12/02/2010 2:52PM

Never On Sunday, Evading Tempete are Biancone's best shots in turf co-features

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Trainer Patrick Biancone will send out three starters on Saturday at Calder.

MIAMI – The $100,000 Tropical Park Turf and My Charmer handicaps were axed from the Calder stakes schedule a year ago for fiscal reasons. The two Grade 3 events survived the cut in 2010, however, and will return as strong as ever on Saturday with full, wide-open fields.

One trainer happy to have both turf races back on the docket is Patrick Biancone, who will send out three starters on Saturday, including Never On Sunday, the likely favorite and 120 pound co-highweight in the 1 1/8-mile Tropical Turf.

Never On Sunday was a Group 1 winner in France in 2009 but has made only three starts since arriving in this country last winter. He began his U.S. career with a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, a race he might have won with a cleaner trip. Never On Sunday was second, beaten less than a length by Bearpath, in Gulfstream’s Grade 3 Pan Am six weeks later, then went on the sidelines for nearly six months before launching his comeback finishing sixth over a yielding course in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park.

“He had a little health issue this summer but we gave him the time he needed and he’s good right now,” said Biancone. “He was a little high strung in the paddock when he got here last year but hopefully he’ll be over that now that he’s had the time to acclimate to this country. The Tropical Turf is a good place to start out. I expect him to run very well, and hopefully he’s going to give us a big winter with the main goal again being the Gulfstream Turf.”

Never On Sunday will share high weight in the Tropical Turf with Rahy’s Attorney, who has won two of his last three starts, both stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. Rahy’s Attorney was last seen in south Florida in March when beaten a head following a game effort in Gulfstream’s Grade 3 Appleton.

Midnight Mischief appears to be rounding into his best form for trainer Bill Mott. He won an allowance race and finished second in the Grade 3 River City Handicap at Churchill Downs in his last two starts.

Baletti and Rahystrada are already Grade 3 winners this year, taking the Fort Marcy and Arlington handicaps.

Pickapocket outgamed Bim Bam by a nose with Tannersville another length behind in the Bonnie Heath Turf Cup here three weeks ago. The trio head a strong local contingent in the Tropical Turf that also includes Grade 3 winner Twilight Meteor, Sincero, and El Kingdom, who will race with blinkers for the first time on Saturday.

Biancone will saddle Evading Tempete and Volver for their U.S. debuts in the 1 1/8-mile My Charmer although Evading Tempete will run under the name of trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, who had the horse in Europe. Both fillies are owned by Martin Schwartz.

Of the pair, Biancone said he believes Evading Tempete has the best chance to win the My Charmer.

“Evading Tempete arrived Tuesday and is the better quality of the pair,” said Biancone, who will keep the English bred 3-year-old in his barn this winter. “The race may be a bit tough for Volver.”

Evading Tempete was a Group 3 winner in Italy in May and finished fifth in Ascot’s Group 1 Coronation Stakes late last spring.

Miss World and You Go West Girl will share high weight of 118 pounds in the My Charmer. Miss World was a Grade 1 winner at 3 but has yet to find the winner’s circle in three starts this season. You Go West Girl is a multiple stakes-winning New York-bred and the most accomplished member of this field at nine furlongs.

Askbut I Won’ttell upset the Grade 3 Cardinal at Churchill Downs four weeks ago while making her first start at 1 1/8 miles. Mary’s Follies also comes in off a big race, a second-place finish in Belmont’s Grade 3 Athenia, her first outing since capturing Churchill’s Grade 2 Mrs. Revere in her 3-year-old finale 11 months earlier.

Trainer Marty Wolfson will send out the uncoupled entry of Cherokee Queen and Paracaidas. Cherokee Queen was beaten less than two lengths in the Grade 1 Just a Game this past spring at Belmont Park and returned locally to beat allowance horses on Nov. 20. Paracaidas was transferred to Wolfson’s barn shortly after finishing sixth in Churchill’s Cardinal on Nov. 7.