07/02/2004 11:00PM

Asmussen bringing five for Summit


MIAMI - Trainer Todd Pletcher said several weeks ago he intended to send down one starter for each of the four graded stakes on the Summit of Speed program. But Pletcher won't be the only horseman spending a lot of time in the Calder paddock next Saturday. So, too, will Steve Asmussen, who is bringing in five horses for the card, one apiece for the Smile and Princess Rooney handicaps, the Azalea and Carry Back Stakes, and the Calder Turf Sprint.

"I can't believe I don't have one for the Rocket Man Stakes," Asmussen said Saturday. "You'd think I'd have a horse for that race, too."

Asmussen will send out Lady Tak as one of the favorites in the $500,000 Princess Rooney, Super Fuse in the $500,000 Smile Sprint, Dazzle Me in the Azalea, Bwana Charlie in the Carry Back, and Mighty Beau for the Calder Turf. Jockey Shane Sellers will accompany Asmussen to south Florida and ride all five of his starters in the Summit of Speed program.

Lady Tak's toughest opponent in the Princess Rooney will probably be likely favorite Bear Fan.

"I'm very respectful of Bear Fan after watching her last performance," said Asmussen. "But it's not a race any better than Lady Tak's effort when she won the Test at 3, although I don't see her repeating that kind of race next Saturday, since Calder is not the type of track that favors her strengths. But her last two starts have been very positive."

Super Fuse was transferred to Asmussen during the spring. He has not started since finishing fourth in a high-priced optional claiming race at Aqueduct on April 23, but has worked four times at Churchill Downs since changing barns.

"This is the first time he'll race for me, but I've run against him several times, so I'm familiar with him in that regard," said Asmussen. "One thing I know is that he's run some big races at Calder and not everybody shipping in this weekend is going to run their race."

Super Fuse has won three of his four starts at Calder, with his lone setback a third-place finish behind Valid Video and Cajun Beat in the 2003 Carry Back.

Racing secretary Bob Umphrey released his weights for the Princess Rooney and Smile on Saturday. Bear Fan will be the highweight at 122 pounds in the Princess Rooney, followed by Lady Tak, Ema Bovary, and Harmony Lodge at 119. Umphrey says he is expecting up to nine starters for the race, including My Trusty Cat (115), Puxa Saco (112), Crafty Brat (110), Mary Murphy (110), and Our Josephina (110).

Valid Video and Champali will share highweight of 117 pounds in the Smile, with Alke and Hombre Rapido getting in at 116 pounds. Others likely to run are Clock Stopper (115), Aloha Bold (114), Built Up (114), My Cousin Matt (114), Twilight Road (114), Gold Dollar (113), and Super Fuse (113).

Entries for the entire 13-race Summit of Speed program will be drawn Monday.

Caller One makes a comeback

Caller One, who earned nearly $3.2 million during a career that had seemingly ended in 2002, is expected to launch a comeback in the quarter- mile Rocket Man Stakes. A son of Phone Trick, Caller One is in trainer Laura Posada's barn and breezed three furlongs in 37.60 seconds with Posada aboard here Saturday morning.

Caller One, now 7, has not started since finishing last in the Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Sprint on May 11, 2002. Caller One captured back-to-back renewals of the Dubai Golden Shaheen in 2001 and 2002. He also finished third in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Sprint and fourth in the 2000 BC Sprint, all for his previous trainer James Chapman.