01/01/2011 7:14PM

Twocleverforwords registers biggest win of career in Stage Door Betty

Jim Lisa
Toocleverforwords wins her second straight stakes and first graded race in the Grade 3 Stage Door Betty.

MIAMI - Toocleverforwords made her graded stakes debut a winning one when she rallied to a one-length victory over the iron filly Joanie’s Catch in Saturday’s $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap at Calder.

Toocleverforwords, a 5-year-old daughter of Arch, was purchased privately by her present owner the Farnsworth Stables LLC and turned over to trainer Marty Wolfson shortly after winning an entry-level allowance race last spring in New York. She returned her first big dividends in her final start of 2010 in October when she rallied to an impressive victory in an overnight stakes at Calder while earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 99.

Wolfson gave Toocleverforwords ample time to recuperate from that performance and she responded with another big effort in the Grade 3 Stage Door Betty. Rating within easy striking distance just off the pace set surprisingly by a hard-ridden Even Road, Toocleverforwords angled out leaving the backstretch, caught Joanie’s Catch leaving the furlong grounds, and gradually edged clear. It was another 4 1/4 lengths farther back to Striking Distance, who raced within striking distance but came up empty through the stretch.

Funny Moon was taken back near the rear of the pack, then fanned six wide leaving the final turn while attempting to rally and was ultimately eased across the wire to finish 11th and last as the 7-5 favorite.

Toocleverforwords completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.39 over a fast track and paid $8.80.

“She hasn’t run for two and a half months for no other reason than there haven’t been any dirt races for her and I didn’t want to go back to turf,” said Wolfson.

Dynamic Holiday gets up by nose in Tropical Oaks

Dynamic Holiday rallied from just off the pace then outgamed A Brillilant Idea to post a nose decision in the $65,000 Tropical Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. Triune, who set a contested pace, succumbed grudgingly through the final sixteenth of a mile and finished another 1 1/2 lengths farther back as the 5-2 favorite.

Dynamic Holiday, a 3-year-old daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, is owned by Augustin Stables and trained by Graham Motion. She was ridden to victory by Julien Leparoux and returned $9.

“She put me in the race early, then relaxed very well,” said Leparoux. “She gave me a good run and a nice move. Another two or three jumps and we might have been defeated.”

King Congie overtakes Private Prizes in Tropical Derby

King Congie overcame her own immaturity to outfinish pace setter Private Prizes by a half length to capture the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby for 3-year-olds. The Tropical Park Derby, traditionally the first graded stakes of the New Year, was stripped of its graded status in 2011 by the National Graded Stakes Committee.

King Congie, who went off at odds of 43-1 when he won his maiden in his turf debut in November, was bet down to 7-2 for the 1 1/16-mile Tropical Park Derby and returned $9. A son of Badge of Silver, King Congie is trained by Tom Albertrani for West Point Thoroughbreds.     

With jockey Javier Castellano aboard, King Congie raced within easy striking distance during the early going, forged to a short advantage outside pacesetter Private Prizes approaching the stretch, and despite drifting steadily through the final furlong was able to edge away from that rival approaching the wire.

Private Prizes was easily second best, finishing 2 1/2lengths in front of the 3-2 favorite Swift Warrior.

“We didn’t get the results we were hoping for on dirt, that’s why we went to turf for his last start and obviously that worked out well,” said Albertrani. “We’ll keep him on turf now and point for the races at Gulfstream.”