07/16/2008 11:00PM

Wolfson has early, late threats


MIAMI - Trainer Marty Wolfson will have all bases covered when he sends out the speedy Eclisse and stretch-running Dancing Band as a non-coupled entry in Saturday's $55,000 Ms Brookski Stakes at Calder. The Ms Brookski is carded at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf and drew a full field of a dozen fillies and mares.

Eclisse figures to be part of a lively pace scenario in the Ms Brookski. A speedy daughter of Ski Chief, she has set the pace in all six of her starts this season, three of them Grade 3 events. In the All Along Breeders' Cup at Colonial Downs on June 21, she opened a long lead before settling for second behind Lady Digby. In her previous start, Eclisse led throughout for an easy 3 1/2-length triumph over Annabill in the Sara's Success Stakes, a race switched from the turf to a wet-fast main track.

Dancing Band finished fourth after making a strong run along the hedge turning for home in the All Along. Like her stablemate Eclisse, she won her last local appearance, rallying to a 1 1/2-length optional claiming victory in her 2008 debut on June 5.

While Eclisse does not figure to be outrun for the lead breaking from post 4 in the Ms Brookski, she should be pressed into some honest fractions with Silversider, Flankers Lady, and Foret in the lineup.

Silversider has also been in front during the early stages in each of her last four starts, including the Liberada Stakes on June 28, in which she led until late stretch before being run down by Saint Knows.

Flankers Lady and Foret both hail from the barn of trainer Kathleen O'Connell, and like the Wolfson pair will race as separate betting interests. Flankers Lady figures to improve off her last start, when she finished a tiring fifth in the Liberada while stretching out around two turns for the first time.

Saint Knows has shown marked improvement since turning from a seemingly one-dimensional speed horse into a closer, somewhat by accident. She rallied to an impressive second-level allowance win following a poor start on June 14. She then used similar stretch-running tactics just two weeks later to beat Silversider and Private Betty in the Liberada.

Personnel changes at Calder

Ted Nicholson, a vice president at Churchill Downs Inc., has been named to oversee the facility and operations at Calder Race Course until a permanent replacement can be found for former track president Ken Dunn, who was relieved of those duties just prior to the opening of the 2008 meet in April. Dunn remains on as a consultant at Calder through July 31.

"Ted will work at Calder to oversee the operations during the transition period and will remain there until a permanent replacement for Ken Dunn is found," said Kevin Flanery, senior vice president of public affairs at CDI. "We've also done some other restructuring of our staffing at Calder due to the realities of the economy and as part of our ongoing operations, although we cannot comment on individual personnel issues."

According to sources close to the situation, four employees were terminated on Thursday, including Michael Abes, who joined the Calder team as assistant treasurer in 1990 and has served as vice president and general manager as well as treasurer at the track since 2004.