06/08/2004 11:00PM

Impressive 2-year-olds popping up almost daily


MIAMI - Calder has long been known as a breeding ground for talented 2-year-olds during its summer meeting. But if the opening six weeks of this meet is any indication, 2004 may be the best year yet.

It's hard to remember another season that has produced as many dominating performances by 2-year-olds.

Following are the most impressive 2-year-old races since the meet began on April 26: B. B. Best's 14 3/4-length debut win on May 22; Yes It's Gold's 14 1/2-length triumph on May 31; Actxexutive's 10 1/2-length victory later that same afternoon; and Aclassysassylassy's 12 1/2-length win when she launched her career on June 5.

As expected, horsemen from around the country have taken notice. Actxecutive has been sold, while Yes It's Gold has attracted the attention of several potential buyers and could be heading out of town before too long.

Randy Mills, whose Break Away Racing Stable bred and owned Actxecutive, said he finalized the deal within four days after his colt's win.

"Actxecutive has already been sent to Bob Baffert's barn in Kentucky," Mills said.

Actxecutive earned a 91 Beyer Speed Figure after covering 4 1/2 furlongs in 52.40 seconds in his debut.

"I had to scratch the colt twice prior to his first race, because he came down with a cough both times he had been entered," Mills said. "I was being cautious, because I really wanted and expected him to run well - although when they turn in that kind of performance, you really can't say you knew they'd do that well."

Mills would not comment on the sale price, which was believed to be in the vicinity of $500,000.

The sale of Actxecutive wasn't the only one that Mills and his wife, Linda, president of the Florida HBPA, completed last week.

"The day after Actxecutive won, we passed papers to complete the sale of our farm in Ocala," said Mills. "We've had Break Away Farm for 25 years, but Linda and I promised ourselves that once our son graduated from high school we would cut back on the business and take some time for ourselves. I kept just two of my 25 broodmares. I also owned 85 to 90 horses this time last year. Now I have only 16."

Yes It's Gold ran just .20 second slower than Actxecutive when she won her debut hours earlier on Memorial Day. A daughter of Yes It's True, Yes It's Gold is owned by her breeder, Luann Baker, and trained by David Braddy.

"We've had a lot of inquiries about selling her, although nothing is final just yet," Braddy said.

B. B. Best, also by Yes It's True, has been the most impressive of the local 2-year-old winners. He posted an 87 Beyer for his maiden win, then wheeled right back last weekend to capture the Wynn Dot Comma Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths over another talented juvenile, Devil's Disciple, earning an 86 Beyer for his victory over a sloppy track.

"I've had a lot of good young horses, but this colt is far and away the best I've ever had at this stage of their career," said trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.

Castro only suffers bruises in spill

Leading rider Eddie Castro Jr. escaped serious injury when his mount, Storming on By, clipped heels and fell shortly after the start of Wednesday's seventh race. Castro was taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital for precautionary X-rays, which proved negative.

"He was lucky," said Castro's agent, Mike Gonzalez. "He got body- slammed pretty hard but came away with only some bumps and bruises. He should be ready to ride when racing resumes on Friday."

Dakota Light gets chance to shine

Dakota Light, who nearly got body slammed herself during the running of the Boots 'n Jackie Stakes on May 24, will attempt to rebound in Friday's $40,000 Coolbythepool Stakes. The one-mile overnight event drew a field of six fillies and mares.

Dakota Light was in the midst of what appeared to be a strong rally when she was forced to steady sharply entering the far turn of the Boots 'n Jackie, taking up so hard that she nearly unseated her jockey in the process. The incident cost her any chance of victory that day.

She will return against virtually the same group on Friday, including Romanesque, Marnesia Light, Kathy Lee G., Sniffles, and Firm Reality.