10/13/2007 12:00AM

Reversals of fortune in Calder Derby, Oaks

EmailMIAMI - A couple of 3-year-old turf specialists coming off eventful trips, Soldier's Dancer and Cozzi Capital, had no such traffic problems on Saturday, rebounding with victories in the $200,000 Calder Derby and $200,000 Calder Oaks, respectively.

Soldier's Dancer, an unlucky fourth three weeks earlier in the Needles Stakes, easily turned the tables on the three horses who finished in front of him that day, rallying to a convincing six-length victory over Imawildandcrazyguy, Fair Weather Stan, and Fearless Eagle in the Grade 3 Calder Derby.

With Cornelio Velasquez aboard for the first time since the pair teamed up to finish third in the Grade 2 Virginia Derby, Soldier's Dancer rated near mid-pack for the opening six furlongs of the 1 1/8-mile Calder Derby. The 3-2 favorite, he commenced his bid entering the far turn, then easily ran down Fearless Eagle near midstretch before drawing well clear at the end.

Imawildandcrazyguy lagged far back for more than six furlongs before rallying along the rail to finish second. Fair Weather Stan, upset winner of the Needles, rallied mildly to be third.

Soldier's Dancer, who captured the Grade 3 Tropical Derby under Velasquez in his 3-year-old debut, covered the distance in 1:52.21 over a yielding course and paid $5.

"This is the first time he's gotten a good, clean trip in his last three or four starts," said Dave Vivian who trains Soldier's Dancer for owner Herman Heinlein. "He's the best horse I've ever trained."

Cozzi Capital had finished third against older fillies and mares after steadying numerous times two weeks earlier in the Capital Request Stakes. But with Belmont Park's leading rider, Eibar Coa, aboard for the first time, Cozzi Capital had no such problems en route to a half-length decision over Snow Cone in the Oaks.

Cozzi Capital was unhurried behind the slow pace set by Casa Mimaty, advanced readily once entering the stretch, overtook the leader inside the sixteenth pole, then withstood Snow Cone's belated rally. Lady Digby, the 6-5 favorite in a scratch-reduced field of seven 3-year-old fillies, was never a serious factor, finishing a nonthreatening fourth after trailing for much of the trip.

Cozzi Capital, a daughter of Cozzene, returned $9.40, covering the 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:53.10. She is trained by Herman Wilensky, who is also part-owner of the filly along with D and E Horses.

"Eibar rode her perfectly," said Wilensky. "She's had some rough trips, but she did what she was supposed to do and closed pretty good in the stretch over the soft going."

Longshots strike early, late

Longshots dominated the early stakes races on the card with a pair of 20-1 shots, Arealhotlover and Yes He's the Man, winning the $90,000 Cassidy Stakes and $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap, respectively.

Arealhotlover ($43.60) slipped through along the rail, overtook the tiring leader in early stretch, and drew away to a 2 3/4-length decision over Permanent Makeup in the 5 1/2-furlong Cassidy for 2-year-old fillies, finishing in 1:05.38. Yonagucci, the 2-1 favorite, finished seventh after steadying several times from tight quarters along the rail.

Carlos Olivero rode Arealhotlover for trainer Kathleen O'Connell.

Yes He's the Man ($42.80) made all the pace before pulling away to a convincing 4 3/4-length triumph over the 9-5 favorite, Electrify, in the 1 1/16-mile Spend a Buck in 1:45.14. Summer Book rallied belatedly to finish third.

Yes He's the Man, a 4-year-old son of Yes It's True, was ridden by jockey Julio Garcia for trainer J. David Braddy.

The 7-year-old Supervisor, who had rallied from last to finish sixth in the Spend a Buck, collapsed and died after the race.

Later in the day, Amazing Speed continued the trend of upsets on the undercard with a head victory over fellow longshots Gadolinium and Saffronista in the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap for older fillies and mares. The even-money entry of Scooter Girl and Funny Annie both finished off the board. Scooter Girl was the victim of an eventful trip, steadied repeatedly along the rail around the second turn.

Amazing Speed ($21.60) was ridden to victory by Carlos Olivero for trainer Jose Garoffalo.

Olivaro came right back 30 minutes later to guide Carson's Legacy to a record setting 6 3/4- length victory over Surrealdeal in the $90,000 Birdonthewire Stakes. Carson's Legacy's final time of 1:04 set a 5 1/2-furlong track record.

Carson's Legacy ($6.40), a son of Carson City, is trained by Gerald Procino.