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Top Sprinters Line Up for Calder's Summit of Speed

Top sprinters are set to race on Thoroughbred racing’s fastest day in the Summit of Speed at Calder Casino & Race Course this Saturday, July 6.

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 2012.

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 at Calder.

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 this year.

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 Smile Sprint.

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 Sprint.

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 Unbridled.

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 Calder.

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 well.

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 at Gulfstream.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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