Cali Star (3-1), in her first start for trainer Marty Wolfson, took the lead entering the second turn and pulled away to beat the 4-5 favorite Danessa Deluxe by five lengths in Wednesday's feature race at the Gulfstream Park West meet, Gulfstream Park is holding the GP West meet at Calder under a lease agreement with that track.
The 4-year-old Cali Star is the latest in a group of allowance and stakes level horses that some owners have sent to Wolfson from other trainers or that owners have bought in private sales with Wolfson's advice.
On Wednesday, Cali Star made her first start at Calder and won the one mile race in 138.33 on a dirt track listed as fast. The time was solid, especially on a race day that followed early morning rains and when other Calder dirt track winning times were not particularly fast.
The race was a $62,500 allowance/optional claimer with a $40,000 purse. Curlin's Princess finished third, followed by Little Tami in an eight-horse field. None of the first four finishers were in for a tag. Wolfson trains Curlin's Princess for her owner/breeder Happy Alter. Ben Walden Jr, and Larry Taylor own Cali Star. Last month they transferred
her to Wolfson from trainer Alice Cohn.
Cali Star had raced eight times for Cohn this year with one win. All of those races were stakes or high-level optional claimers at Fair Grounds in New Orleans or at tracks in Kentucky.
Wednesday's win was the fifth in 17 career starts for Cali Star. She is the second horse that Walden this year has transferred from Cohn in Kentucky to Wolfson in Florida.
The other is Prayed For, a 4-year-old filly that races mostly on turf. For Wolfson, Prayed For has run three times - including a win on Sept. 26 in the Panama City Stakes at one mile on turf at Gulfstream.