Fly by Phil made his turf debut a winning one, wearing down 4-5 favorite Lost Aptitude over a yielding course to register a head decision in Friday's $100,000 Tropical Park Derby for 3-year-olds at Calder.
Even though Big Drama set a course record at Gulfstream Park in his 3-year-old debut, Fawkes and owner-breeder Harold Queen are staying true to their word and have decided to skip the Derby and await the Preakness on May 16.
Trainer Linda Rice expected Yankee Master to be a good turf horse after watching the 2-year-old colt work this summer over the grass course at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track. And up to this point, her expectations have been met.
Wend kept her perfect turf record intact with an extremely easy 5 1/2-length decision in the $150,000 Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Handicap, the richest of four stakes on Saturday's 12-race card at Calder Race Course.