Fields for some of the eight stakes races to be run on the $2 million "Summit of Speed" program July 15 at Calder Race Course are taking shape with draw day set for Monday.
Harry Aleo's 2005 Eclipse champion Lost in the Fog is due Saturday on a cargo flight from trainer Greg Gilchrist's Northern California headquarters and will be the favorite in a talented field expected to contest the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II).Jockey Russell Baze flew in to ride the 4-year-old son of Lost Soldier to an easy score in the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. II) on Summit day last summer and will be on hand again. They teamed up most recently to capture the Aristides Breeders' Cup (gr. III) June 3 at Churchill Downs.Expected to line up against the champion are Bea Oxenberg and Laurie Plesa's B.B. Best, Anstu Stable's Friendly Island, Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Gaff, John Petrini's Joey P., Summerplace Farm's Kelly's Landing, Alago, Inc.'s Mister Fotis, Timber Side Stable's Nightmare Affair, and David Hutson's Pomeroy.Kelly's Landing, runner-up to sprint champion Lost in the Fog in the Aristides, tuned up for a rematch with a :48 4/5 half-mile work on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Eddie Kenneally trains the 5-year-old Patton gelding, whose work ranked 12th among 44 works at the distance.Confirmed to lead the cast for the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) is Darley Stable's emerging star filly Dubai Escapade, a 4-year-old daughter of Awesome Again and half-sister to Madcap Escapade, winner of the race last year. Trained by Eoin Harty, Dubai Escapade is undefeated in four starts this year after making only one appearance at two in England and one early last season in Dubai. The brilliant filly hasn't been headed at any call in her four starts this year, including easy scores in the Madison Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland and the Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park last out on June 11 by six lengths.Also possible/probable for the Princess Rooney are Millennium Farm's Annika Lass, Kinsman Stable's Ebony Breeze, S.M. Mitchell Ranch's Leave Me Alone, Joe Mulholland, Jr.'s Malibu Mint, and Charles Miller's Prospective Saint.Calder racing officials report that Stonerside Stable and Blazing Meadows Farm's 3-year-old Too Much Bling is expected from California for trainer Bob Baffert. The roan/gray son of Rubiano will likely be the favorite in the Carry Back. Too Much Bling is a three-time stakes winner in California and New York this year, including the San Vicente (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Also listed probable for the Carry Back are Ralph Sessa's Blazing Rate, Keith McKinney and Larry Lee's Lord Vicar, Rustlewood Farm's Mach Ride, Julie Berta, E Racing.Com, and Wind River Stable's Northern Soldier, and Joel Sainer and Dave Braddy's Yes He's the Man.Harry Aleo's 3-year-old filly Victorina is due to arrive with stablemate Lost in the Fog to contest the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup (gr. III). Her rivals may include Buckingham Farm's A Sea Trippi, Dare to Dream Farm's Frolicing, Circle C Group Stable's G City Gal, and Keith McKinney and Larry Lee's Mykindasaint.