09/22/2011 1:12PM

Calder: Trip for A.J. shoots for third stakes win of meet in Stage Door Betty


MIAMI – Saturday will be ladies’ day at Calder with a pair of stakes on tap for fillies and mares, the $75,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap at 1 1/16 miles and the $55,000 Dolly Jo carded at six furlongs. Both races will be run over the main track.

The versatile Trip for A.J. will be favored to add the Stage Door Betty to earlier stakes wins this meet in the Liberada and Ms Brookski. She also accounted for the Sunshine Millions Distaff Turf at Gulfstream Park and the Tampa Bay Downs Turf Distaff during the winter. Trip for A.J. has not started since drawing off to an easy 8 1/4-length triumph over a weak, scratch-reduced field in the Ms Brookski when making her third start over a four-week span in July. Trained by Milt Wolfson for owner-breeder Peter Fuller, Trip for A.J. will carry high weight of 122 pounds and concede from five to nine pounds to her five rivals in the Stage Door Betty.

Successful Song may have the best chance of upsetting the favorite. Successful Song spent most of the spring and summer at Monmouth Park where she finished third in a pair of stakes for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. But the majority of her success has come here at Calder, where she has posted all four of her career victories, including the Judy’s Red Shoes one year ago.

Diosa Indian has not started since finishing second behind division leader Sweet Repent after making the pace in the Nancy’s Glitter Handicap on July 23. She was also a game second behind Trip for A.J. three weeks earlier in the Liberada.

Devilish Lady has never won around two turns, although she was second, beaten a head, last winter in Tampa’s Suncoast. She tried to rate off a very fast pace and came up empty when finishing fourth in the one-mile Regal Girl here in May.

* A couple of fillies who competed in the only Grade 1 race run at Calder this season, the seven-furlong Princess Rooney Handicap on July 9, are among the eight fillies and mares entered for the Dolly Jo.

Jehan finished sixth, 4 1/4 lengths behind Sassy Image, after circling the field and taking a brief lead in early stretch of the Princess Rooney. Jehan has made just one subsequent start, finishing fourth over a sloppy track in the Barb’s Dancer on Aug. 7.

Don’ttalktome contested a very fast pace before paying the price and fading to finish 10th in the Princess Rooney but has since bounced back with two strong efforts, finishing second behind division leader Musical Romance in the Barb’s Dancer as a prelude to her easy victory in the Connie Ann Stakes on turf three weeks later.