More than 40 top sprinters from around the country are set to square off Saturday in the "Summit of Speed" program at Calder Race Course. The five-stakes program is highlighted by the Princess Rooney Handicap and Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes, both grade III events.
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who was the riding star on last year's "Summit of Speed" program, will ride Kinsman Stable's Dream Supreme for trainer Bill Mott in the six-furlong Princess Rooney for fillies and mares.
Meanwhile, jockey Jorge Chavez is named aboard Charles Thompson, Carl Bowling, and Lakland Farm's City Zip for trainer Linda Rice in the $250,000 Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs. The Carry Back was won last year by Caller One, one of the top sprinters in the country.
Silk Concorde and Valid Forbes, both trained by Ralph Ziadie, may be the Calder-based horses' best chance for a stakes victory on the program. They are expected to be among the favorites in a wide-open field of 11 entered in the $250,000 Azalea for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.
Michael Cloonan's Morluc and Mike Ryan and partners' Texas Glitter loom the horses to beat in the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint at five furlongs on the grass.
The program's fifth stakes is the $50,000 Rocket Man at two furlongs, or a straight quarter mile. Trainer Bernie Flint will send out L.T.B. Stable's 4-year-old Ultimate Warrior as the probable favorite.