When Calderina, an Italian-bred filly, was sent to Pimlico last week to prepare for today's $87,500 Glalorette Handicap scheduled for the turf at Pimlico, surrogate trainer Bill Donovan asked trainer Bert Sonnier how he wanted his charge exercised.
Sonnier replied, "Do whatever you think is best. She's fit and sound as a bell of brass. And if they take it off the grass, she's just as tough on the dirt. Frankly, he's so good I can't see how she can get beat."
Caldrina justified Sonnier's advice, though she had to make an eye-catching run through the stretch to edge longshot Dottie O. Her time for the 11/16-mile Gallorette, switched to the dirt, course when the rains came Friday, was a creditable 1:44 4/5. The winning margin was a length.
Calderina was ridden by Craig Perret.
The win was worth $56,875 and pushed Calderina's yearly earnings past $90,000. The 4-year-old daughter of Lyphard returned $9.60.
Jocky Bill Passmore and trainer King T. Leatherbury combined efforts in the first two races to produce a daily double worth $27.80. Passmore guided Lady Alegro and Richard Eric from off the pace to score, bringing Leatherbury's total wins to nine, best among the trainers. Passmore has 11 victories, second to Vincent Bracciale with 13.
The crowd of 17,186 bet $1,878,952.