07/03/2013 4:29PM

Calder: Wolfson loaded for Summit of Speed

Barbara D. Livingston
Swagger Jack, winning the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct in spring, is one of 11 horses trainer Marty Wolfson has entered on the Summit of Speed card.

MIAMI – Marty Wolfson is scheduled to move his entire 25-horse stable from Calder to Gulfstream Park on Sunday. Less than 24 hours earlier, he’ll run 11 of those horses in stakes races on Calder’s Summit of Speed program, including five in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap.

Running four or even as many as five horses in a stakes is nothing new to Wolfson, whose barn has been dominated by fillies and mares over the past several years, many of whom belonging to either Farnsworth Farms or Miller Racing LLC. Wolfson started five horses when he won the Princess Rooney with Jessica Is Back in 2010. He also captured the Rooney in 1995 and 1996 with Miss Gibson County and Chaposa Springs.

Wolfson’s five pack on Saturday will consist of Givhan Ferry, a 4-year-old daughter of Congaree who joined his barn earlier this spring; Centrique, another recent acquisition who arrived shortly after her fourth-place finish in April in the Grade 2 Ruffian at Aqueduct; Oh Carole, runner-up in the U Can Do It Handicap who was claimed for $50,000 by Miller Racing out of a win at Keeneland in April; Spectacular Sky, who has become a multiple stakes winner since joining Wolfson’s stable last summer; and Starship Truffles, who has dominated the starter allowance ranks here since the fall and also is a stakes winner at the meet.

“They’re all good fillies,” Wolfson said. “Starship Truffles may be a starter allowance filly, but she’s a monster right now. Oh Carole just got beat by a nose in the prep, and Spectacular Sky is a very fast filly. We have some speed horses and some closers in the Princess Rooney, so it’s a pretty good mix.”

Wolfson also expects a big effort from Swagger Jack in the Grade 2 Smile. Swagger Jack upset the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct going seven furlongs before finishing a troubled seventh stretching out to a mile in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont in his most recent try.

“At seven-eighths, they wouldn’t beat him Saturday,” said Wolfson, who will have Jose Lezcano aboard Swagger Jack. “But three-quarters is a little short. He would have been right there in the Met. He got absolutely annihilated by Flat Out, annihilated. Lezcano was in that race, and he called me and said he wanted to ride him here this weekend.”

Wolfson also likes the chances of another recent arrival, By Golly Molly, who steps up off an entry-level allowance win against older females to run in the Grade 3 Azalea for 3-year-old fillies Saturday. She, too, will be ridden by Lezcano.

“Eddie Kenneally recently sent her to me, and I like her a lot,” Wolfson said of By Golly Molly, who drew the rail for her graded stakes debut.

Wolfson’s other Summit of Speed entrants include Simmstown in the $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint and the trio of Lexington Pearl, Ann of the Dance and Canadian Mistress (entered for the main track only) in the $100,000 Hollywood Wildcat.

Invaders top Princess Rooney

Team Wolfson helped swell the field for the Princess Rooney to 12, plus an also-eligible. Although he’ll have strength in numbers, Wolfson will have his hands full trying to beat a trio of Grade 1-placed invaders: likely favorite Judy the Beauty, the Kentucky-based Holiday Soiree, and Reneesgotzip, who has not started since finishing second in Santa Anita’s La Brea in December.

Trained by Peter Miller, Reneesgotzip has regular rider Garret Gomez named to ride in the Princess Rooney.

Along with the Wolfson fivesome, the local contingent also includes the red-hot Capitalism At Risk, a former claimer who registered her fifth straight victory when capturing the U Can Do It Handicap four weeks earlier.

Strong field for Smile

The Smile, a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, drew an even stronger lineup, led by Swagger Jack and reigning sprint champion Trinniberg. Two-time Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend, who has returned locally in an attempt to regain his top form, and stablemate Fort Loudon give trainer Stanley Gold a potent one-two punch in the Smile, which has a full field of 12, plus three also-eligibles.

Apriority also has returned to his Calder roots. He is seeking his first victory since capturing Gulfstream Park’s Grade 3 Mr. Prospector 18 months earlier. Justin Phillip ships in for trainer Steve Asmussen off a second-place finish in the Grade 2 True North Handicap at Belmont Park.

The remainder of the field consists of Trickmeister, Off the Jak, Cajun Breeze, Black Diamond Cat, Bahamian Squall, and Close It Out, with Artefacto, Grande Shores, and On Appeal on the also-eligible list.

Asmussen entered four horses for the Summit of Speed. Along with Justin Phillip, he’ll also have 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Regally Ready in the $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint, recent allowance winner Mico Margarita for the Grade 3 Carry Back, and Speedinthruthecity for the Azalea. All four of the Asmussen runners will be ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr.

Terri Zeitz More than 1 year ago
This is more like a Grade 1 race with all of the top notch horses running in the Smile Sprint. There is a great deal of talent in that race. And quite a few had been ridden at Calder and/ or Gulfstream know the track and can handle the hot weather.