Updated on 09/16/2011 7:44AM

127 pounds are plenty for Xtra Heat to carry


MIAMI - The weights have been released for next Saturday's $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap, the main event on the $1.4 million Summit of Speed card at Calder. And it's obvious racing secretary Bob Umphrey wasn't about to tinker with a formula that has already worked.

Umphrey assigned Xtra Heat 127 pounds and Gold Mover 115 for the six-furlong, Grade 2 Princess Rooney. Those are the same weights both carried when finishing necks apart in Belmont's Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap on June 9.

"The margin between the two of them the last time wasn't sufficient enough for me to change the weights," said Umphrey. "A pound either way is too much and I couldn't give Xtra Heat 127 1/4. So I just left them the same."

A field of six is shaping up for the Princess Rooney and along with the two topweights is also expected to include Prized Amberpro (114), Vague Memory (114), Sugar N Spice (113), and Fly Me Crazy (112).

Umphrey also released his weights for the $250,000 Smile Sprint Handicap with Caller One pegged at 123 pounds followed by Orientate (119), Crafty C. T. (117), and Echo Eddie (117). All four topweights are considered potential starters on Saturday.

Caller One is currently in quarantine in Newburgh, N.Y. after arriving from England on Friday and his connections are planning to run him in the Smile Sprint if he comes through the long trip in good order and can make proper connections to south Florida later this week.

Other possible starters for the Sprint include Beau's Town (113); Junior Deputy (113); Komax (113); Tour of the Cat (113); Ballado's Devil (112); and Built Up (112).

Among the jockey assignments already firmed up for the Summit of Speed card include Jerry Bailey aboard Gold Mover in the Princess Rooney, Crafty C. T. in the Sprint, and True Direction for trainer Carlos Morales in the $250,000 Carry Back Stakes; Mike Smith on both Orientate and Day Trader for D. Wayne Lukas in the Sprint and Carry Back; Jorge Chavez on Miss City Halo in the $250,000 Azalea, and Ramon Dominguez aboard Willa on the Move in the Azalea. Harry Vega will also take his regular seat aboard Xtra Heat in the Princess Rooney.

Willa on the Move will ship down on Thursday on the same plane that will bring Xtra Heat from Maryland. Although short on experience, with only four starts under her belt, the 3-year-old Willa on the Move is already Grade 1-placed, finishing second to You and in front of Bella Bellucci in the one- mile Acorn on June 7.

"It might have been a little ambitious running her in a Grade 1 that quickly but I thought she really has some talent and she was on the improve, which is the best time to run a horse in a race like that," said Rodney Jenkins, who trains Willa on the Move for Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos.

Willa on the Move has won 2 of her 4 starts and has yet to finish worse than second in a career that did not begin until February.

"She had a few problems at 2 so I just gave her some time," said Jenkins. "Then she bucked her shins after her maiden win. She's also still a little bit green. She tends to duck from the stick and gets to looking around and wandering a bit. That's why I worked her in blinkers the last time. She went great and will race in blinkers in the Azalea. I'll work her once more, three furlongs on Monday, to put a little more speed into her since she's turning back from a mile to six furlongs."

Jenkins also had his undefeated Running Tide nominated for the Carry Back but opted to keep the 3-year-old colt around two turns and run him instead in the 1 1/16-mile Long Branch Stakes next Saturday at Monmouth Park.

o The Judge Sez Who, one of the top 3-year-old routers on the grounds here this summer, won for the second time in three starts since returning from a five-month layoff when he rallied to a 3 1/4-length victory over Say No Maw in Friday's $42,310 Migrating Moon Stakes. Rosemary Homeister, who celebrated her 30th birthday on Friday, was aboard The Judge Sez Who for trainer Milt Wolfson.

o Friday was the 27th consecutive day without turf racing at Calder. The grass course has been repeatedly drenched by soaking rains over the past four weeks and another downpour that struck during Friday's program put the four turf races carded for Saturday and Sunday in jeopardy of being switched to the main track.

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