Updated on 09/16/2011 8:22AM

A three-way replay


MIAMI - It will be deja vu on Saturday when Mr. Livingston, Tour of the Cat, and Unite's Big Red, the first three finishers from the Jackie Wackie Handicap on Apr. 28, meet once more in the $75,000 Carterista Handicap.

Bob Umphrey, Calder's racing secretary, expects a field of seven or eight turf specialists to square off in the 1 1/16-mile Carterista. Others expected to run are Marquette, Sejm's Madness, Tv Sports Director, and Wertz.

Mr. Livingston rallied to an easy three-length victory over Tour of the Cat in the Jackie Wackie, his first win since the Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap on Labor Day. Trainer Bill Kaplan also has Mr. Livingston nominated to Saturday's $200,000 Dixie Stakes on the Preakness day undercard at Pimlico.

The versatile Tour of the Cat has not finished worse than second in his last eight starts dating back to Sept. 9. Trained by Myra Mora for the Double G Stable, Tour of the Cat has registered three victories, all stakes, during that streak.

Unite's Big Red had gone more than two years between victories until upsetting Gulfstream's Equalize Stakes on March 16. Now 8, Unite's Big Red lost his best chance when he was forced to steady sharply along the hedge trying to slip inside the pacesetting Tour of the Cat on the far turn of the Jackie Wackie.

Sara's Success bruised

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., who plans to start Sejm's Madness in the Carterista, said Sara's Success came out of last Saturday's Nancy's Glitter Stakes with a badly bruised foot. Sara's Success finished fifth and last after being eased to the wire as the even money favorite in the Nancy's Glitter.

"I'm not sure when it happened, but I'm guessing it might have been when she stumbled leaving the gate," said Plesa. "She was a dead horse after five furlongs and that's just not her. I still think she's as good as or better than anything in that field when right."

Plesa said if Sara's Success makes a quick recovery he will consider running her back in the $150,000 Calder Breeders' Cup Handicap over the turf on May 25.

Umphrey reels in, releases big one

Closing entries on a regular basis or weighting handicap races will be a comparative breeze for Umphrey after the ordeal he went through last weekend to haul in a 140-pound sturgeon while deep-sea fishing at Islamorada in the Florida Keys.

Umphrey needed more than 40 minutes before finally getting his prize onto the boat, after which he released his catch.

"I couldn't believe my eyes when he first broke water and I saw what I had on my line," said Umphrey. "What a thrill. It was unbelievable. And talk about a struggle. I was exhausted by the time we got him up to the boat."

While Umphrey did not bring home his catch, he does have pictures and an eyewitness, former trainer Jack Ludwig, as proof this just wasn't another fish tale about the one that got away.

* A field of six 3-year-old fillies will go one mile in Friday's $35,000 Cut the Charm Stakes. Stormy Frolic, among the leaders of her division here at 2 but a disappointment since she captured the Tropical Oaks by nearly seven lengths on New Year's Day, seeks to get back on the winning track against a field that includes Tasso Run, Hot as a Pistol, Chit Chatter, Four Pennies, and Starbrow.

* Abel Castellano Jr. got into the fray for leading rider honors at the meet after winning four races on Monday. Castellano's victories included an easy tally aboard Highway Prospector for trainer Paul Brettler in the $29,000 main event, decided under high-priced optional claiming and allowance conditions.