06/16/2011 2:48PM

Calder: Sweet Repent returns as good as ever from long vacation


MIAMI – Trainer Dave Braddy admits he was probably as surprised as anybody when his multiple stakes-winning mare Sweet Repent ran down the odds-on, pacesetting Amazing to win an allowance race at Calder on May 13. After all, the outing was the first for Sweet Repent in nearly 10 months while Amazing had been running right along since the summer of 2010.

But even the conservative Braddy was pretty confident when Sweet Repent came right back last weekend as the odds-on favorite to capture the Emergency Nurse Stakes. The win was the ninth in 16 career starts for Sweet Repent, a fragile but talented daughter of Repent owned by the Buongiorno A Tutti Stable.

Sweet Repent was returning from the second extended vacation of her career when she upset Sweet Repent here last month. The previous layoff lasted six months and began after her victory in the Sunshine Millions Distaff in January 2010, the fourth in a series of stakes wins dating back to the previous September.

“She’s always had foot problems,” said Braddy. “Nothing serious, always minor, but they’ve always bugged her. And each time you bring one back from that type of layoff you never know how they’ll return. She’s getting older now and while she was training good before coming back this last time she’s not a great work horse who sizzles in the morning. So you really never know what to expect until they run.”

Braddy said he instructed his rider, Fernando Jara, not to press Amazing when the pair met on May 13.

“I told the jock we were just trying to get her back to the races in one piece and not to force the issue but she was able to run her down anyway, which was a surprise since we were coming off the layoff, the other mare had been running steadily and we had been life and death to beat her in the past even when we were good and fit.”

Amazing was a late scratch from the Emergency Nurse, making Sweet Repent’s task much easier in her second start of the season although she did have to dig down late to withstand a late surge from longshot Tesoro de Amor.

Braddy said if all goes well, Sweet Repent would make her next start in the Nancy’s Glitter Handicap here on July 23.

“I’d like to keep her home and run her through the same series of races we did at the end of her 3-year-old season right up to the Sunshine Millions again next winter,” said Braddy.

Wolfson sends out two contenders

Trainer Marty Wolfson holds the upper hand in Saturday’s $55,000 Cool Air overnight stakes with his uncoupled pair of Bella Moneta and Indulgence, easily the top choices among a field of eight filly and mare turf sprinters.

Bella Moneta was scratched from last Saturday’s U Can Do It Handicap to return to the turf. The speedster has posted one win and finished off the board just once in six starts on grass.

Indulgence rallied belatedly to finish second in the U Can Do It and would be wheeling back on just a week’s rest if she competes. Indulgence was an impressive 2 3/4-length allowance winner going five furlongs on the turf earlier this spring.

Afleet Lass appears to have the best chance of upsetting the Wolfson duo coming off a career-best effort when beating up on entry-level optional claimers over the grass on May 20.

◗ Gulfstream Park announced the resignation of president and general manager Steve Calabro on Thursday. Mike Couch, director of gaming, will maintain the day to day operations of the casino while vice president of racing Tim Ritvo will now assume the responsibilities of the day to day operations of the entire plant.