07/04/2006 11:00PM

Big fields expected for Summit card


MIAMI - Eclipse Award winner Lost in the Fog and filly and mare sprint sensation Dubai Escapade are expected to be the marquee names on Calder's $1.96 million Summit of Speed card on July 15.

Lost in the Fog will ship to Calder from his northern California base on Saturday, accompanied by his stablemate Victorina, a 3-year-old filly who will compete in the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes. Lost in the Fog will be the heavy favorite to win the Grade 2, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap.

A final decision on the status of Dubai Escapade for the Grade 1, $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap will be made later this week when trainer Eoin Harty returns from a brief holiday. Dubai Escapade worked a half-mile in 47 seconds and galloped out five furlongs in 59 at Belmont Park on Tuesday, after which Harty's assistant Brian Ange said he believed Harty was leaning toward running the once-beaten filly in the Princess Rooney.

Each of the four graded stakes on the Summit of Speed card is expected to draw a large field, according to racing secretary Mike Anifantis.

"The response to the Summit of Speed has been fantastic," said Anifantis. "And it looks like a lot of out-of-town horsemen are leaning towards coming. Right now it appears like we'll have fields of at least nine or more starters in each of the four graded stakes."

Lost in the Fog, who shipped here last summer to dominate the Carry Back Stakes as the odds-on favorite, is expected to top a field in the Smile that Anifantis expects to include B. B. Best, Gaff, Gold Storm, Joey P., Kelly's Landing, Mister Fotis, Nightmare Affair, Pomeroy, Universal Form, and Weigelia. He also said trainer Todd Pletcher is considering sending recent Grade 3 winner Friendly Island down for the race.

Dubai Escapade has won five races in a row since finishing a tiring fifth in her career debut at 2 in Europe. She will attempt to follow in the footsteps of her sister Madcap Escapade, the defending Princess Rooney champion. The Princess Rooney was upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1 status for the first time this season.

Leave Me Alone, who won the Grade 3 Azalea here last summer, is on the grounds and already worked five furlongs in 1:01 here this past weekend in preparation for the six-furlong Princess Rooney. She'll join a field that may also include Annika Lass, Jewels N Gems, Malibu Mint, My Miss Storm Cat, Prospective Saint, Running Bobcats, and Smokey Glacken. Ebony Breeze is also listed as a possibility.

The tentative starting lineup for the Grade 2 Carry Back consists of Blazing Rate, Changing Weather, Folk Festival, Four Sevens, Lord Vicar, Mach Ride, Northern Soldier, R Fast Favorite, Too Much Bling, Town Council, and Yes He's the Man, with Laptop Computer and One Union listed as probables. Too Much Bling, a two-time graded stakes winner, will likely be favored if he makes the trip east for trainer Bob Baffert.

Along with Victorina, the Grade 3 Azalea may include A Sea Trippi, Catch My Fancy, Diplomat Lady, Dixie's Jubilee, Frolicing, Kelly Carson, Morner, Mykindasaint, Press Camp, Rgirldoesn'tbluff, Rich Fantasy, and Wild Gams. Pletcher could also send one of the trio of 3-year-old fillies he has nominated for the race.

Pomeroy working well for Smile

Pomeroy continues to work brilliantly for his return in the Smile. The Grade 2 winner breezed five furlongs in 1:01.40 from the gate on Wednesday.

"He's working well, and wind-wise he'll be plenty fit for the race, but it's still not like running," said trainer Marty Wolfson. "Especially when you know they're going to go 44 and change for the opening half-mile and you're up against a horse like Lost in the Fog."

Pomeroy has not started since finishing eighth in the Grade 1 Vosburgh on Oct. 1.

Miesque's Approval may try Atto Mile

Wolfson was also quite pleased with the performance of his old warrior Miesque's Approval, who won the Grade 2 Firecracker Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs last Saturday.

"I was a little worried about the slow pace," Wolfson said, "but he really exploded through the final furlong just like he did beating Artie Schiller in the Maker's Mark Mile."

Wolfson said he's considering Woodbine's Atto Mile as a potential next spot for Miesque's Approval.

Miesque's Approval was one of two Calder-based runners to win a Grade 2 stakes on Saturday, along with Siphon City, who posted a six-length triumph in Prairie Meadows's Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap. Siphon City is trained by Dan Hurtak.

El Segundo Joe keeps streak alive

One of the best matchups of the meet here did not take place in a stakes but in a $10,000 starter allowance race when El Segundo Joe and Choctaw Charlie put five-race win streaks on the line here Monday. El Segundo Joe emerged the winner, notching his sixth consecutive victory despite breaking a step slowly in the mile and 70-yard event.

El Segundo Joe, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Jose Garafalo, began his streak at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 10. He was claimed for $12,500 out of his 2005 finale here on Dec. 8 for the Gold Coast Racing Stable LLC.

Garafalo will also have one of the main contenders, Fifth Edition, in Friday's $28,000 allowance feature. The race drew a field of six and also includes likely favorites Anglers Reef and Gold Native, along with Collision, Foreign Ruckus, and Weekend Weather.