2013 Summit of Speed Breakdown

Calder’s Summit of Speed 2013

2013 Summit of Speed at Calder Race CourseJuly 6th, 2013 marks the 14th annual Summit of Speed at Calder Race Course, dubbed as Thoroughbred racing’s fastest day. Weighing at $1,200,000 in purse money, the Summit of Speed features the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap, the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap, the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes, the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes, the Hollywood Wildcat Handicap and the Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Stakes. Loaded with action and speed these races have churned out many top-notch horses in the industry and this weekend’s event will be no different.

Madame Giry is Smart Play in Bob Umphrey

Madame GiryThe $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Stakes is a 5 furlong race for 3 year olds and up. Determinato is the 3 to 1 morning line favorite in this one, but is definitely up against a crowd of competition in this field of 12. Trained by William White and ridden by Luis Saez, Determinato had been on a 3 win streak at Gulfstream Park carrying Saez until his last race at Calder where he ran third under Edgar Zayas. Edgar Zayas will be riding Artefacto in the Bob Umphrey who beat Determinato in that last race at Calder. With Artefacto coming at 10 to 1 morning line odds, these two should make an interesting match-up. Regally Ready is another contender for this one at 4 to 1 morning line odds. He hasn’t shown a lot in his last outings, but he is a fully capable gelding and his works show that he is ready for this one.  I believe the public will over-look him come Saturday and should go off at higher odds. I also like Madame Giry for this one. She hasn’t been out since January, but her 58.4 bullet work on June 29th stands out like a sore thumb and I think she’ll be ready to fly.

R Free Roll to Roll On in Carry Back

R Free RollThe Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes is the 7th race on the card for the Summit of Speed at Calder. Set at 6 furlongs, the $150,000 Carry Back will showcase 3 year olds. R Free Roll is looking like the horse to beat in this one. Having won the Unbridled at Calder in her last race by 6 ¾ lengths, R Free Roll is set to roll on to another victory. Having beaten 3 of the other horses in this race in the Unbridled, it’s hard to find a horse in this field of 7 who could contest her. Many believe that Mico Margarita could be the one and he might, but I think if these 2 duel for the lead as they should, R Free Roll will prevail. Personally, I’ll be keeping a close eye on Red Rocket Express. If this gelding can stalk the pace behind Mico Margarita and R Free Roll he could quite possibly pull off an upset and pay nicely. Race 7 starts the Pick 5 for the Summit of Speed and carries on through race 11, the Hollywood Wildcat.

Wildcat Lily to Uproot Field in Azalea Stakes

Wildcat LilyThe Grade 3 Azalea Stakes for 3 year old fillies is a 6 furlong race that carries $150,000 purse. The Azalea holds a 9 horse field full of talented fillies. Dreaming of Susie is the morning line favorite at 5 to 2 and is coming off an allowance win at Calder on May 26th. With an outstanding trainer/jockey combo and the results to back her up, Dreaming of Susie could definitely be in the running for winning this one, but she appears to be a false favorite to me. Wildcat Lily, on the other hand, will more than likely capture more of the public’s attention and with good reason. She has proven herself at a higher level than Dreaming of Susie by winning the Leave Me Alone at Calder by 4 lengths. Dreaming of Susie did beat Wildcat Lily in their last race, but Wildcat Lily has certainly improved for the better winning the Leave Me Alone over a field of 12. These two will definitely duke it out for the early lead. The possible upset horse could be By Golly Molly.  She enjoys making that come from behind rally that could be essential for winning this race. Sprinkle in a few outstanding bullet works, a trainer like Martin Wolfson and a dash of Jose Lezcano for the ride and by golly… we might just have ourselves an upset!

Trickmeister’s Got Jokes in Smile Sprint

TrickmeisterThe Grade 3 Smile Sprint Handicap is for a purse of $350,000 and will go 6 furlongs for 3 year olds and up. This one seems to be a close race for the morning line favorite between 7 to 2 Justin Phillip and 4 to 1 Trinniberg. Running 2nd in the True North, Justin Phillip has shown that he has the speed to win this one, and I believe he will definitely be up in the mix. Trinniberg has bounced in his last two outings, but I believe he will redeem himself in this one, especially if he runs back to his Breeder’s Cup Sprint form from last November. He has shown that he likes running at Calder, taking second behind Fort Louden in last year’s Carry Back where he was beaten by a neck. Way out there in Longshotville, I’m leaning towards Trickmeister. Although not showing much in his races as of late, especially running 6th in his last outing, I believe Trickmeister could still have a trick or two left up his sleeve. He’s sporting some fantastic bullet works and is due for a win in this Grade 3 race. Will he get there? It’s debatable, certainly, but just in case… I’m going to put a little on him.

Judy the Beauty Will Reign in Princess Rooney Handicap

Judy the BeautyOn the 10th race of the day in the Summit of Speed is the Grade 1 $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap for fillies and mares 3 years old and up.  This 6 furlong sprint spotlights a 12 horse field, including 5 to 2 morning line favorite, Judy the Beauty. Judy the Beauty is sporting a host of bullet works and has done no worse than second in her 9 career starts. A dangerous pace stalker, this 4 year old will be fighting for the win at the end of the race. Running directly in front of her will be the 4 to 1 morning line odds, Reneesgotzip. Ridden by Garret Gomez and trained by Peter Miller, this 4 year old filly has got the goods to upset the applecart and outrun Judy. The problem, of course, is that Reneesgotzip will have to battle a host of horses for that early lead which will make Judy the Beauty a serious threat as she stalks the pace, saves that energy and kicks into overdrive towards the end.

Celestial Kitten for Hollywood Wildcat

Frolic's RevengeRace 11 and the final race on the Summit of Speed is the $100,000 Hollywood Wildcat Stakes. The Hollywood Wildcat is set at 7 ½ furlongs on the turf at Calder for fillies and mares 3 years old and up.  The morning line favorite at 3 to 1 is Awesome Belle. Again, I believe that this is a false favorite. She has run well in her last outings, but in her last race where she ran second, Frolic’s Revenge took the lead and beat her by 4 ½ lengths. The morning line odds for Frolic’s Revenge is 4 to 1. Showing good solid works and under the hand of Edgard Zayas, Frolic’s Revenge will give Awesome Belle a run for her money. I really like Celestial Kitten here, too. Two races back she won a 1 1/16 mile race at Calder by 5 ½ lengths going 3 wide and drawing off. This daughter of Kitten’s Joy seems to be coming into her own as of late and is now under the care of top-notch trainer, Kirk Ziadie. With Luis Saez at the helm, Celestial Kitten might very well be the “wildcat” to beat in the Hollywood Wildcat.

Summit of Speed Pick 5 Plays (Races 7-11)

  • Race 7- R Free Roll, Red Rocket Express
  • Race 8- Wildcat Lily, By Golly Molly
  • Race 9- Trinniberg, Trickmeister
  • Race 10- Judy the Beauty
  • Race 11- Awesome Belle, Frolic’s Revenge, Celestial Kitten




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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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