Calder Casino & Race Course will end its 2012 season Friday with a 12-race card topped by two Grade 3 turf stakes.
The $100,000 La Prevoyante is 1 1/2 miles for fillies and mares 3-year-old and up.
The $100,000 Tropical Turf is 1 1/8 miles for males 3-years-old and up.
The La Prevoyante has an eight-horse field with Clarinet, Ciao Bella and Havant as likely favorites.
Clarinet and Ciao Bella are coming off strong races at 1 1/2 miles on turf.
Clarinet won the Flaming Page Stakes on Sept. 29 at Woodbine in Etobicoke, Ont. Joe Bravo willl ride her for trainer Josie Carroll.
Ciao Bella. a 3-year-old, finished second in the Dowager Stakes on Oct. 21 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. She has the prominent connections of trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez.
Havant, trained by turf specialist Christophe Clement, is making her second North American start after a summer in which she finished second in two stakes races in France.
Jose Lezcano has the mount.
The Tropical Turf has 11 entrants and should not have a short-odds favorite.
Hollinger is the 3-1 morning favorite. He finished third in last year’s Tropicl Turf and early this year finished second and third in graded turf stakes at Gulfstream Parl.
• Gulfstream will open its 2012-2013 racing season Saturday.
It will have the Claiming Crown, a national event with seven stakes restricted to horses that have raced at least once fpr a claiming price in 2011 or 2012. Many of them have since built good records in stakes races.
• Bennie Stutts Jr., a popular long-time Calder trainer, has retired at age 74.
His best known horse was Smooth Air, who in 2008 finished second in the Florida Derby and 11th in the Kentucky Derby.
The colt that Stutts and his wife called “Smoothie” later won three stakes races for Stutts before being retired in 2009.