Trainer Doug O’Neill, who is off to a strong start at Hollywood Park’s fall meet, will have starters in four of the eight stakes races today on the $1.3-million Florida Million program at Calder. The races are restricted to Florida-breds.
John Velazquez will ride two of O’Neill’s runners -- Dover Dere in the $150,000 Jack Price for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs, and Sigfreto in the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Handicap for older horses at 1 1/8 miles.
Jerry Bailey will ride Supah Blitz for O’Neill in the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic at 1 1/8 miles and Cornelio Velasquez will be aboard F J.'s Pace in $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap at six furlongs.
Supah Blitz will be making his first trip to Florida since he was purchased privately earlier this year. The 4-year-old Mecke colt probably will be an odds-on favorite this afternoon even though he has only one victory in 11 starts in 2004.
O’Neill also will have Areyoutalkintome and Lava Man in the $85,000 On Trust Handicap at 7 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood Park.
Race of the day: River Belle, who finished third in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on Oct. 16 at Keeneland, drops into an easier spot in the $150,000 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs. Kieren Fallon will ride the 3-year-old Lahib filly in the Grade II at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
One for the road: Willy o’the Valley has run well when fresh before and handles an off track, which is likely in New York, and can win for the fourth time in nine starts for trainer H. James Bond in the fifth at Aqueduct. Joe Bravo will ride the 3-year-old Will’s Way gelding in the $75,000 claimer at seven furlongs.
Exotically speaking: A pick three using Grayson Lear in the fourth, Norton Peak, Talega De Oro and Okie Dokie Kookie in the fifth and Domingo Juan and Lookn East in the sixth.
Winners (through Thursday): Previous day/meet total: 0/21. Money: Previous day/meet total: $0/$119.20. Total money bet: $116.