Top sprinters are set to race on Thoroughbred racing’s fastest day in
the Summit of Speed at Calder Casino & Race Course this Saturday,
A total of $1,200,000 in purse money is up for grabs in the Summit of
Speed stakes action, which features the Grade 1 Princess Rooney
Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, the Grade 2 Smile
Sprint Handicap for 3-year-olds and up, the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes for
3-year-old fillies, the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-olds, the
Hollywood Wildcat Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, and
the Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Stakes for 3-year-olds and up.
PRINCESS ROONEY HANDICAP (G1)
Wesley A. Ward’s Judy the Beauty looks for her first Grade 1 victory
in the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap, which will be run at 6
furlongs on the main track. The 4-year-old filly has finished second
twice in Grade 1 races, including a tough loss by just a nose in the
Prioress Stakes at Saratoga Race Course last year. In the Prioress, Judy
the Beauty overcame a rough start to advance on the race’s frontrunner,
caught the lead in the final 70 yards then was overtaken at the wire.
She finished second in a Grade 2 race and most recently finished second
in the Grade 3 Winning Colors Stakes at Churchill Downs. In her final
workout for the Princess Rooney, Judy the Beauty sped through 5 furlongs
at Keeneland Race Course on June 25, earning a bullet with her workout
time of :58.80.
Lanni Family Trust’s Reneesgotzip is a Grade 2 winner who has not
raced since December, when she finished second in the Grade 1 La Brea
Stakes at Stanta Anita Park. She has three stakes wins on her resume in
total, two second-place finishes in Grade 1 races and a third-place
finish in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint against the males in
Amaty Racing Stables Inc.’s Capitalism At Risk triumphed in the U Can
Do It Handicap at Calder, the prep race for the Princess Rooney, to
earn her first career stakes win in her first attempt. The 6-year-old
mare held off Miller Racing LLC’s Oh Carole, who tracked down the
frontrunner to just miss the win, as Capitalism At Risk took the victory
by a nose after leading the way throughout the race upon breaking
third. Capitalism At Risk worked a 4 furlong bullet in :47 flat on July 1
at Calder and comes into the Princess Rooney on a five-race winning
streak. She will once again face Oh Carole.
Miller Racing LLC’s Spectacular Sky has four stakes wins to her name,
including three-straight at Calder last year. She comes into the
Princess Rooney off of a fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Vagrancy
Handicap at Belmont Park. Chasing Tail Stables LLC’s Starship Truffles
earned her first career stakes victory in the Musical Romance Stakes at
Calder by 1 ½-lengths three starts ago. Most recently she annihilated
her field by 10 lengths in a 5 ½-furlong starter optional claiming race
Dan Considine and Steve C. Snowden’s Sweet Cassiopeia’s most recent
stakes win came in the Giant’s Causeway Stakes at Keeneland Race Course.
Tony’s Investments, LLC’s My Pal Chrisy has not returned to the
winner’s circle since cruising to a 7 ¼-length victory in the Elmer
Heubeck Distaff Handicap at Calder last November.
Completing the field for the Princess Rooney are Run to Win Again
Stable LLC and Unlimited Equine, LLC’s Holiday Soiree, Gillian S.
Campbell and Clint Cornett’s Givhans Ferry, Farnsworth Stables, LLC’s
Centrique, and Ron Hendrickson’s French Politics. Tevis Q. McCauley’s
Costly is an also-eligible for the race.
The Princess Rooney will run as the tenth race on the card with an approximate post time of 4:53 p.m.
SMILE SPRINT HANDICAP (G2)
Eclipse Award Champion Sprinter, Sherry Parbhoo’s Trinniberg, looks
to return to stakes success in the $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap, which
is held at 6 furlongs on the main track. The Smile Sprint is a “Win and
You’re In” race as part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge for the sprint
division. Trinniberg was victorious in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes
at Belmont Park and scored two Grade 3 victories in 2012, in addition
to winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint where he drew forward to win
by ¾-lengths. He has yet to score a victory in two starts since his
triumph in the Breeders’ Cup, which consisted of a trip to Meydan
Racecourse in Dubai and Churchill.
After finishing second twice in graded stakes races at Gulfstream
Park, Silverton Hill LLC’s Swagger Jack upset the Grade 1 Carter
Handicap at Aqueduct in April as the second-longest shot on the board,
saving the win by ¾-lengths. Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Fort Loudon,
who is entered for the Smile Sprint, was fourth in the Carter Handicap.
