09/16/2001 12:00AM

Clear skies cloud Calder feature


MIAMI, Fla. - The rains which left Calder's main track

a sea of slop for several days last week and has

closed the turf course indefinitely are gone, dampening the spirits of the

connections of I Love Chicago and Link to Jimmy, a

pair of wet-track specialists who may still vie for

favoritism in Monday's $28,000 optional-claiming-allowance feature.

I Love Chicago has posted his two most recent

victories over sloppy tracks including an impressive 2

3/4-length decision over Golden Concorde here on July

15. The homebred, who has not been worse than second

in six starts on wet surfaces, will be making just his

second start in seven weeks and is taking a decided

drop in class Monday.

Link to Jimmy comes off the turf and back to the main

track after leading throughout before dropping a head

decision under similar conditions going a mile on the

grass. He is seeking his first victory since winning

the Carterista Handicap by seven lengths over I Love

Chicago on a sloppy track here in July of 2000.

Dan's Report, the king of Gulfstream Park's

long-distance starter handicap series last winter,

makes his first appearance since April 8 for owner

trainer Fred Warren and appears to be training well

for his return.

*A pair of track records were set here on Saturday.

Castlebrook established the new course record for 1

1/16 miles covering the distance in 1:36.68 winning

the $50,000 Noble Royalty Handicap. Three races later

High Ideal set the new mark of 1:36.25 for a mile

defeating allowance company, shattering the old

standard of 1:37.40 held jointly by Crafty Chris and


*Stormy Frolic led a large contingent of hopefuls to

work Saturday for next weekend's $100,000 Brave Raj

and $100,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes. Stormy Frolic

worked a mile in 1:43.20 in preparation for the Brave

Raj. Other Brave Raj hopefuls to work included Sweep

Princess (six furlongs in 1:13.80), Ms Brooksi (five

furlongs in 1:02.80) and Harry'sbestpromise (six

furlongs in 1:17.60).

*O'Rocky, winner of the opening leg of the Florida

Stallion Series but fourth as the 8-5 favorite in the

Dr. Fager Stakes, worked five-eighths in 1:04.40 for

the Foolish Pleasure.