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Florida Stallion Stakes Series Gets Underway at Calder

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This year’s Florida Stallion Stakes series kicks off for the 31st time this afternoon at Calder Casino and Race Course.

The six-race series for juveniles starts off with the Dr. Fager Division and the Desert Vixen Division for fillies.

Gilbert Campbell’s homebred colt Two T’s At Two B is the lone stakes winner among the Stallion Stakes entrants and is likely to go favored in the Dr. Fager off a 5 ¼-length win in the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes on June 30. Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, the son of Untuttable also prevailed in his career debut on May 19 when running off to win by 7 ¼ lengths.

Assigned post four in the Dr. Fager, Two T’s At Two B will be ridden by jockey Eddie Nunez.

On the same day Two T’s At Two B won the Frank Gomez Memorial, trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. was unveiling the BR Congress, LLC-owned first time starter Dixie High, a son of High Cotton that drew off to a convincing 3 ¾-length maiden-breaking win.

Off that impressive debut, Dixie High will look to upset Two T’s At Two B in the Dr. Fager for Plesa, an 11-time Stallion Stakes winner that is currently tied for second among trainers in the all-time series standings.

Dixie High will be ridden from post three by jockey Manoel Cruz, a 12-time Stallion Stakes winner.

While Two T’s At Two B looks a logical choice in the Dr. Fager, finding a standout in the seven-horse Desert Vixen field appears to be a more challenging task.

Ione and Herbert Elkins’ Putyourdreamsaway was a 5 ¼-length winner in her July 15 career debut, and that effort may prove impressive enough for the daughter of Put It Back to go favored in the Desert Vixen.

Trained by Bill Kaplan, a five-time Stallion Stakes winner, Putyourdreamsaway drew the rail for Saturday’s race and will be ridden by Juan Leyva.

Rose Family  Stable’s Anita’s comprise is the only filly in the Desert Vixen with stakes experience, exiting a third-place finish in the $100,000 J J’s Dream Stakes on June 30. Prior to that performance, the daughter of Comprise was an impressive 4 ¾-length maiden winner on May 5.

Starting from post four for trainer Barry Rose, Anita’s Comprise will be ridden by Jonathan Gonzales.

In addition to the two Stallion Stakes, Saturday’s 12-race program from Calder will also feature the $55,000 Ms Brookski, a one-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares that drew an overflow field of 12, with four also-eligibles, that includes the top four finishers from the $100,000 Hollywood Wildcat in Gary Aiken’s Callmethesqueeze, World Thoroughbred Racing, Inc. and Chad Stewart’s Brinca, Peter Fuller’s Trip for A. J., and Cairoli Racing’s Catch that Kitten.

–Calder Publicity contributed to this report.

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