10/01/2011 2:18PM

Calder: Sweet Repent back on worktab as Braddy keeps eye on her tender feet


MIAMI – Sweet Repent, notable by her absence from last week’s Stage Door Betty Handicap, was back on the work tab here Saturday morning, breezing five furlongs in 1:02 for trainer David Braddy. The work was the first for Sweet Repent since Sept. 1.

Sweet Repent, the talented but fragile mare who has been plagued with foot issues throughout her career, has not started since winning the Nancy’s Glitter Handicap on July  23. The victory was the third in a row for the 5-year-old daughter of Repent since returning from a 10-month layoff in mid-May.

“It’s her feet again,” said Braddy. “She has problems with the inside of both heels and when the weather gets wet like it’s been here over the past couple of months, and the track gets packed down and hard, it just bothers her.”

Braddy said he is pointing Sweet Repent for the $150,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap on Nov. 15. Sweet Repent won the Heubeck in 2009.

“She worked well this morning and she seems to be doing well right now but I’ve still got a ways to go, a few more works to get in, before that race,” said Braddy, who has done a masterful job holding Sweet Repent together.

Sweet Repent has won 10 of her 17 starts and bank nearly $600,000 during her injury-plagued career.

Parboo leading owner at Calder meet

The battle for leading owner honors at the 2011 Calder meet went right down to the final race on Friday with Sherry Parboo holding off Frank Calabrese by a single victory to notch the title. Calabrese would have dead-heated Parboo for the top spot if his favored Dreamingofantonio had won Friday’s finale but the filly was run down late by J’s Hot Shot Lady after holding the lead through midstretch.

Spanish rider named on first local mount

Bonja Fayos, one of the leading jockeys in Spain for the past eight years, has joined the local colony and plans to ride out the Tropical at Calder meeting.

Fayos, 26 and a native of Madrid, has finished in the top five in the standings since 2004 and was Spain’s leading rider in 2008. He ended the season in third place this year.

Fayos is named to ride his first horse locally, Pretty Rowdy for trainer George Heath, in Monday’s eighth race. Veteran agent Manny Marrero will handle Fayos’ engagements.

◗ The switch from turf to dirt didn’t bother trainer Rodolfo Garcia or his Kanavayen in Saturday’s third race. Kanavayen, a 2-year-old son of Concorde’s Tune, sprinted to the lead and cruised to an easy victory over the favored Fast N Furius Cat while making his second career start for the Caroni Stable. Kanavayen ($8.60) completed five furlongs in a swift 59.22 seconds under jockey Antonio Gallardo.