06/14/2007 11:00PM

Izzie's Halo in Valid Video off lopsided win


MIAMI - Sunday's $50,000 Valid Video Stakes may be considered a prep for the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes on July 7. But on its own merit, the six-furlong dash for 3-year-olds must be considered one of the best races of the 2007 Calder meet.

The Valid Video drew a strong field of nine that includes the Gradeo3 stakes-placed trio of Izzie's Halo, Frosty Secret, and Drums of Thunder as well as Yesbyjimminy, Double Colico, Finallymadeit, Indian Ashton, and Pop Goes the Tiger.

Izzie's Halo rallied to a convincing three-length victory in a field that included Frosty Secret in his local debut on May 21. Izzie's Halo finished second behind Hard Spun and 2 1/4 lengths in front of Teuflesberg in the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds in his 3-year-old debut.

"He was hooking some really tough horses up north so his owner decided to ship him down here to help him get his confidence back," trainer David Fawkes said. "I was happy with his first race here, and we're definitely pointing for the Carry Back."

Trainer Henry Collazo was obviously not pleased with Frosty Secret's fifth-place finish behind Izzie's Halo in the pair's first encounter, but is looking for an improved effort in Sunday's rematch.

"He broke a step slow, rushed up, then had to steady in traffic leaving the backstretch, and really lost all chance at that point," said Collazo. "He's done well since that race, and I look for him to run a lot better this time around."

Collazo said that the Carry Back is on Frosty Secret's itinerary if he runs well in the Valid Video.

Drums of Thunder returns to the races for the first time since finishing sixth behind Scat Daddy in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth on March 3. Drums of Thunder got an infection in a hind leg that forced him to miss several weeks of training while in preparation for the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

"He's training as well as ever if not better than ever," said trainer Bill Kaplan. "We're definitely using this race as a prep for the Carry Back if he performs well, although we still believe his best races will ultimately come around two turns."

Yesbyjimminy won 4 of his first 5 starts at 2, including the six-furlong Criterium Stakes by five lengths. His only defeat during that span came in a race around two turns. Yesbyjimminy has started just twice at age 3, finishing a game second behind the favored Street Magician in the Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream and a tiring fourth when trying a route of ground in the Unbridled Stakes earlier in the meeting.

Finallymadeit finished third against older horses in the Ponche Handicap this meet before traveling to Maryland where he was a well-beaten sixth in the Grade 3 Hirsch Jacobs.

Double Colico has won 3 of 4 career starts, including the Naked Greed Stakes on April 29.

Indian Ashton has won 2 of his 3 starts but has been idle since defeating $50,000 claiming foes in his 3-year-old debut on Jan. 28.

Pop Goes the Tiger bounced back from his third-place finish behind Izzie's Halo on May 21 to win a similar allowance race at a mile 13 days later.

* Jermaine Bridgmohan rode his first winner in Thursday's eighth race since returning to the races from injury last week. Bridgmohan was involved in two serious spills during the Gulfstream Park meet, the second of which occurred on March 23.