Updated on 09/17/2011 10:44AM

Edwards puts honeymoon plans on hold


MIAMI - Trainer Oliver "Buddy" Edwards exchanged wedding vows with Janet Willett on Friday evening, but the honeymoon will have to wait. That's because Edwards plans to be on hand at Calder to saddle Lost Appeal as one of the favorites in Sunday's $40,000 Bimini Flyer Stakes, an overnight stakes at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf.

Lost Appeal has already helped Edwards and Willett, who serves as secretary for the Florida Division of the Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association, save a few extra bucks to pay for that eventual honeymoon. She has won five of her last six starts, including the Solo Haina Stakes on grass here May 17.

"She's really come around since I sent her up to Tampa Bay and got a few wins under her belt this winter," said Edwards just hours before his wedding on Friday. "She was stabled with me the whole time. I'd van her up and back and ran her under Richie Ciardullo's name at Tampa. And after her second win she became like King Kong, she got so high on herself. I think that's all it was with her. Just a matter of getting some confidence."

Lost Appeal has flourished even more since being switched back to the grass and winning an open allowance race by two lengths with a last-to-first rally in her Tampa finale. She used similar tactics to capture the Solo Haina, circling almost the entire field entering the stretch before wearing down the odds-on What a Price in the closing strides.

"With her style she probably wants to go farther than the 7 1/2 furlongs of the race on Sunday," said Edwards. "Although, as long as she gets a good pace I think she can win. Unfortunately with her style she's going to have to lose a lot of ground when she runs. You don't want to get her stopped once she gets rolling."

Eduardo Nunez, who guided Lost Appeal to victory in the Solo Haina, will be back aboard on Sunday.

Lost Appeal's chief competition in the Bimini Flyer will again be What a Price and the 3-year-old Formal Miss. It will be the first start against older horses for Formal Miss, who captured the Lenta Stakes earlier in the meet.

Crafty Brat preps for Azalea

Crafty Brat solidified her role as one of the local favorites for the $300,000 Azalea Stakes on July 12 with a victory over seven other 3-year-old fillies in Friday's $42,225 Race Artist Stakes. The win was the third in succession and fifth in the last seven starts for Crafty Brat, dating back to Dec. 27.

Crafty Brat, the only horse to have beaten the lightning quick Storm Flag, is trained by Joe Calascibetta. Storm Flag is also expected to run in the Grade 3 Azalea, one of four graded stakes on the $1.7 million Summit of Speed program.