05/07/2002 11:00PM

Penn National track report


Penn National-based trainer Todd Beattie has a knack for developing young horses.

Several years ago, Beattie had Fiesty Countess, a multiple stakes-winning filly that he sold for a price in the mid-six figures. Last season, owner Tom McClay's Beau Surprise won 8 of 11 starts, including five stakes, under Beattie's guidance.

McClay and Beattie also have Osway, winner of the $71,000 Pennsylvania Futurity last fall and the favorite in Friday night's $30,000-added Danzig Stakes at Penn National.

Now the McClay-Beattie partnership has uncovered another gem in 3-year-old Calends. Calends is 2 for 2 after scoring a wire-to-wire win in a six-furlong allowance at Delaware Park last Saturday. He ran the first quarter-mile in 21.85 seconds en route to a five-length win in 1:10.45 under Clinton Potts, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 98.

Calends will likely make his next start in the $75,000 Legal Light Stakes on May 25 at Delaware.