At the other end of the spectrum, Easton and Elsaida DeSouza’s Candy Coded Kisses turned the juvenile filly division on end with a surprising upset in the $75,000-estimated Desert Vixen Division.
Trained by Kathleen O’Connell and ridden from post four by jockey Eddie Nunez, Two T’s At Two B was rather aggressive through the early stages of the Dr. Fager, charging to the front the moment the gate latch was sprung to show the way through opening splits in :22.09 and :45.75.
“He wanted to go right to the lead, and I wasn’t going to fight it,” Nunez said.
Two T’s At Two B held a three-length advantage at the head of the lane and extended that margin effortlessly under the wire, prevailing by 3 3/4 lengths while running the six-furlong distance in 1:11.68.
“When he came to the three-eighths pole, I asked him to take off,” Nunez said. “He opened up his lead, and when I saw that no one was coming to us, I eased up on him. Everything he does, he does like a professional horse.”
Two T’s At Two B paid $3.20, $2.20, and $2.10 for his popular win. Dixie High returned $2.80 and $2.20 when second, while Billos Boy paid $3.40 for third.
The victory was the third straight for Two T’s At Two B, an unbeaten son of Stonehedge stallion Untuttable that has won his three races by a combined 16 ¼ lengths and is now a two-time stakes winner, adding a victory in the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes on June 30 to his Saturday score. The colt boasts earnings of $132,135.
One race after Two T’s At Two B ran as expected winning the Dr. Fager, Candy Coded Kisses tossed expectations aside when running off to a four-length victory in the Desert Vixen at odds of 24-1.
“I was confident going into the race and the fact she won doesn’t really surprise me,” winning jockey Cecilio Penalba said. “But I think a lot of people are probably surprised right now.”
Starting from post seven, Candy Coded Kisses was content to track pacesetter Talent N Passion from second through an opening quarter in :22.15 before wrestling the lead from that rival as the fillies hit the half-mile marker in :46.08.
From there, Candy Coded Kisses opened up a clear advantage on the field and was never truly threatened in the stretch, gliding home comfortably to win by four lengths while covering the six-furlong trip in1:12.27.
“If she can be on the lead, the plan was to be on the lead,” Penalba said. “But that other filly went, and my filly was happy to put herself in that early position. And then, when I asked her to go, she did it very easy.”
Candy Coded Kisses returned $51.40, $13.00, and $5.00 for her shocking victory. Putyourdreamsaway paid $3.00 and $2.80 when finishing second, while third-place finisher So Blessed returned $4.40.
Saturday’s victory was the second straight for Candy Coded Kisses, who broke her maiden by a neck on July 6 in a $50,000 maiden-claimer against male rivals. The daughter of Omega Code has a lifetime bankroll of $60,370.
The Florida Stallion Stakes continue with the Affirmed and Susan’s Girl divisions as part of the annual Juvenile Showcase at Calder on Aug. 25 before culminating with the In Reality and My Dear Girl divisions on the Oct. 13 Festival of the Sun card.
–Calder Publicity contributed to this report.
Two T’s at Two B/Coady photo