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Calhoun Duo Impresses in Working Toward Upcoming Stakes

Posted Friday, May 18, 2012

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Fire Alarm, who last out placed ninth in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby on April 1, and five-year-old mare Cascabella turned heads on Friday morning when they went out onto the track after the break. Cascabella worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 and Fire Alarm was only two ticks behind in 1:00.80.

            “They are being pointed to two stakes. Fire Alarm will go in the Lamplighter (to be run on Saturday, May 26 at 1 1/16 on the turf for $60,000) and Cascabella is going in the Monmouth Beach (on Sunday, May 27 at 1 mile 70 yards on the main track with a $75,000 purse),” said Tom Morgan, assistant to trainer Brett Calhoun. “We ran Fire Alarm in the Louisiana Derby to see if he was that kind of horse and he wasn’t. He’s got a grass pedigree on his mother’s side so we’ll try him on the turf and see if it works. She was third (in the $75,000 Red Bud Stakes) at Oaklawn last out and really dug in and hung in despite a bad ride. So we expect her to run really big in the Monmouth Beach.”

            Calhoun, who will operate a 30-horse stable here during the meet, is sending a division to the Northeast for the first time. He notched his first Breeders’ Cup win when Chamberlain Bridge captured the Turf Sprint in 2010.

            Through May 17, he ranked fifth among all North American trainers in victories with 69 from 288 starts for a 24% win percentage and his horses have earned $2,257,753.

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