08/13/2008 11:00PM

Trio provide plenty of speed in Dr. Fager


MIAMI - You Luckie Mann, Red Nation, and Big Drama are all fast. Very fast. The question is whether the speed that has served them so well during the early stages of their careers could prove to be a detriment when the trio square off for the first time in Saturday's $100,000 Dr. Fager Stakes at Calder.

The Dr. Fager and its filly counterpart, the $100,000 Desert Vixen, kick off the 2008 Florida Stallion Stakes series and highlight an outstanding 12-race card that also includes the $55,000 Band Is Passing and Donthelumbertrader overnight stakes on the turf.

You Luckie Mann will go postward as the favorite in the six-furlong Dr. Fager after dominating his competition with a 14 3/4-length victory when launching his career July 26. A son of Exchange Rate, You Luckie Mann earned an 84 Beyer Speed Figure after leading at every call to capture his debut in scintillating fashion.

"He's a very mature horse for having run only once, and he always relaxes in the morning, so I don't see why he cannot win from off the pace if need be on Saturday," said Marty Wolfson, who trains You Luckie Mann for Kramer Stables LLC. "I also love the post we drew. It should enable him to sit right off the leaders."

Jermaine Bridgmohan will again have the assignment on You Luckie Mann, who will break from post 10 in a 12-horse field.

Red Nation has either been very good or very unlucky in four previous starts. The speedster was knocked about and lost his rider while launching his career this spring at Gulfstream Park, but he returned to win his maiden in impressive fashion by nearly seven lengths in his local debut. A son of Concorde's Tune, Red Nation again suffered when his saddle slipped during the running of the B L's Sweep Stakes, but he bounced right back with a wire-to-wire, 2 1/4-length triumph in the Frank Gomez Memorial.

Big Drama has yet to be headed during the early stages of his only two starts. He followed a third-place finish at 6 1/2 furlongs in his debut with an easy 7 1/4-length maiden special weight victory when trainer David Fawkes turned him back to six furlongs three weeks later.

This Ones for Phil earned the second-highest Beyer in the field, behind only You Luckie Mann, receiving an 81 for his six-length maiden win July 27, although all three of his previous starts have come against claiming opposition.

Bee Cee Cee and his uncoupled stablemate, Ideal Exchange, both add blinkers for the Dr. Fager. Bee Cee Cee was the early leader of the local 2-year-old division after winning his first two starts in impressive fashion, including the B L's Sweep before finishing a disappointing fourth in the Frank Gomez. Both youngsters are trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. and figure to benefit from a hotly contested pace.

La Chica Sensual will likely be favored in the Desert Vixen off her second-place finish behind runaway winner Additional Prayer in the J J'sdream Stakes. Additional Prayer is not eligible for the stallion series.

Tiger's Song could prove the one to beat, despite the fact that she finished 13 lengths behind La Chica Sensual in the J J'sdream.

"She wrenched an ankle in that race, but that seems to be behind us now," said Tiger's Song's trainer, Milt Wolfson, who sent out Tiger's Song to work a blistering half-mile in 46.20 seconds earlier this week.

Six members of the Desert Vixen field enter the race off victories: Black Russian, Diced N Sliced, Tailbytherail, Lola's Ridge, Trisha's Wish, and Trippi's Greatstar. Oilgonewile, an impressive debut winner earlier this summer, finished second in her most recent start.

The Band Is Passing will feature the return of Soldier's Dancer, weather permitting, who has not started since winning Tampa Bay Downs's Turf Classic on April 5. The turf specialist captured the Grade 3 Calder Derby here last fall. The field also includes the versatile Imawildandcrazyguy, runner-up to Soldier's Dancer in the 2007 Calder Derby.

Finallymadeit and Rehoboth would both benefit if the Band Is Passing comes off the grass.

Dynhocracy returns from New York to head the 7 1/2-furlong Donthelumbertrader for 3-year-olds. Dynhocracy will make his first start over the local course since finishing a late-running and troubled fourth behind Cowboy Cal in the Grade 3 Tropical Park Derby on New Year's Day.