06/24/2009 11:00PM

Pair of Cup graduates highlight $55K stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Renda made her only start on grass in last fall's BC Juvenile Fillies Turf, finishing 10th.

MIAMI - It's rare to find two horses with Breeders' Cup experience in a $55,000 overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Calder at this juncture of the season. But that will be the case when C Karma and Renda square off for the first time since participating in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in Saturday's 7 1/2-furlong Lulu's Ransom Stakes on the turf here.

The Lulu's Ransom will share top billing on Saturday's program with the $55,000 Primal for older colts and geldings. The Primal did not lure any former Breeders' Cup performers but will feature the Grade 3-placed and odds-on favorite Motovato.

C Karma and Renda finished eighth and 10th behind Maram last fall in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. C Karma entered that race off the best performance of her career, a neck triumph over soft ground in Woodbine's Group 3 Natalma. A daughter of Exchange Rate, she bounced out of the Breeders' Cup to capture the 5 1/2-furlong Pontalba Stakes over the main track at the Fair Grounds, but has gone winless in three subsequent starts.

C Karma will make her first start in the Lulu's Ransom since being transferred to trainer Manny Estevez this spring. The well-traveled filly won the Natalma for the Canadian-based Gregory De Gannes and the Pontalba under the tutelage of her owner-breeder Pamela Edel.

Renda has always worked well on grass, but the Breeders' Cup was her only start over the surface, and trainer Juan Arias has been eager to get the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro back on turf ever since. His first attempt failed earlier this month after the Liberada Stakes was switched from the grass to a sloppy main track because of heavy rain. Renda finished fourth against older horses in the 1 1/8-mile Liberada after chasing the pace-setting winner Eclisse to midstretch.

While C Karma and Renda have already tasted the big-time, fillies such as Many Kisses and Tailbytherail will bring the better form into the Lulu's Ransom.

Many Kisses has won her last two starts, the first under a $32,000 claiming price on grass and the most recent against entry-level opposition over a "good" main track on May 24.

Tailbytherail outfinished Many Kisses when the pair met this spring at Gulfstream Park and has been idle since winning her first-level allowance condition over the local turf course seven weeks ago.

The pace of the Lulu's Ransom promises to be a quick one if the field holds together, with Garter Belt, wire-to-wire winner of the main-track Regal Gal Stakes, Wicked Woman of Ny, and Standing Appeal in the lineup.

Motovato, the favorite in the Primal, continues to improve with every start since returning from an eight-month layoff this winter at Gulfstream. A son of Proud Citizen, Motovato won the Sumter overnight stakes when he was sent two turns for the first time in his career on April 25, then finished second behind Finallymadeit following a slow start in the Grade 3 Memorial Day Handicap one month later.

Dream Maestro, a well-beaten third after encountering early trouble of his own in the Memorial Day, continues to maintain good form and has the best chance of upsetting the favorite. He breaks from the rail under leading rider Manoel Cruz.