05/15/2012 2:08PM

Calder: Sano hopes young horses develop quickly


After dominating the trainer standings during the 2011 Calder meet and following up by also taking the Tropical at Calder title in just his second full season locally, Antonio Sano is off to a slow start thus far this spring. Five weeks into the new session, Sano, 49, a native of Venezuela, is tied for sixth in the standings with just 6 wins from 61 starters but still remains within easy striking distance of the leader, Giuseppe Iadisernia (11 winners), with obviously plenty of time left to defend his crown with the meet not ending until Aug. 31.

Sano moved his family and his entire operation to south Florida near the end of 2009. He cracked the top 10 with 22 winners during the 2010 Calder meet and finished fifth behind another new face on the local scene, Bisnath Parboo, later that year at the Tropical session.

Sano, a third generation horseman, began his career in Venezuela in May 1988 after spending four years attending a school for trainers that not only taught horsemanship but all other aspects of the business. Over the next 21 years, Sano said he shattered all records in South America for victories and monies won, amassing more than 3,000 wins before deciding to seek out new challenges in the U.S. One goal was to win a training title.

“I came to this country three or four times just to visit,” said Sano. “Finally I decided to move here with my wife and three children and see if I could have similar success in North America. Winning a training title was one of my goals and I am proud to have been able to accomplish that not once but twice last year.”

Sano, who registered his most important victory since coming to the states last summer when he sent out Devilish Lady to upset the Grade 3 Azalea, cited the fact he has so many young horses in his barn as the major reason for his slow start at this meet.

“I have a lot of 2-year-olds and whether I can defend my title will probably depend on just how quickly those young horses come around during the summer,” said Sano.

Beloveda lands in good spot

Talk about putting a horse in a good spot, how about the job trainer Marty Wolfson did picking out a race for Beloveda on Thursday?

Beloveda, a 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, finished second behind the odds-on Awesome Maria in Gulfstream Park’s Grade 3 Rampart on March 31. On Thursaday, she will take on six rivals in a starter allowance race for fillies and mares which have run for a claiming tag of $10,000 or less in 2011-2012.

Beloveda ran and won for $10,000 last summer at Arlington Park. That was the first in a string of six victories in seven starts for Beloveda, who was purchased privately by Farnsworth Stables LLC and turned over to Wolfson at the end of her 3-year-old campaign. She captured each of her first two starts to open the year, including a $16,000 starter allowance at Gulfstream Park by 8 1/4 lengths as a 2-5 favorite on Feb. 26.