05/31/2007 11:00PM

Stakes-placed trio drop into allowance race


MIAMI - Three stakes-placed 3-year-olds drop back into the allowance ranks and stretch out around two turns in the $28,000 main event Sunday at Calder.

Pop Goes the Tiger, Dippi Trippi, and James Wilfred have all had success at the stakes level, although all three still are seeking their first victory of the season in Sunday's one-mile race.

Pop Goes the Tiger - who is coupled in the wagering with stablemate Dukes Flying Tiger - and James Wilfred finished second and third behind Double Colico in the Naked Greed Stakes at Calder on April 29. Pop Goes the Tiger has since finished third despite trouble against the graded stakes-caliber Izzies Halo going 6 1/2 furlongs under second-level allowance conditions May 21.

James Wilfred has kept a steady diet of stakes company this year, including running against Kentucky Derby starters Any Given Saturday and Storm in May. James Wilfred was third behind Any Given Saturday in the Sam Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, and a slow-starting, fast-finishing fifth to Storm in May in the Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream Park.

Dippi Trippi finished nearly two lengths behind Pop Goes the Tiger under allowance conditions here two weeks earlier, while making his first start since being pulled up around the turn of Gulfstream's seven-furlong Aventura Stakes on March 31. A speedy son of Trippi, Dippi Trippi finished third in Tampa Bay's seven-furlong Pasco Stakes in January and figures to be part of the early pace on Sunday along with Classic Moon.

Legacy Reserve, who is also stakes-placed, returns to south Florida for the first time since finishing far back in the Foolish Pleasure Breeders' Cup Stakes at Calder in September. A son of Cherokee Run, Legacy Reserve is the most accomplished member of the field around two turns, having won both his maiden and first-level allowance condition going a route of ground.

Legacy Reserve shipped into trainer Marty Wolfson's barn following a fourth-place finish behind Longley under second-level allowance conditions at Delaware Park on May 16.

Sunday's card also features the first winner's race for 2-year-olds in south Florida this year. A field of five juveniles, including three fillies, will go 4 1/2 furlongs under entry-level allowance conditions.

Money to Burn and Successful Sarah, both 5o1/4-length maiden winners under $40,000 claiming tags, might vie for favoritism in a field that also includes Bea Image, Viva La Slew, and Crimson Ore.

Over 800 still stallion stakes-eligible

A total of 816 2-year-olds remain eligible for Calder's $1.3 million Florida Stallion Stakes in 2007. They represent nearly 100 stallions, including promising freshman sire Macho Uno.

Notable winners of Florida Stallion Stakes races over the years include Holy Bull, Smile, Brave Raj, and Not Surprising, who all went on to win Eclipse Awards.

Purses were raised for the first two rounds of this year's stallion stakes. The Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen divisions on Aug. 11 are now worth $100,000 each, and the Affirmed and Susan's Girl on Sept. 1 are worth $150,000.