07/04/2008 11:00PM

Benny the Bull playing the heavy


MIAMI - Benny the Bull, the undisputed leader of the nation's sprint division, has been assigned 124 pounds for Saturday's $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder. The Grade 2 Smile shares top billing on the day's rich Summit of Speed card with the $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap, the only Grade 1 event on the local stakes calendar.

Benny the Bull, who is scheduled to arrive in south Florida on a flight from New York on Tuesday morning, will concede from seven to 11 pounds to a field that is expected to include Indian Chant (117), Man of Danger (115), Paradise Dancer (115), Ravalo (115), Blue Pepsi Lodge (114), Rockerfeller (114), and Finallymadeit (113).

Multiple Grade 1 winner Dream Rush will carry high weight of 120 pounds in the Princess Rooney. Her competition will likely include Looky Yonder (117), Miraculous Miss (117), Victorina (117), Mistical Plan (116), Dixie Dreamer (116), Rgirldoesn'tbluff (116) and Casino Transaction (114).

Dream Rush will arrive on the same flight as Benny the Bull.

The Summit of Speed program will also feature the Grade 2, $250,000 Carry Back for 3-year-olds and Grade 3, $250,000 Azalea stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Entries for the entire card will be drawn Monday.

Surface switches yield runaway wins

Rain continues to wreak havoc with the local stakes schedule. On Friday, inclement weather forced the Mecke Stakes to be moved from the turf to the main track. On Saturday, two more overnight events, the $36,000 Sweettrickydancer and $36,000 No Winking stakes, suffered similar fates.

Joffe's Run and Bereba proved the major beneficiaries of the surface switches. Joffe's Run won the one-mile Sweetrickydancer by 11 widening lengths under Jermaine Bridgmohan, while Bereba was nearly as dominant capturing the five-furlong No Winking by seven lengths with Manoel Cruz aboard.

Both Joffe's Run and Bereba were prohibitive favorites on dirt, each returning $3.40.

The Sweettrickydancer gave the 3-year-old Joffe's Run her second win in her last three starts. She had been outfinished by the older and more experienced Annabil in the Sambacarioca Stakes 13 days earlier. A daughter of Giant's Causeway, Joffe's Run is trained by Marty Wolfson for owner Andrew Rosen.

Bereba posted her first victory since capturing the Sugar N Spice Stakes here last fall. She is owned by Tanourin Stable and trained by Rodolfo Garcia.

Mambo Meister rebounds

After displacing his palate and finishing a disappointing sixth as the 2-5 favorite in the Lord Juban Stakes two weeks earlier, Mambo Meister had something to prove in Saturday's $36,000 American Dreamer. And prove himself he did, rallying to a decisive 5 1/2-length victory over pacesetter Flatter Me Blue in the third and final stakes on the card. It was another 8 1/4 lengths further back to Unbridled Heat.

Mambo Meister ($3.80), a 3-year-old son of King Cugat owned by James Cavanaugh and Chris Pallas and trained by Phil Gleaves, rated kindly in behind the pacesetting Flatter Me Blue, who was stretching out around two turns for the first time in his career. Mambo Meister engaged for command approaching the stretch when he was finally set down by Cruz. He easily pulled away from the tiring Flatter Me Blue through the final furlong.

Mambo Meister gave Cruz, the meet's leading rider, his fourth winner of the afternoon.