Calder notebook

Frolic’s Revenge avenges previous losses at Calder

 

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Frolic’s Revenge ended a five-race winless streak and indicated that she is back in top form by defeating Awesome Belle by 4 1/2 lengths in Saturday’s feature race at Calder Casino & Race Course.

My Pal Chrisy finished third, another 3 1/4 lengths back in the $40,000 allowance race for fillies and mares 3-year-old and up.

The three top finishers all won Calder stakes races last year.

Frolic’s Revenge, ridden by Edgard Zayas, raced in third place through a half-mile and then surged past the leaders coming around the turn to win the one-mile dirt race in 1:39.23.

Calder moved the race from turf to dirt following rain showers Saturday morning.

The 4-year-old Frolic’s Revenge was sent off at 9-2, fourth-highest odds in the six-horse field.

In the spring of 2012, she won three consecutive Calder stakes races for 3-year-olds.

“She has been in some tough races this year,” said her trainer, Milt Wolfson. “She has gained weight in the last month and looked strong [Saturday].”

Frolic’s Revenge has won stakes on turf and dirt.

“I’m not sure when we’ll run her next because of what’s going on here,” Wolfson said.

He was referring to the dispute over upcoming race dates between Calder and Gulfstream Park.

Both tracks are scheduled to race every Saturday and Sunday from July 2013 through June 2014.

Officials of the two tracks met on Tuesday at Gulfstream to discuss possible ways of calling off that head-to-head racing. By picking those schedules in February, each track gained leverage for ongoing negotiations.

Officials at both tracks have said that Gulfstream has offered to lease part of Calder’s racing operations, move some of its race days to Gulfstream and avoid head-to-head racing.

“They [Gulfstream and Calder] are talking this weekend and seem optimistic that they will have an agreement this week,” said Phil Combest, a trainer and owner who is president of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association.

Summit Preview

Calder will have its annual Summit Preview next Saturday with four stakes races — all with $75,000 purses at six furlongs on dirt.

Many of the horses in Saturday’s races will be back at Calder on July 6 for the Summit of Speed. That day, Calder will have four graded stakes races at six furlong on dirt.

Itsmyluckyday

After finishing second to Oxbow in the Preakness Stakes (Grade 2) on May 18, Itsmyluckyday will get a one-month break from racing.

“His next race will be the Pegasus at Monmouth Park,” Eddie Plesa Jr., the trainer of Itsmyluckyday, said Friday.

The Pegasus (Grade 3) will be 1 1/16 miles on June 16.

Plesa is using it as a prep for Itsmyluckyday for the 1 1/8-mile Haskell (Grade 1) on July 28 at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.

Plesa will not run Itsmyluckyday in the Belmont Stakes (Grade 1) next Saturday even though he said, “I think he can handle the distance [1 1/2 miles].”

Plesa has horses at Monmouth Park and at Calder. Itsmyluckyday has won stakes at both tracks.

Itsmyluckyday began the Triple Crown series by finishing 15th in the Kentucky Derby on May 4.

Several days later Plesa said he “drew a line through the race” because Itsmyluckyday had difficulty with the sloppy track.

“We didn’t lose confidence in the horse, and he proved us right,” Plesa said.

At Gulfstrean this year, Itsmyluckyday won the Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull (Grade 3) and finished second to Orb in the Florida Derby (Grade 1).

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