06/20/2013 3:12PM

Calder: Scandalous Act tries to uphold family pride in J J'sdream

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Barbara D. Livingston
Kathleen O'Connell is hoping Scandalous Act turns out as good as her brother Two T's at Two B.

MIAMI – Scandalous Act will try to follow in the footsteps of her big brother Two T’s at Two B by winning a Calder stakes in her second start when she vies for favoritism with Kentucky invader Sweetmarys Success in Saturday’s $100,000 J J’sdream.

The 5 1/2-furlong J J’sdream will share top billing on the 11-race card with the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial, a race Two T’s at Two B won for owner-breeder Gil Campbell and trainer Kathleen O’Connell here last summer.

Scandalous Act is a Campbell homebred daughter of the mare Seductive Lady and is by Act of Duty. She won her only start, drawing away to an easy 6 1/2-length victory after contesting the early pace of a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight dash here May 18.

“She’s a lot like her older brother,” said O’Connell, who also trains Scandalous Act. “She’s very smart, very talented, and mentally very mature, which is always a plus with babies. I don’t think she’ll need the lead. She seems like she’s got a good mind, but you never know with young horses. Hopefully, she won’t have to be on the lead, because that’s the whole key with having a nice horse as the year progresses and the races get longer.”

Scandalous Act, who’ll be ridden by Eduardo Nunez, is one of two fillies O’Connell will send out in the J J’sdream along with another Campbell homebred, In Luv With Willie, who rallied from far back to finish second in her only start.

“She totally got bumped and eliminated at the break, so for her to come flying like that at the end was really impressive,” O’Connell said. “She’s a big, rangy filly, should love the extra distance, so I figured she also deserved a shot in the stakes.”

Sweetmarys Success is another in a seemingly unending line of debut 2-year-old winners trainer Wesley Ward sent out this spring in Kentucky. A daughter of Teuflesberg, Sweetmarys Success led throughout to post a three-length victory while winning with speed in reserve at Churchill Downs on May 1. Her 77 Beyer Speed Figure is easily best of any of the 2-year-olds running in either stakes on Saturday’s card.

Mike Smith will be in town to handle Sweetmarys Success in the J J’sdream.

Scandalous Act and Sweetmarys Success are two of seven maiden winners in the field, along with One More Wild Ride, Maura’s Purse, Her Royalship, Liberty Fuze, and Proverbs Thirtyone.

Frank Gomez field light on experience

In contrast to the J J’sdream, the Gomez lineup is dominated by maidens, with only four members of the 11-horse lineup having already paid a visit to the winner’s circle. They are Brothersofthetime, Breitling Flyer, Vinny’s Wildcat, and Yes I’m Lucky.

Brothersofthetime survived an early speed duel to post an impressive 5 1/4-length triumph going five furlongs in his only try. Breitling Flying also has the advantage of having run five furlongs, rallying from midpack to a 1 3/4-length victory in his debut earlier this month.

Trainer Dave Vivian snuck Vinny’s Wildcat through for a $32,000 claiming tag for his debut. A son of Wildcat Heir, Vinny’s Wildcat drew away to a 3 3/4-length tally in a modest field of maiden claimers. Yes I’m Lucky won his debut at Monmouth Park for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. and also will have the services of Smith on Saturday.

O’Connell entered the maidens Right On Course and Union Cash, looking to defend her title in the Gomez. The speedy Right On Course finished a tiring fourth after setting the pace to midstretch over a sloppy track in his lone start. Union Cash makes his debut Saturday.

O’Connell said Right On Course didn’t break well under Nunez in his debut.

“It wasn’t so much he got tired but that he broke a little flat-footed, after which Eddie elected to hustle him into the race because of the sloppy track and he used everything up in the beginning,” O’Connell said. “I lost a little time with Union Cash because of a cold, which is why he hasn’t started yet, but it’s not like he’s starting out against a full field of winners. There are a lot of other maidens like him in this race.”