06/15/2001 12:00AM

Calder sprint is prep for 'Summit'


MIAMI - Winning Sunday's $50,000-added Born Famous Stakes would be nice, but for many of the eight fillies and mares entered in the six-furlong dash the race is merely a steppingstone to potentially a much bigger payday in four weeks on the $1 million Summit of Speed program.

For the older runners in the Born Famous field, such as 119-pound highweight Dynamite Diablo, Precious Feather, and Sugar N Spice, the race will serve as a potential prep for the $400,000, Grade 3 Princess Rooney Handicap on July 14. For the lone 3-year-old in the lineup, 2000 Florida Stallion Series winner Valid Forbes, a strong effort in the Born Famous could earn her a start in the $250,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes that same afternoon.

Dynamite Diablo will be the one to catch in the Born Famous, using the same style she has used to win six of her seven starts over the local course, including the Spirit Of Fighter Handicap over a racetrack that did not favor speed horses on opening day of the 2001 meet. Roger Velez will replace jockey Rosemary Homeister, who has opted to ride Precious Feather on Sunday.

Precious Feather will make her 2001 debut but comes into the race sharp, fit and, ready for a big effort, according to trainer James Hatchett.

"We gave her some time off on the farm [Jacks Or Better] this winter to freshen her up following her big 3-year-old campaign," said Hatchett. "She's been here with me about five or six weeks now and training well."

Precious Feather won four of 13 starts, including three stakes at 3, while also finishing second in the Azalea Breeders' Cup. She has not started since finishing seventh in the Frances A Genter Handicap on turf on Dec. 16.

Sugar 'N Spice seeks to rebound from a disappointing third-place finishes in the Spirit Of Fighter and Enjoy the Silence handicaps in her last two starts. The late striding mare is graded stakes placed, for finishing third in the Chaposa Springs Handicap here in 2000.

Valid Forbes won two of three legs of the filly division of the 2000 Florida Stallion Series but has not started since finishing a well beaten seventh making her turf debut in the Tropical Oaks on Jan. 2.

*Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. sent out Sara's Success to breeze a mile in 1:47.40 Friday in preparation for the $50,000 Office Queen Stakes Saturday.