Gilbert Campbell’s My Brown Eyed Guy and Scandalous Act dominated the Florida Stallion Stakes events at Calder on Saturday.
My Brown Eyed Guy went into the gate as the favorite, and showed every bit of his talent with his win in the $75,000 Dr. Fager Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.
Conditioned by Calder-based trainer Kathleen O’Connell and ridden by jockey Eddie Nunez, My Brown Eyed Guy brought the group back into the winner’s circle for the Dr. Fager Division exactly one year after Two T’s At Two B won in 2012 for Campbell and O’Connell with Nunez aboard.
After battling his way into the first turn with Copa Del Rey, My Brown Eyed Guy sprang into the lead coming into the stretch, and held on from the fast-approaching Best Plan Yet, who came up for second.
“I had the one (hole),” said winning jockey Eddie Nunez. “I had to come off running from there and get position so I could get the lead. I got lucky, I went to the lead, and he still kept going.”
My Brown Eyed Guy returned $4.20, $2.80, and $2.10 for the win as the post-time favorite. Best Plan Yet paid $4 and $2.60 for second, and Copa Del Rey returned $2.20 for third.
It was then Scandalous Act’s turn, as she took down the $75,000 Desert Vixen Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes in an impressive win for the Campbell, O’Connell, and Nunez trio.
“It means a lot because I love the babies; that is my whole focus,” said O’Connell. “To me, it is a big accomplishment. The mother is proud of the children.”
“I knew if she broke good she was going to be tough,” said winning jockey Eddie Nunez.
After setting the pace with times of 22.33, 46.66, and 59.25, Scandalous Act not only broke well, but she won by 7 ½ lengths. She was never really challenged by the rest of the field; the post-time favorite Holiday Magic made her bid in the stretch, but ultimately could not catch the runaway Scandalous Act.
Scandalous Act returned $8, $3.20, and $3.40 for the win. Holiday Magic paid $2.80 and $2.20 for second, and Quinnkat returned $8.20 for third.
The Florida Stallion Stakes continue with the $125,000-estimated Affirmed and Susan’s Girl divisions as part of the annual Juvenile Showcase at Calder on Aug. 24 before culminating with the $300,000-estimated In Reality and My Dear Girl divisions on the Oct. 12 Festival of the Sun card.