Top sprinters are set to for the Summit of Speed at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, July 6.
A total of $1.2 million 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.
Wesley Ward’s Judy the Beauty looks for her first Grade 1 victory in the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap, which will be run at six 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.
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.
The Princess Rooney will run as the tenth race on the card with an approximate post time of 4:53 p.m.
Eclipse Award Champion Sprinter Trinniberg, owned by Sherry Parbhoo, looks to return to stakes success in the $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap, which is contested at six 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. 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. 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.
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.
Rontos Racing Stable Corp.’s Wildcat Lily sped to victory four 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. 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.
The Azalea has an approximate post time of 3:59 p.m. as the eighth race.
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. 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.
The Carry Back starts off the graded stakes action as the seventh race with an approximate post time of 3:32 p.m.
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 six 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.
The Hollywood Wildcat closes out the race card as the eleventh race with an approximate post time of 5:20 p.m.
In the $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Stakes, to be run at five 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 six 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.