The second legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder belonged to trainer Kathleen O’Connell and owner Gil Campbell.
After winning the Desert Vixen and Dr. Fager divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes with Scandalous Act and My Brown Eyed Guy, it was no surprise that O’Connell and Campbell had the morning-line favorites.
Scandalous Act continued to show her dominance while cruising to an 8 ¾-length victory over Quinnkat with jockey Antonio Gallardo aboard in the Susan’s Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series.
Gallardo almost missed his chance at riding Scandalous Act and earning his third win of the day. After winning both the Lindsay Frolic and the Catcharisingstar Stakes, Gallardo was on his way to ride at Gulfstream Park when he got the call to ride Scandalous Act. Jockey Eduardo Nunez was slated for the mount, but fell off of Lovely Lexi in the Catcharisingstar Stakes. Though Nunez walked off the field, he was taken to the hospital for observation as a precaution.
“I had one horse at Gulfstream, but when I heard about Eddie, I called the Jockey’s Room (at Gulfstream) to make the change,” said Gallardo. “I made it all the way to the parking lot, but decided to come back for the stake. I’ve never run with this filly, but she ran like the last time. It was a longer distance with seven furlongs, but it was an easy win.”
With her win in the Susan’s Girl, Scandalous Act boosted her career earnings to $147,620.
In the Affirmed division of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series, My Brown Eyed Guy chalked up his third consecutive win after finishing two lengths ahead of Jacks or Better Farm’s Best Plan Yet – the same order of finish as the Dr. Fager division last month. Gallardo again stepped in the irons in place of Nunez.
“First time I’ve ever won four,” said Gallardo. “And four stakes – I can’t believe it.”
“It was great,” said O’Connell about winning both races. “Both horses have trained super-well into it so that’s all you can hope. It’s a little bittersweet because Eddie’s been a big part of the team for years but I’m very happy for Antonio – he rides a lot for me. It makes it nice so at least they’ve worked the horses so they have a little feel for them instead of just starting out cold.”
With his win in the Affirmed, My Brown Eyed Guy brought his career earnings $154,730.