He won the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes last year by a neck over
Trinniberg, who set the pace in the race and led into the stretch before
succumbing to Fort Loudon. Fort Loudon has six stakes victories at
Calder, including the Unbridled Stakes in 2012, and is multiple
graded-stakes placed. He also won the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint
Championship Stakes at Gulfstream earlier this year.
Zayat Stables, LLC’s Justin Phillip finished fifth to Trinniberg in
the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. He won the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes at
Belmont Park in 2011 and the Grade 3 Count Fleet Handicap at Oaklawn
Park two starts ago and is multiple stakes-placed. He most recently
finished second in the Grade 2 True North Handicap, where fellow Smile
Sprint entrant, Sherry Parbhoo’s Off the Jak, finished fourth. Off the
Jak won the Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park early
The top seven finishers in the Ponche Handicap, the prep race for the
Smile Sprint, were all entered for the Smile Sprint. Bluestone
Thoroughbreds LLC’s Black Diamond Cat triumphed in the Ponche by 1
¾-lengths over Samuel H. Rogers, Jr.’s Close It Out. Jacks or Better
Farm, Inc.’s Grande Shores closed for third over Donald R. Dizney’s
Bahamian Squall, who faded to fourth. Grande Shores is an also-eligible
for the Smile Sprint. Both Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Jackson Bend and
Pegasus Holdings Group Stables LLC’s Trickmeister were making their
first starts off long layoffs in the Ponche. Jackson Bend came out of
retirement to race in 2013 at Calder. Back in 2011, Jackson Bend won the
Grade 1 Forego Stakes for Robert V. LaPenta and Fred J. Brei and then
the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct in 2012 and has placed in
multiple graded stakes races throughout his career. He scored
four-straight stakes wins at Calder for Jacks or Better Farm, Inc. in
2009. Trickmeister is a multiple stakes winner and has hit the board
multiple times in graded stakes races. He worked a 4-furlong bullet in
:47 flat Monday morning in preparation for the Smile Sprint. Zena
Gardner and Guillermo Visliquez’s On Appeal is an also-eligible for the
Donald R. Dizney’s Apriority has not won since the Grade 3 Mr.
Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream in 2011. He has hit the board multiple
times in graded stakes races throughout his career.
Shadybrook Farm Inc. & Robert Eversole’s Cajun Breeze is also
entered. Saffie Joseph’s Artefacto is an also-eligible for the Smile
The Smile Sprint has an approximate post time of 4:26 p.m. as the ninth race.
AZALEA STAKES (G3)
Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Wildcat Lily sped to victory 4 lengths
ahead in the Leave Me Alone Stakes, the prep race for the $150,000
Azalea Stakes to be run at six furlongs on the main track, and earned
her first stakes score with the win. Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Street
Girl finished third in the Leave Me Alone and returns to compete in the
Azalea. In April at Calder, Street Girl earned her first stakes win in
the Calder Oaks by a nose.
Ronny W. Werner, Rick Broth, Helen Burnett, and Kenneth Posey’s
Guadalupe High scored back-to-back stakes wins at Delta Downs to kick
off his 3-year-old season which included a 6 ¼-length victory in the La.
Bred Premier Night Starlet Stakes. Arindel Farm’s Vitameta won the
Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs back in January. Winchell
Thoroughbreds LLC’s has yet to earn a stakes victory, but she does have
two second-place finishes and also a third place finish stakes races.
Completing the field are Silverton Hill LLC’s By Golly Molly,
Nicholas Becce and William A. Kaplan’s Bama Rose, David E. Garner’s
Twice Told Tale and Frank Carl Calabrese’s Dreaming of Susie.
The Azalea has an approximate post time of 3:59 p.m. as the eighth race.
CARRY BACK STAKES (G3)
Averill Racing LLC and Silver Oak Stable LLC’s R Free Roll hopes to
dominate the boys again in the $150,000 Carry Back Stakes to be run at
six furlongs on the main track. The 3-year-old filly captured the
Unbridled Stakes against the colts in her prep race for the Summit of
Speed card, sailing home 6 ¾-lengths ahead of the field. She led the
boys throughout the race after breaking third and steadily increased her
lead for her victory. In her only other career start versus the boys,
which came last September in a 5 ½-furlong allowance at Calder, R Free
Roll led the field and pulled ahead to a 3 ¼-length victory. She will
once again face Natalie and Rowan Dixon’s Rockyshomerun, Cloud Nine
Lumoni’s City of Weston, and DDRD Racing Inc’s Sr. Quisqueyano, who
finished second, third, and fourth, respectively, to R Free Roll in the
Also entered are Tom Gregerson and Chad J. Stewart’s Red Rocket
Express, Blackacre Farms, Inc.’s Gotta Be Fate, and J. Kirk and Judy
Robison’s Mico Margarita.
