05/12/2009 11:00PM

Double memories still fresh for Brumfield


MIAMI - Calvin Borel added his name to an exclusive list of jockeys who have won both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby on the same weekend when he guided Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird to one-sided victories earlier this month at Churchill Downs. That list, which numbers seven, also includes first-year Calder steward Don Brumfield.

Brumfield posted his Oaks-Derby double 43 years ago, in 1966, when he captured the Oaks aboard Native Street and the Derby the following afternoon with Kauai King, who also went on to win the Preakness two weeks later.

"We were fortunate with Kauai King that year," recalled Brumfield who was elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1996. "Buckpasser and Graustark were in the same crop but had fallen by the wayside by the time the Derby came around. Kauai King led all the way in the Derby, but he didn't need the lead. In the Preakness, Stupendous went to the front while we sat second."

Kauai King ran down Stupendous to post a 1 3/4-length victory in the 1966 Preakness.

"The Belmont was run at Aqueduct that season because they were renovating Belmont Park," Brumfield said of Kauai King's quest for the Triple Crown. "You had to break close to the turn, and he got a little rank early on and didn't relax on the lead. It just wasn't his day and he finished fourth behind Amberoid, who we'd beaten in both the Derby and Preakness."

Kauai King ran only once more after the Belmont, finishing fifth behind Buckpasser in the Arlington Classic.

Brumfield joined the Calder stewards stand after serving in a similar position as association steward this winter at Gulfstream Park.

Big Bubble serves as rematch

Saturday's $55,000 Big Bubble overnight stakes drew a field of 11 older horses, including the stakes-winning mare Eclisse. The Big Bubble is carded at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, with the lineup likely to scratch down to eight or nine starters if the race goes as scheduled on the grass.

If it remains on turf, the Big Bubble will feature a rematch among Mambo Meister, Fearless Eagle, and Baron Von Tap, the second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers in the Grade 3 Miami Mile Handicap here three weeks earlier. Saturday's card also will include the $55,000 Regal Gal overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Imawildandcrazyguy, who is entered in the Big Bubble, worked a half-mile in 51.20 seconds Wednesday. Imawildandcrazyguy is winless in four career starts on grass and finished 10th when he last tried the surface in the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida on Feb. 21. Fourth behind Street Sense in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, Imawildandcrazyguy remains winless in five starts this season.

* You and I Forever, runner-up behind Tale of Ekati in the Grade 2 Jerome last year, is preparing for his comeback with trainer Marty Wolfson. You and I Forever has not started since finishing sixth in the Pegasus on Oct. 24. You and I Forever has worked twice locally, including a half-mile in 49.60 on Tuesday morning.