Updated on 09/16/2011 9:16AM

White barn a hotbed of youth movement


MIAMI - Saturday's $100,000 Brave Raj and Foolish Pleasure Stakes will provide many of the top 2-year-olds on the Calder grounds a first opportunity to try their luck around two turns.

For some, the races are a chance to get in a valuable prep before the final legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes on Oct. 12.

Among the leading candidates for the Brave Raj is the undefeated Puxa Saco, a member of leading trainer Bill White's talent-rich barn of 2-year-olds.

Puxa Saco won her debut over a sloppy track by 7 1/2 lengths, then came back four weeks later to defeat first-level allowance company by 1 1/4 lengths despite a slow start.

"I love the way she's coming up to this race," said White. "From a maiden win to a class check again winners and now into a two-turn stakes. Unfortunately she's not eligible for the Stallion Series."

White has a bevy of talented 2-year-old fillies in his barn this summer. The best of those may be Lavender Lass, who romped over maiden allowance company by 11 lengths in her only start.

"I think she's a quality filly with a long future, so I didn't want to rush her back after her maiden win," White said of Lavender Lass.

"I'm of the opinion that if you have a 2-year-old filly who runs a big race the first time out and you don't give her a fair amount of time between races, there's a good chance she'll go in the other direction. And once they do that it's hard to get them to reverse and get back in the right direction again."

White plans to run Lavender Lass in a six-furlong allowance race here Sunday, and if she performs well would consider trying her in the final leg of the Stallion Stakes, the $400,000 Susan's Girl Stakes.

While White's cup runneth over with talented 2-year-old fillies, he had been rather light on the male side of the ledger until he sent out True Enough to register an easy victory on Saturday.

True Enough is by Is It True out of Ronique, which makes him a half-brother to Kiss a Native. White also trained Kiss a Native, who won the final two legs of the 1999 Stallion Stakes after successfully launching his career racing for a $32,000 claiming price.

"True Enough has worked well, and we knew he was a quality colt all along," said White. "I guess you could say his performance Saturday was a lot less of a surprise to us than Kiss a Native's when he first ran."

While White is excited about True Enough, he will temper his enthusiasm until the youngster can repeat his impressive debut performance.

"You see it happen all the time, where young horses run very well against maidens but are not the same when they come back against winners," said White.

"I'll reserve judgment on True Enough until he runs at least once more."

Like Puxa Saco, True Enough is also ineligible for the Stallion Stakes series.

Super Fuse to prep for Birdonthewire

Another top 2-year-old who will be in action against allowance company here this weekend is Super Fuse, according to his trainer, Richard Ciardullo.

Super Fuse earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 99, at the time the second-highest Beyer Figure recorded by any juvenile in the country, winning his first start on Aug. 3. Since the gelding is ineligible for the Stallion Stakes, Ciardullo shipped him to Delaware, where he stumbled at the break and finished off the board as the odds-on favorite in the NATC Futurity.

"He fell on his face leaving the gate, gathered himself up to get back in the race, then had the track get the best of him," said Ciardullo.

"That track had to be seven lengths slower than this one at Calder that day. He strained his shoulder slightly when he stumbled but has recovered nicely and trained well since returning home.

"I'll run him in an allowance race Saturday and then back in the Birdonthewire," a $75,000 race on Oct. 12.

A rich early Chavez double

Apprentice Luis Chavez won both ends of Sunday's early daily double, including the second race aboard Letmewreckem, who paid $127.20 to win. The double combining Letmewreckem with Diana's Count returned $551.40

Chavez is the leading apprentice on the grounds and fifth in the overall standings.