marty Wolfson, Bridgmohan has four wins and has not finished worse than third in seven stakes during his local visits. His latest triumph came aboard Dash Dot Dash in the Emergency Nurse Stakes on July 3. Wolfson will bring Bridgmohan back for the Summit of Speed on Saturday, when he will ride Coffee Boy in the Grade 2 Carry Back and First Passage in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap.

Steve Dwoskin joined the logjam atop the trainer standings by sending out four winners last week. He had three winners Friday, including a pair of victories on the grass. The hot streak also vaulted Dwoskin into a commanding lead in defense of his leading owner title.

Old pros Magic Mecke and Americanrevolution are on a roll. Magic Mecke, a 10-year-old homebred trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., won his second straight under mid-priced optional claiming and allowance conditions. Americanrevolution posted his third victory in four weeks when he stretched to a mile and dominated starter allowance company Monday, July 5. A 7-year-old, Americanrevolution is owned by his breeder, Donald Dizney, and has won 3 of 5 starts since returning to his favorite trainer, Bill White.


Thursday, July 1: Fast and firm, with front-runners having a rough time on the main track following Kip the Tiger's popular win in the opener. Pace-stalkers racing away from the rail dominated the remaining five dirt races, although pacesetter Kali's Halo looked like she was going to hold on before banging the inner rail in late stretch in her debut.

Friday, July 2: Fast and firm ,with the rail out 15 feet on the turf course. Pretty much a mixed bag of speed and stalkers over a fast main track, which was sealed for the finale following a late-afternoon shower. The turf course is showing no particular bias these days, even in five-furlong sprints.

Saturday, July 3: Overnight rains killed off the afternoon's five scheduled grass races, and another shower after the second race produced a wet-fast and sealed racetrack that proved to be one of the most speed-biased strips of the meet. Each of the first nine winners on the card was either in front or no more than a head off the lead at the quarter pole. Only Bond Baroness in the 10th race beat the bias, winning from off the pace in a race that collapsed through the final furlong.

Sunday, July 4: No turf again after a torrential downpour struck just before the fourth race, turning what was a fast main track at the start of the day into a sloppy mess. The majority of races were won from on or just off the front, with no real bias inside or out.

Monday, July 5: More rain changed a main track that began good and sealed to sloppy and sealed after the third race. No grass racing again. Despite the wet track, closers were better than expected, winning three of the last four races after speed dominated the early portion of the card.


Three overnight stakes were decided last weekend, all featuring short, scratched-reduced fields of five or six horses.

Dash Dot Dash dominated her four rivals in the $55,000 Emergency Nurse on Saturday, July 3, leading throughout before cruising to a 6 1/4-length victory for Bridgmohan and Wolfson. It will be interesting to see how she fares against some real competition later this summer.

The following afternoon, Wingedlie benefited from a suicidal speed battle between the 4-5 Cinnamon Road and longshot Barry's Money to capture the $55,000 Finallymadeit Stakes, which was decided over a sealed and sloppy racetrack. Luis Jurado rode Wingedlie for trainer Javier Negrette.

The outlook for Monday's $55,000 Donthelumbertrader changed when the race was switched from the turf to a sloppy and sealed main track. The improving El Kingdom benefited the most from the change in venue and won his second straight for Plesa. Both victories have come on wet tracks.


Those who backed first-time starter Kali's Halo at a juicy 14-1 in the fifth race Thursday, July 1, suffered perhaps the bad beat of the meet. Despite a series of slow workouts, Kali's Halo quickly opened a clear lead on a horrific field of bottom-level maiden claimers and appeared home free, still three lengths to the good leaving the eighth pole. But disaster struck shortly thereafter, when jockey Cecilio Penalba whacked Kali's Halo right-handed and drove her solidly into the inside rail just inside the sixteenth pole. Kali's Halo lost her momentum, and her rider lost both his irons as a result of the impact, although to his credit, Penalba never stopped riding his mount. By that time, however, the damage had been done. Destiny Joy made the most of the opportunity, finishing a neck in front of Kali's Halo, who appeared to come away from the incident none the worse for wear.


Some relevant workouts for Saturday's Summit of Speed card.

First race

It's A Wild Season: Her last work was her best yet, an easy half-mile from the gate in 50 and change.

My Precious Baby: Finished midpack in a set of five from the gate Saturday, July 3, while tiring late under pressure. Her previous gate work was a bit better.

Juliet Dear: Flashed nice early speed, galloped out a half in company in 49.80 on Sunday, July 4, capping off a series of promising morning trials since arriving locally.

Sofi Ana: Finished last of five in her lone published gate work last month but has since turned in a couple of strong pole moves.

Pretty Tune: Best of a set of five from the gate July 2, but he was under pressure to finish five-eighths in 1:04.

Third race

Gourmet Dinner: Finished with some interest, galloped out nicely in his June 17 pole work.

This Saint Over: Hard to recommend off his slow five-eighths gate work in 1:05 and change June 29.

Private Person: He was the workmate of Juliet Dear from the gate July 4 and matched that one stride for stride in 35 and change before galloping out in a shade under 50.

Exley: Easily outdistanced a set of five from the gate July 1, getting his opening three-eighths in 35.61 before tiring some under pressure at the end. That work came on the heels of a bullet pole move 10 days earlier, when he also shaded 36 for the first three-eighths.

Conway Hillbilly: Showed some speed and galloped out in 1:02 and change from the gate June 20.

Mucho Macho Man: Capped a series of three nice gate works with a 49.03 half-mile Sunday, July 4, before galloping out five-eighths in 1:02.80.

Sixth race

Awesome Feather: Couldn't be training better since his huge debut win May 1.

10th race

Mambo Meister: Might be a sleeper turning back to a sprint after going a blistering three furlongs in hand in 34.01 and galloping out a half-mile around the turn in 46.66 seconds while well off the rail June 28.

11th race

Saintly Rose: Looks totally overmatched on paper, and the rail draw is no bargain, but her half-mile drill Monday, July 5, was a corker. She flew home her final quarter in 23.18 and galloped out another eighth-mile to the seven-furlong pole in 12.32.


Swift Warrior

Trainer: Steve Dwoskin

Last race: July 3, 3rd

Finish: 3rd by 1 1/2

Late-running young colt's style and breeding begs for more distance. Look for him to turn the tables on some of the ones who have outsprinted him when they start stretching the 2-year-old races out a little farther.

Dixie Slam

Trainer: Anthony Cioffi

Last race: July 3rd, 8th

Finish: 3rd by 9 1/4

Had to slam on the brakes when put in tight quarters along the rail while within easy striking distance of the leaders and had little chance to recover competing over a speed-biased racetrack.

Surprise Kiss

Trainer: Manuel Azpurua

Last race: July 4th, 5th

Finish: 2nd by 3/4

Has been knocking on the door of late and should have broken through but for an unlucky trip over a very wet racetrack. Trouble began right off the bat when she broke slowly from the rail and continued when apprentice Jose Alvarez rushed her into trouble and steadied sharply on the far turn. Game filly did her best once recovered, easing outside to be gaining steadily on the winner at the end.

Cordial Dinner

Trainer: David Fawkes

Last race: July 5th, 1st

Finish: 2nd by neck

Well-meant first-time starter was best but for a horrid trip that began when he broke slowly and then was rushed up into trouble along the inside by 10-pound apprentice Jose Alvarez. To his credit, he recovered to ease outside and draw well clear before failing to last when repeatedly trying to lug in from right-handed pressure through the stretch.