04/30/2004 11:00PM

Calder: Stay Forever's home run


Calder turf-loving Stay Forever, last under Eddie Castro for the first half of the race, moved four wide on the turn and rallied to victory in the final strides of the $150,000 Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Mrs. M tracked the leaders along the hedge, slipped through inside to grab the lead leaving the eighth pole, but could not hold off the winner in the final yards, beaten by three-quarters of a length.

Sweettrickydancer was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third. Derrianne, the 3-2 favorite, settled in ninth in the field of 11, advanced to sixth at the six-furlong mark, but then backed up to finish ninth.

Stay Forever ran the 1 1/16 miles on turf labeled good in 1:42 and paid $13.80.

Stay Forever has now won 6 of 9 starts on the Calder turf, and 2 of 5 elsewhere.