Updated on 09/16/2011 7:29AM

Calends wilts - but will be just fine


Jockey Clinton Potts admitted he was worried when his mount, promising 3-year-old Calends, was unable to gallop back to the unsaddling area and nearly fell after his first career loss in last Saturday's Legal Light Stakes at Delaware Park.

"He pulled up in a little bit of distress, like he might have bled, or maybe the heat could have gotten to him to a little bit," Potts said.

Trainer Todd Beattie noticed something was wrong, too. "I was pretty worried about him," said Beattie, who is based at Penn National Race Course. "He pulled up by the turn about 75 yards after the wire and he was unable to gallop back. That's how much distress he was in."

Fortunately, nothing is seriously wrong with Calends. Beattie determined the horse was suffering from a potassium imbalance, which is similar to heat exhaustion. It occurs when the anti-bleeding medication Lasix draws all the potassium out of a horse's body.

"We pumped him full of vitamins and potassium," Beattie said. "Within minutes of getting the fluid in him he started to straighten up. He looks good now and he scoped clean. He's nice and sound."

Calends dueled with Boston Common through fractions of 21.70 and 44.97 seconds in the six-furlong Legal Light. Calends weakened in the stretch and finished third, beaten 3 1/2 lengths by Running Tide, who earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure.

Beattie, who had been considering running Calends in the seven-furlong Riva Ridge Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard, is now uncertain when the horse will make his next start. But he remains convinced Calends is a top-shelf 3-year-old.

"I haven't lost any confidence in him. I really fully believe he will completely recover off this," Beattie said. "How long before he completely recovers? I don't know. But he will come back. One thing about this is he had all of this go wrong and he only got beat about three lengths."

Servis has two Oaks prospects

Philadelphia Park-based trainer John Servis has his eye on the Delaware Oaks again with a pair of rapidly developing fillies. Last year, Servis won the Oaks with Zonk. Now he has two good prospects in Maresha, a five-length winner of a 1 1/16-mile allowance race at Delaware on May 22, and Martha's Music, an 8 1/4-length winner going a mile and 70 yards in an allowance on May 2.

Maresha, a winner of 3 of 8 starts, ran fourth, beaten 11 1/4 lengths by Alternate, in the $75,000 Go for Wand Stakes at Delaware on May 4. In that race she was shuffled back at the start and never got into a rhythm.

Martha's Music most recently finished fifth in the $50,000 Revidere Stakes on Monmouth Park's grass course on May 25. Servis said he was not discouraged and intends to put her back on the main track for her next start.

"She didn't handle the turf that well, so I think she will improve when we move her back to the main track," Servis said.

Servis plans to keep the pair separated. He intends to run one in the $175,000 Susan's Girl Breeders' Cup at Delaware on June 29 and the other in the $50,000 Serena's Song at Monmouth on June 22.

After that, one filly will likely run in Grade 3, $250,000 Delaware Oaks on July 20 and then other will likely go in the $250,000 Monmouth Oaks on July 21.

Mystic Lady heads Nastique

Mystic Lady, second in the Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup in her last start, preps for a possible start in next month's Delaware Handicap in Saturday's $75,000 Nastique Stakes.

The 1 1/16-mile Nastique is the first local stepping-stone on the road to the Grade 3, $600,000 Delaware Cap on July 21.

Mystic Lady finished second, beaten 1 1/4 lengths by Spain, at Churchill Downs on May 3. She won her only other start this season in the Banshee Breeze Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

Quiet Lake, a 4-year-old filly trained by John Kimmel, will be making her stakes debut in the Nastique. She has won her last three races against allowance runners by a combined margin of nearly 20 lengths.

* Coco Madness, a 3-year-old gelding trained by Edward Allard for owners David Cohen and Bernard Spain, broke a 37-year-old track record for one mile on the turf when he won an allowance race Sunday in 1:34.88. The previous record of 1:35 was set by Portsmouth in 1965.