The second "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships on TVG/Fox Sports Net" show of the season will air Saturday from Calder Race Course in Miami, and will feature the Grade III, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap, part of Calder's "Summit of Speed." The show will air on TVG, Fox Sports Net 2, Fox Sports New York, Fox Sports South and the Sunshine Network from 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET. The entire Summit of Speed program will air on TVG.
"Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships on TVG/Fox Sports Net," is a monthly series airing through October. The series presents races from race tracks across the country and includes action from several of the eight Breeders' Cup divisions that comprise the 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be held this year on October 30 at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie outside Dallas.
In addition to the Smile, a six-furlong race for older horses that is part of Breeders' Cup Sprint Division, the remaining shows in the series will feature such key Breeders' Cup preps as the Clement Hirsch Handicap from Del Mar outside San Diego (August 8); the Woodward and Man o'War Stakes from Belmont Park (September 11) and races from the Oak Tree at Santa Anita Meet (October 9).
As to the Smile, the Todd Pletcher-trained Alke, who won four consecutive stakes races prior to finishing second in the Dubai Golden Shaheen last March, has been training for the race, but might not run because of an injury. Should he run, he'll be the likely favorite. Rounding out the field are Champali, Valid Video, Aloha Bold, Built Up, Clock Stopper, Gold Dollar, Hombre Rapido, My Cousin Matt, Super Fuse, Love that Moon, Super Frolic, and Twilight Road.