Calder Casino and Race Course have carded three stakes for the Saturday program, two of which are the track’s first two stakes of the year for 2-year-olds. The added-money action starts in the seventh race when 3-year-olds go one mile in the $55,000 American Dreamer Stakes then continues with the J J’s Dream Stakes as the tenth race and the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes as the eleventh. Both the J J’s Dream and Frank Gomez will be 2-year-olds going five and one-half furlongs – the J J’s Dream being for fillies and the Frank Gomez is open. Seven of the nine expected starters in the J J’s Dream are Florida-breds while all nine of the Gomez entrants were bred in the Sunshine State.
Jewel in the Sky is expected to be among the favorites in J J’s Dream, having defeated $40,000 maiden claimers by five and one-half lengths at Calder Jun. 9. Trained by Martin Wolfson for Farnsworth Stables LLC of Morriston, Fla., Jewel in the Sky was certainly popular in her last race at 3-5 as the odds-on favorite and also being claimed in only her second start. That race was also notable for her sire, Circular Quay, as it was his first winner as a stallion. Circular Quay (pron. circular key) stands at Journeyman Stud in Ocala. Jewel in the Sky was bred in Florida by Gilbert Campbell of Tyngsboro, Ma.
In her first start on May 26 at Calder, Jewel in the Sky finished second to fellow J J’s Dream entrant Salamera after leading that four and one-half furlong race for most of the way. Jewel in the Sky will be ridden in the J J’s Dream by jockey Jozbin Santana and they have drawn post number two.
Salamera will break further to the outside from post eight with jockey Angel Castillo aboard. The grey/roan filly has not started since defeating Jewel in the Sky in late May but comes into the J J’s Dream off of a solid :49 2/5 work Monday at Calder. Bred in Florida by her owners Tanourin Stable Inc. of Morriston, Fla., Salamera is trained by Rodolfo Garcia.
Impossible Mary breaks just to the inside of Salamera in gate seven and is another likely to garner plenty of support at the betting windows. Bred in Florida by Ocala Stud where her sire, Montbrook stands, Impossible Mary won her only race by nearly 10 lengths. That was May 26 at Calder against maiden special weight company going four and one-half furlongs. Impossible Mary is trained by Luis Olivares for Luis Hereu of Miramar, Fla., and she is also a $10,000 graduate of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company April Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. Carlos Olivero has been given the riding assignment.
Other contenders in the J J’s Dream expected to receive backing from the betting public include I Ain’t Gonna Lie, a four-length winner of her career debut May 19 at Calder; Sainted Dancer, a winner of his second race against maiden special weight runners at Calder Jun. 2; and Yes I’m Sweet, another who is undefeated in one start having won a Calder maiden special weight event Jun. 16 by a head.
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