Dual Exhauzt is one of 10 horses from as many entrants coming into the Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap off a win or a runner-up finish. (Photo courtesy of Coady Photography)
$150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap
Race 10 at Calder Race Course
Saturday, November 10 – Post Time 4:23 p.m. EST
Six Furlongs, for 3-year-olds and older
A field of 10 sprinters will line up to contest the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap at Calder Race Course, with all 10 coming into the race with a win or a runner-up finish in their most recent start. Among the most consistent is Bull Dozer, who finished seventh in last year’s edition of the race but who has won three straight races on the main track at Calder and in powerful fashion. Off the Jak enters the Jack Dudley on a two-race win streak started after a short break, and with both victories coming at Calder he could be ready to earn his first stakes win. Golden Mystery, a female taking on males, wasn’t disgraced a bit when second in the Mike Sherman Memorial Stakes behind 2011 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) winner Musical Romance in her most recent race and is another with a legitimate shot at success. Dual Exhauzt won the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap on this track last month and, having earned all four career wins at Calder, just adds more competition to this very deep field. Another recent winner is Cajun Breeze, who finished second in the Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes in January to prove he belongs at this level. No Lift Shift has won two in a row and could be the type of 3-year-old who peaks in the fall, so he can’t be ruled out. Kenny Noe second- and third-place finishers, respectively, Black Diamond Cat and Close It Out, are just two more that have been competitive versus similar foes recently. Abdel’s Ghost chased Bull Dozer home when second in his last race while Bahamian Squall did the same behind Off the Jak, so both might be good for a big piece of the purse once more.
Bull Dozer won powerfully by more than seven lengths in his most recent race at Calder in September for his third consecutive win on the track. Right before the win streak started, Bull Dozer finished second in the Ponche Handicap at this distance and on the track, earning a 110 Equibase Speed Figure, which he nearly duplicated in his August 4 victory with a 109 figure. With all 10 of his career wins having come at Calder and having left four other entrants of this race in his wake recently, Bull Dozer appears to be the one to beat in the Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap.
Off the Jak took some time off after a runner-up effort at Saratoga in August and the rest did him a lot of good as he has won two races in a row at Calder since coming back in early October. First earning a 101 figure in a 5-length win on Oct. 5, Off the Jak improved to a 106 figure on Oct. 20. If he takes another step forward as it appears he can, Off the Jak could be right there with the 109 figure Bull Dozer earned in his most recent race, which means these two could hit the wire together.
Golden Mystery is a mare taking on males in the Jack Dudley, and given the company she’s kept, it makes sense why trainer Marty Wolfson has placed her in this spot. With seven career victories and more than $312,000 in earnings in her career, more than any other horse in the field, Golden Mystery has proven she belongs in stakes company. Golden Mystery proved this once more in her most recent race, the Mike Sherman Memorial Stakes, when she led from the start only to come in three-quarters of a length shy of victory to 2011 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Musical Romance while nearly six lengths in front of the third-place finisher.
The rest of the field (with their best representative Equibase Speed Figure): Abdel’s Ghost (108), Bahamian Squall (105), Black Diamond Cat (102), Cajun Breeze (112), Close It Out (104), Dual Exhauzt (108) and No Lift Shift (103).
Off the Jak