11/09/2008 12:00AM

Icy Atlantic catches a break


MIAMI - The complexion of the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup, marquee event on Saturday's Florida Million card at Calder, changed within seconds after the race began when even-money favorite Soldier's Dancer stumbled leaving the starting gate, unseating his rider, Manoel Cruz. Without Solider's Dancer to contend with, Icy Atlantic posted a 1 1/4-length decision over Magic Mecke in the 1 1/8-mile Bonnie Heath.

Icy Atlantic ($12), a 7-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, rallied three wide off the final turn to outfinish Magic Mecke and 22-1 Fair Weather Stan for his first victory since the Grade 3 Red Bank at Monmouth Park n September 2007.

Silver Tree, the 7-5 second choice in a scratch-reduced field of five Florida-breds, took the lead entering the far turn but weakened under pressure through the final furlong to finish fourth.

"Obviously any time an even-money shot loses his rider it affects the outcome of a race, as does having a loose horse running through the field," trainer Todd Pletcher said by phone after watching the race via simulcast from New York. "Except for the one longshot, it appeared everyone got to run their race, and fortunately the old man showed up and ran his race today. Sometimes you get lucky."

Dave Vivian, who trains Soldier's Dancer, said his horse grabbed a quarter when he stumbled after the break.

"With Silver Tree not firing, it looks like the only way we could have got beat was for that to happen," said Vivian. "But that's horse racing."

Icy Atlantic, who has now won 8 of 44 lifetime and $937,140, completed the nine furlongs in 1:50.32.

Carl Rose Classic: Finallymadeit romps

Finallymadeit ($34) controlled the pace, then drew away to a 6 1/4-length triumph over Dream Maestro in the $200,000 Carl G Rose Classic Handicap. It's a Bird, the even-money favorite, finished fourth after ranging up boldly turning for home.

The victory was the fourth around two turns this season for Finallymadeit, a 4-year-old son of Concerto who ran almost exclusively as a sprinter and with considerable success at 2 and 3. He was ridden by Eduardo Nunez for trainer Javier Negrette and ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.15.

"After he didn't run well in three straight sprint stakes earlier this year, he told us he didn't want to do that any more so we changed strategy and trained him to run long and he loves it," said Negrette.