07/04/2004 11:00PM

Calder dash for cash

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Bear Fan is part of a field that includes Harmony Lodge and Ema Bovary in the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap.

MIAMI - Calder's Summit of Speed has attracted some of the country's best sprinters in its brief four-year history, including the winner of each of the last two Breeders' Cup Sprints. Saturday's fifth edition may be the biggest and best yet.

Entries for the six Summit of Speed stakes, worth $1.75 million, as well as the rest of Saturday's outstanding 13-race program, were drawn Monday. Among the most notable names on the list are Bear Fan, Harmony Lodge, Lady Tak, and Ema Bovary in the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap; Alke, Champali, Valid Video, My Cousin Matt, and Hombre Rapido in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap; Ice Wynnd Fire, Forest Danger, and Bwana Charlie in the $300,000 Carry Back; and Reforest, Dazzle Me, Chatter Chatter, and French Village in the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup.

The most recognizable name on the card will also be running for the smallest of the six stakes prizes, just $50,000, in the two-furlong Rocket Man Stakes, which marks the unexpected return of Caller One. A winner of over $3 million, Caller One will be making his first start since May 11, 2002, in the Rocket Man.

Saturday's 13-race program drew 140 horses, excluding also-eligibles, an average of 11 starters per race.

"The response to the Summit of Speed was overwhelming," said racing secretary Bob Umphrey. "And it just keeps getting better all the time. I'm just elated and happy to see the growth we've had in this event over the past few years."

The Grade 2 Princess Rooney will highlight the card. The six-furlong dash drew a field of only six fillies and mares, but it includes four of the premier members of the division, led by 122-pound highweight Bear Fan. Bear Fan is part of a field that includes Grade 1 winners Lady Tak and Harmony Lodge; Ema Bovary, who already owns victories over both Bear Fan and Harmony Lodge; local division leader Mary Murphy; and Puxa Saco.

Bear Fan moved to the head of her class with one-sided victories in the Grade 2 Genuine Risk and Grade 2 Vagrancy handicaps at Belmont, earning a 112 Beyer Speed Figure for her track record performance in the Vagrancy.

Harmony Lodge, third behind Gold Mover in the 2003 Princess Rooney, has finished second in each of her last three starts, including the Genuine Risk.

Lady Tak, winner of the 2003 Test Stakes, was beaten by Ema Bovary and Harmony Lodge in Keeneland's seven-furlong Madison Stakes, but has bounced back to win her last two starts, including the Winning Colors Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Ema Bovary had her nine-race win streak halted in her last start when she was second in Hollywood Park's Desert Stormer Handicap.

Alke will likely share favoritism with Champali in the wide-open Smile Sprint, a race Orientate used as a stepping-stone to his victory in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Sprint and an eventual Eclipse Award. Trainer Todd Pletcher said Monday, however, that there was a chance Alke might have to skip the race.

"He came down with a quarter crack about five days ago," Pletcher said Monday. "And I'm waiting on a work that he really needs. We'll patch the crack tomorrow and see how he goes. It's day-to-day right now, and if he's not 100 percent he won't come."

Champali, one of four mounts on the day for Jerry Bailey, has won each of his last two starts, including the Grade 3 Aristides Handicap.

Valid Video, who beat 2003 BC Sprint winner Cajun Beat in last year's Carry Back, and My Cousin Matt finished second and third in the James Moseley Handicap at Suffolk Downs on June 19. My Cousin Matt finished third behind stablemate Shake You Down in last year's Smile Sprint.

Caller One was one of the premier sprinters in the world for several seasons before being forced to the sidelines because of a tendon injury during the spring of 2002. His most important victories came in the 2001 and 2002 Dubai Golden Shaheen.