A field of 10 has been drawn for the Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II), part of Saturday's "Summit of Speed" at Calder Race Course. The six-furlong contest carries a rich $500,000 purse.
Veteran Don Six, carrying a high impost of 118 pounds, and True North Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) winner Woke Up Dreamin, under 117, head the field.
Patricia Generazio's multiple stakes-winning homebred Don Six returns home from points north looking to add significantly to his career earnings that already stand at $597,123. The 5-year-old son of Wild Escapade was victorious in the six-furlong Longfellow Handicap June 11 at Monmouth Park, hitting the wire in 1:09.03 over a fast track.
Trainer Scott Lake has the Florida-bred working exceptionally well at Philadelphia Park and ships him in on the strength of four straight bullet workouts there. A winner in the Paumonock Handicap at Aqueduct in January, and second by a nose to Saratoga County in the General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park this winter, Don Six is the deserving high weight.
On the board in 21 of 28 starts, and usually showing early foot, Don Six and Aaron Gryder will gun for the front from the far outside post 10.
Looking for a second straight grade II win is Mike Pegram's Woke Up Dreamin. The 5-year-old won the True North at Belmont Park on the same day Don Six was annexing the Longfellow.
Bred in Kentucky by Harbor View Farm, the lightly-raced son of Holy Bull
was impressive in that driving two-length win and posted a bullet work (5f, Fast, 59.87, H, 1/21) at Belmont for trainer Bob Baffert on Monday.
Pegram purchased the bay horse for $130,000 at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale and Woke Up Dreamin has repaid him with earnings of $282,475--on the board in nine of 14 trips postward.
He and Mike Smith, aboard for the True North score, will break from the fourth spot from the rail.
Buckram Oak Farm's grade I-winning Silver Wagon looks to use the Smile Sprint to get back to stakes-winning form. On the board in several prestigious races in the past, the 4-year-old son of Wagon Limit
won the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga at two, placed in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream at three, and was second to Ghostzapper in the May 30 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) over a mile at Belmont.
Bred in Florida by Mr. and Mrs. Leverett S. Miller, the gray or roan Silver Wagon has put in three bullet works in a row over the Calder Strip, including one on Monday (5f, Fast, 1:00.60, B, 1/19) for trainer Ralph Ziadie, and appears to be ready for these rivals.
Silver Wagon has been in the money in nine of his 11 starts, and has earned $438,130. He gets regular rider Cornelio Velasquez, 116 pounds, and will break for a stalker's trip from the post two.
Toscani, by Chilito; Gregson, by Cherokee Run
; Mister Fotis, by Diligence
; Hitthegroundrunnin, by Hazaam; Nightmare Affair, by Out of Place
Abbondanza, by Alphabet Soup
and with Jerry Bailey up; and Paradise Dancer, by Langfuhr
are also entered.Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II), Calder Race Course, Saturday, July 9, 3-year-olds and up, six furlongs, $500,000, approx. post time 4:41 p.m. EST.
PP--Horse, Weight, Jockey
1--Toscani, 113, Jose Lezcano
2--Silver Wagon, 116, Cornelio Velasquez
3--Gregson, 113, Manoel Cruz
4--Woke Up Dreamin, 117, Mike Smith
5--Mister Fotis, 111, Jorge Chavez
6--Hitthegroundrunnin, 111, Sebastian Madrid
7--Nightmare Affair, 113, Eddie Castro
8--Abbondanza, 114, Jerry Bailey
9--Paradise Dancer, 113, Cecilio Penalba
10--Don Six, 118, Aaron Gryder