Calder's Summit of Speed Taking Shape

(from Calder report)
Saturday's $1.75 million Summit of Speed program at Calder Race Course will have top sprinters from coast-to-coast flying in to face a solid home defense team of speedsters in the six stakes races.

Most of the shippers are due to arrive on two Tex Sutton charter flights scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, arriving into nearby Opa Locka Airport. The Wednesday flight originates at Ontario Airport near Santa Anita.

Six to eight California-based runners are expected to board early that morning, including Echo Eddie and Nuclear Debate for trainer Darrell Vienna, Buffythecenterfold for Mel Stute, Roll Hennessy Roll (Wesley Ward) and King Robyn (Jeff Mullins).

Next stop will be Shreveport, La. to pick up Beau's Town for trainer Cole Norman and on to Louisville, Ky. The flight may then swell to the maximum load of 18 with midwest-based horses trained by Bill Mott, Lynn Whiting, Dale Romans, Jim Divito, Steve Margolis and Randy Morse getting on board.

Thursday's shipment begins early morning in New York with a dozen or more Belmont-based runners from the stables of Mark Hennig, Todd Pletcher, Bill Mott, Scott Lake, Richard Dutrow, Jr., Dennis Manning, Tim Hills and Patrick Biancone. A final stop will be into Baltimore before flying on to Miami.

Jockeys tentatively scheduled to fly in for mounts include Jerry Bailey, Patrick Valenzuela, Alex Solis, Eibar Coa, Richard Migliore, Martin Pedroza, Mike Luzzi, Cornelio Velasquez, Joe Bravo, Marlon St. Julien, Ramon Dominguez and Tony Farina.

Probable/possible starters for the 'Big Four' stakes, all graded at six furlongs with trainers names in parenthesis:

$500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds and up -- Beau's Town (Norman), Built Up (Alonso), Danaher Steve (Bracken), Echo Eddie (Vienna), Hear No Evil (Hatchett), Here's Zealous (Richard Dutrow, Jr.), Juggernaut (Pilotti), Lord Abounding (Plesa), My Cousin Matt (Lake), Shake You Down (Lake), Swift Replica (Zacco) and Tour Of The Cat (Mora).

$500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares -- Chispiski (Spatz), For Rubies (Whiting), Gold Mover (Hennig), Harmony Lodge (Pletcher), Shawklit Mint (Reynolds), Slews Final Answer (Mott), Tchula Miss (Dwoskin) and Vision in Flight (M.D. Wolfson).

$300,000 Carry Back Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds -- Awesome Of Course (Hatchett), Cajun Beat (Margolis), Coach Jimi Lee (DiVito), Halo Homewrecker (Hennig), Irish Road (Pletcher), King Robyn (Mullins), Lawbook (Heard), Roll Hennessy Roll (Ward), Super Fuse (Ciardullo), Valid Video (Manning) and Zavata (Biancone).

$300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies -- All The Honor (Plesa), Angela's Love (Romans), Big League Lady (Plesa), Buffythecenterfold (Stute), Crafty Brat (Calascibetta), Crimson and Roses (Hatchett), Ebony Breeze (Mott), Lady Stars (Towne), Littlemiss Sparkle (Whiting), Silver Lace (Stutts), Splasha (Vivian) and Storm Flag (Root).

Also on the Summit of Speed card:

$100,000 Calder Turf Sprint includes Abderian (Feliciano, Jr.), Are You Down (Connelly), Joe's Son Joey, Mighty Beau (Morse), Nuclear Debate (Vienna), Stormy Roman (Hills), Take Achance On Me (Aguirre), Testify (Morse) and Tricky Storm (Daly).