12/22/2009 12:00AM

Pair of stakes top all 2-year-old card


OLDSMAR, Fla. - A pair of last-out Calder stakes winners, Hear Ye Hear Ye and Criolla Bonita, top the co-featured Inaugural and Sandpiper stakes on an 11-race program devoted exclusively to juveniles as Tampa Bay Downs presents its second edition of Cotillion Festival Day.

The six-furlong Inaugural has drawn a field of 11 2-year-old colts and geldings, with Hear Ye Hear Ye the horse to beat despite drawing the outside post. Sent off at 20-1 in his last start, the seven-furlong Jack Price Juvenile for Florida-breds, Hear Ye Hear Ye rallied from just off the pace to post a 1 1/2-length victory.

Prior to that win Hear Ye Hear Ye had finished fourth in two stakes at Calder sandwiched around a sixth-place finish in the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont.

Jeffrey Sanchez will pilot Hear Ye Hear Ye in the Inaugural for trainer Stanley Gold.

Mr. Green, third to Hear Ye Hear Ye as an odds-on favorite in the Jack Price, has finished second in three stakes at Calder and also figures to get a good deal of support in the Inaugural. So will Hellen's Choice, an eye-catching winner of his last two, which came sprinting on the turf at Calder.

Two others with a chance in a wide-open Inaugural are My Charming Clyde and Da Plane.

My Charming Clyde, a winner of three of his six starts, is trained by the the red-hot Anthony Pecoraro, who has won seven races with his first 10 starters this meet.

Da Plane was a strong front-running winner of a turf maiden race in his Tampa debut. Da Plane trained smartly over the main track prior to that victory and could be part of the picture at a good price on Saturday.

Criolla Bonita seeks third straight

Sandpiper favorite Criolla Bonita won the 5 1/2-furlong Cassidy Stakes by four lengths in her last start Oct. 17.

That win was the second straight for Criolla Bonita, who has finished second or better in four of her five career starts.

Criolla Bonita will be making her first start for trainer Hector Mackinzie in the six-furlong Sandpiper, which has a field of 10 2-year-old fillies. Abel Lezcano will ride.

Joanie's Catch, second in three straight stakes at Calder, tops the challengers. Trained by Barry Rose, she has made her last seven starts in stakes company. She won the Brave Raj at Calder in September.

Also worthy of consideration in the Sandpiper is Whoopty Whoopty, a Distorted Humor filly out of Spring Meadow, who earned almost a half-million dollars in her career. Whoopty Whoopty is trained by Hall of Famer Billl Mott and comes into the Sandpiper off a maiden win at Aqueduct in her second career start.