The Carry Back starts off the graded stakes action as the seventh race with an approximate post time of 3:32 p.m.
HOLLYWOOD WILDCAT STAKES
Herman Van Den Broeck’s Angelica Zapata returns to the turf for the
$100,000 Hollywood Wildcat Stakes, which is scheduled for 7 ½-furlongs
on the turf. The 5-year-old mare finished fourth in the U Can Do It
Handicap in her first start since September of last year, and has not
run on the turf since finishing second by a length in a 1 1/16-mile
allowance optional claiming race at Calder in April 2012. In 2012 at
Calder, Angelica Zapata scored four-straight stakes wins, all of which
were on the main track.
Last year’s Hollywood Wildcat winner, Gary Aiken’s Callmethesqueeze,
returns to defend her title. The 5-year-old mare blew away the field in
the 2012 Hollywood Wildcat, crossing the wire 6 lengths ahead after
drawing increasingly clear when asked by her rider down the stretch. She
last won in October in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the dirt at
Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Awesome Belle and Stride Rite Racing
Stable, Inc.’s Frolic’s Revenge, both multiple stakes winners at Calder,
are set to meet for the eleventh time in their careers. In their most
recent meeting, Frolic’s Revenge won by 4 ½-lengths in a one mile
allowance on the dirt at Calder, while Awesome Belle finished second.
One race prior, Awesome Belle advanced on the pacesetter, Miller Racing
LLC’s Canadian Mistress, in the stretch to battle to the wire to win by a
nose. Frolic’s Revenge finished third after giving way in the stretch
from racing in second. Canadian Mistress is entered in the Hollywood
Wildcat as well.
Frank Carl Calabrese’s Celestial Kitten won the Spearfish Stakes at
one mile on the turf at Hollywood Park in 2011, while owned by Triple B
Farms (Boghossian). She was then was unable to win in eight starts until
this April at Calder in a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claiming race
on the turf for Calabrese, surging to victory by 5 ½-lengths.
Frank Carl Calabrese’s Saint Aggie, Champion Equine LLC’s Miss
Montreal, Chasing Tail Stables LLC’s Lexington Pearl, Chasing Tail
Stables LLC’s Ann of the Dance, Farnsworth Stables, LLC’s Centrique and
RJM Stables LLC’s Sweet Little Lion are also entered.
The Hollywood Wildcat closes out the race card as the eleventh race with an approximate post time of 5:20 p.m.
BOB UMPHREY TURF SPRINT STAKES
In the $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Stakes, to be run at 5
furlongs on the turf, Vinery Stables LLC’s 6-year-old gelding Regally
Ready looks to return to stakes victory for the first time since 2011.
He won the Grade 1 Nearctic Stakes at 6 furlongs on the turf at Woodbine
in 2011 before holding off for the victory in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup
Turf Sprint at Churchill and becoming a finalist for the Eclipse Awards
for male sprinter that year. He has yet to return to the winner’s
circle in seven starts since then, which included two races at Meydan.
He has two Grade 3 victories and a listed stakes win on his resume as
Shadybrook Farm Inc. & W. Lussky’s Tripski was second in the 2012
Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint by 1 ¼-lengths. His only stakes victory came in
the Eillo Stakes at Calder last September. Maurice Miller LLC’s Uno
Caliente is a two-time stakes winner at Calder and will be making just
his second start in 2013 with an appearance in the Bob Umphrey Turf
Sprint. Nutmeg Stable’s Madame Giry won back-to-back stakes races last
year and will be making her second start in 2013. Ron Marano’s
Determinato’s only stakes win came in 2011 in the Spectacular Bid Stakes
Rounding out the field are Silverton Hill LLC’s Simmstown, Saffie
Joseph’s Artefacto, Rancho Grande Farm, Inc. and Ideas Medical, Inc.’s
King Solomon, Jason DaCosta’s Silver Cloud, Shadybrook Farm Inc. &
Robert Eversole’s Cajun Breeze, Ron Hendrickson’s Latin Rocks, and Joker
Racing LLC’s Banzai Kid. Sherry Parbhoo’s Off the Jak is an
also-eligible for the race.
The Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint kicks off the Summit of Speed stakes
action as the sixth race. The approximate post time for the Bob Umphrey
Turf Sprint is 3:05 p.m.
Fans in attendance at Calder will also have the opportunity to watch
the annual jockey footrace and have the chance to win a share of $500 in
mutuel vouchers. Prizes will also be awarded randomly when wagers are
placed on Calder’s self-service terminals. Post time for the first race
at Calder is 12:50 p.m.