Beso Grande and Manicero swept the co-featured $75,000 stakes May 14 at Calder, putting their sire Mass Media solidly in the fourth spot among all second-crop Florida stallions. The Journeyman stallion finished 2010 as the number three freshman Florida sire in earnings and number one by stakes winners.
Beso Grande was first up in the six furlong French Village S. The 3-year-old bay filly chased the leaders along the rail until the stretch, when she rallied to catch front-running White Merlot to ultimately prevailing by a half length (VIDEO
The winner's check of $45,000 upped Beso Grande's earnings to $186,492. She is 3-2-3 in nine starts. Bred in Florida by Bruce Tallisman, Beso Grande, owned by Half Hollow Racing, was stakes placed at Calder four times as a two-year-old.
Manicero got his victory one race later in the In Summation S., also ran at six furlongs. Like Beso Grande, Manicero rallied from mid-pack to win the In Summation. Oddly enough, he also got the lead at about the same point as his filly counterpart, with the final margin being three-quarters of a length (VIDEO
Adding to the intrigue, the two won their races with times that were nearly identical: 1:12.57 to 1:12.54, respectively.
Manicero is an excellent 6-0-0 in eight starts, earning $279,008. He was bred in Florida by Roberto Sanson, and is trained by Leo Azpurua, Jr. for his father, Leo Sr. The dark bay colt has won five stakes at three tracks; Calder, Tampa Bay Downs, and OBS, in his career.
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