E B Ryder rallies by Love to Score


E B Ryder made her move in the stretch to edge out Love to Score for her second win at Calder this year.

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E B Ryder continued her strong Calder Casino & Race Course season on Saturday with a 1 1/2-length victory over Love to Score in the day’s feature race, a one-mile turf allowance for 3-year-old fillies.

E B Ryder, ridden by Hugo Sanchez, rallied from fourth place at the top of the stretch and won in 1:37.63.

She was the 6-5 favorite in the race with a $32,000 purse, ran in light rain on a course listed as good. Stars Collide finished third in the eight-horse field.

The win was the second for E B Ryder in three Calder races this year.

Her only loss was by a nose to Street Girl in the Calder Oaks on April 21.

Marty Wolfson trains E B Ryder. She was bred and owned by Farnsworth Stables, led by the father-son team of Rob and Nyron Miller, who live in Palm Beach County.

Gulfstream will have eight races on Sunday with first post time of 12:50 p.m.

The featured seventh race is the $55,000 Mambo Meister Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf for 3-year-olds.

Reporting Star is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the 11-horse field. This year, she finished second in the Calder Derby on dirt and third in the Palm Beach Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Park.

Dates dispute

As Calder and Gulfstream prepare for the start of head-to-head racing on July 6, they also are talking about ways to avoid that competition in which it would be difficult for either to make a profit.

Since late April, there have been several meetings between officials of Louisville, Ky.-based Churchill Downs Inc., Calder’s parent company, and Ontario-based Stronach Group, Gulfstream’s parent company.

There have been reports in racing industry publications that Gulfstream is again seeking to lease some 2013 racing dates from Calder and move them to Gulfstream.

Calder reviewed those proposals early this year. But Calder vice president and general manager John Marshall felt they were too complex, especially in a short time frame before the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering’s Feb. 28 deadline for racetracks to pick race dates for the period between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

The dates dispute began last December when Gulfstream said that it planned to keep its five-day schedule from December through early April and add Saturdays and Sundays for the remainder of the year.

After efforts to reach a compromise failed, Calder decided to race on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the 12 months starting this July. Until then, Calder will race on Thursdays through Sundays.

Gulfstream’s next race day will be June 25. It also will have racing on July 1 and July 4.

Preakness Stakes

Itsmyluckyday will run in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, his trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said Friday.

Itsmyluckyday, whose home track is Calder, finished 15th in the 19-horse field in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The track was sloppy at Churchill Downs.

“He was never comfortable with the track, and I could see that when they came past the finish line the first time,” Plesa said. “So I am drawing a line through the race.”

Itsmyluckyday was in sixth place after a half mile in the Kentucky Derby before falling back in the field.

Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner, will head a Preakness field that probably will have at least 11 horses.

At Gulfstream, Itsmyluckyday won the Fountain of Youth and finished second to Orb in the Florida Derby.

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