The Summit of Speed will be in the sprinting spotlight on Saturday
at Calder Race Course where it debuted 10 years ago. The 2000 event
offered five stakes with purses totaling $950,000 and was an immediate
In ’02, purses were boosted to $1.35 million and attracted
classy thoroughbreds like Orientate, who won the Smile Sprint Handicap
en route to a Breeders’ Cup Sprint victory and an Eclipse Award. That
afternoon Calder enjoyed a single-day total mutuel handle record
exceeding $8.8 million.