10/15/2010 1:35PM

Dwoskin looks to sew up first training title


MIAMI – Sunday marks the final day of the long Calder session that began April 25. The Tropical at Calder meeting opens Thursday and runs through Jan. 3.

About the only possible drama left on closing day could be the race for the training title, and even that is unlikely unless defending champ Bill White pulls off a miraculous rally over the last three days of the meet. If not, Steve Dwoskin will get his first-ever training crown to go along with yet another leading owner award. Dwoskin, however, is leaving no stone unturned in his quest for the title, having entered horses in six races on Sunday’s card.

The jockey title was decided earlier this month when Luis Saez finally pulled away from defending champion Manoel Cruz after the pair battled for the lead for nearly five months. Like Dwoskin, Saez also will earn his first career crown.

The meet will go out with a relative whimper Sunday, following the bang of Festival of the Sun Day the previous afternoon. Sunday’s card will be highlighted by a pair of entry-level optional claiming races. The eighth race is carded at seven furlongs over the main track and the ninth at a mile on the turf for fillies and mares.

Fundit, who is in the best form of his career, and Cash Rules will likely vie for favoritism in the eighth race. The stretch-running Fundit has posted new Beyer tops in two of his last three starts, a streak that included a pair of wins and a tough half-length setback at the hands of odds-on favorite Gaucho under second-level allowance conditions in his most recent try. Despite his recent string of success, Fundit will compete for a $16,000 claiming tag under the optional claiming conditions of the race.

Cash Rules will try to make amends after having been a beaten favorite in his last two starts, both against similar opposition. He did have an excuse in his most recent try when bumped at the start and forced to race wide throughout. The performance was flattered when runner-up Tackleberry returned to easily defeat the same kind in his next appearance.

The co-featured ninth is a wide-open affair if it goes as scheduled on the turf, with Mettled, Gator’s Track, Dream With Us, Sky Cap, and Evening Gown among the top contenders.

* Former trainer turned jockey agent Julien Canet and apprentice Angel Moreno have severed ties, effective earlier this week. Moreno has succeeded Saez as the top local bug rider on the grounds and will finish a clear-cut third in the standings when the 2010 Calder session ends Sunday.

* Trainer Kathy Ritvo saddled her first official winner of the meet when she sent out Raging Six to a popular victory in Friday’s second race. Ritvo has succeeded her husband, Tim, as trainer of the couple’s local stable after the latter was recently appointed to the position of vice president of East Coast racing operations for MI Developments.