05/11/2012 12:23PM

Calder: Tamarind Hall makes first start for Fawkes in allowance feature

Tom Keyser
The Grade 1-placed filly Tamarind Hall will make her first start since last fall's Breeders' Cup in an allowance sprint Sunday at Calder.

MIAMI – Trainer David Fawkes’s arsenal of talented horses grew by one, somewhat unexpectedly, during the spring when he added the Grade 1-placed Tamarind Hall to his stable. She has not started since finishing 10th after forcing the pace into the stretch of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last fall. Tamarind Hall will make her first start for Fawkes in Sunday’s $38,000 feature at Calder, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint to be decided under money allowance conditions.

Tamarind Hall was purchased shortly after the Breeders’ Cup, for $250,000, at the November Fasig-Tipton sale. She is owned by Brinkerhill Farm LLC.

Tamarind Hall became Grade 1-placed in 2011 by finishing third behind Hilda’s Passion and Tar Heel Mom in Saratoga’s Ballerina. She was second behind Pomeroys Pistol in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap before concluding her successful 4-year-old campaign in the Breeders’ Cup. Her most important victory to date came last summer at Belmont Park in the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap.

“She was purchased as both a broodmare and racing prospect and has been training excellent, done everything right, since we got her here,” said Fawkes. “My only concern is whether she’ll handle this surface. There’s not a lot of speed in this field, I probably wouldn’t mind if she went to the front, but I’ll let the jock ride his race and put her where he feels she’ll be the most comfortable.”

Tamarind Hall will be ridden by Juan Leyva, who won the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint with another Calder-based filly, Musical Romance.

While Tamarind Hall is a bit of a question mark coming off the layoff, there is no bigger question in the race than Amor de Palacio, who brings a 12-for-12 record into her U.S. debut on Sunday. Amor de Palacio, a Florida-bred, did all her racing in Panama before joining trainer Marty Wolfson’s barn earlier this year. She won at distances ranging from five to nine furlongs in Panama and became a Group 1 winner in her 2011 finale.

Amor de Palacio was entered and scratched out of races last month at both Tampa Bay Downs and Calder and was also entered against males here Saturday in the Champali Stakes on turf.

Frolic’s Revenge, winner of the Calder Oaks going 1 1/16 miles on the turf just two weeks ago, returns to the main track, turns back in distance, and should also be one of the key players in the race along with recent allowance winner Bessie M.

Multiple stakes winner Beso Grande, Callmethesqueeze, and the in-form Flying Trip complete the field.

Apriority, Hot Summer will target Summit of Speed

Fawkes reports that both Apriority and Hot Summer have returned from Churchill Downs none the worse for wear after finishing off the board in graded stakes races on Kentucky Derby Day.

Apriority checked home a non-threatening sixth behind Shackleford in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Sprint, a race he missed winning by a nose the previous year. Ninety minutes latter, Hot Summer finished a distant eighth behind Groupie Doll in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff.

“I don’t think either horse liked the racetrack on Saturday,” said Fawkes. “[Rafael] Bejarano said Apriority ate a lot of dirt and it really bothered him. I think the track was a lot like it was on Breeders’ Cup Day last fall and he didn’t handle it then either. Hot Summer just seemed to be jumping up and down out there and that race she ran in went extremely fast.”

Fawkes said he plans to keep both horses home for a while and point them for the Summit of Speed on July 7, Apriority towards the Grade 2 Smile Sprint which is a Win and You’re In event for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, and Hot Summer for the Grade 1 Princess Rooney. He said both will likely have one prep race prior to the Summit of Speed, on June 9, Apriority in the Ponche and Hot Summer in the U Can Do It.

◗ The jockey standings has a familiar look to it at the top with defending champ Luis Saez again leading the way entering the weekend’s action. The remainder of the top five, however, is comprised of relatively new faces with Jose Rodriguez ,Orlando Bocachica, Jonathan Gonzales, and Jesus Rios holding down the next four spots at the conclusion of business on Thursday.