07/15/2010 2:11PM

Calhoun has shot at double in Prairie Meadows juvenile stakes


Prairie Meadows carded two $75,000 stakes for 2-year olds at 5 1/2 furlongs on Saturday, and trainer Brett Calhoun has a chance to sweep both stakes with a pair of talented youngsters.

Speed Demon enters as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the race for males, the Prairie Gold Juvenile.

Speed Demon is coming back on two weeks’ rest. He finished a troubled third in the Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs.

“A horse came over on him a little bit, it wouldn’t have mattered though, that Kantharos is pretty good,” said Peaches Greier, assistant for Calhoun. “I thought we fought hard for second.”

“He’s the most experienced one in the field. The only negative about him is the two weeks since his last race. He’s a good feeling horse, its hard to get a good line on him because he’s always a good feeler.”

The good-feeler will takes on six challengers. Smiles Ahead owns the highest Beyer Speed Figure at the meet for 2-year-olds, a 71. The Wilson Brown trainee earned the figure in a maiden special weight win on July 10.

“This colt does everything so easy,” Brown said. Jockey Ken “Shino had him broke in two on the backside. I told Shino I just didn’t want him in front, I don’t want him speed crazy. He ran pretty fast. It looked like on the end of it he could go farther.”

With lots talent and little experience in the race, Brown summed up the dash well, “I am like every other trainer in that race – we are wondering how good they are.”

Calhoun’s other charge, Unbridled Praise, enters as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the Prairie Gold Lassie.

“We are really high on her, she is one of the best we have here,” Greier said.

While less experienced than her stablemate, Unbridled Praise behaves like an old pro.

“This one here has really come along, more so than the colt,” Greier said. “She’s like a old horse on the track.”

Terrel Gore and RNB Racing will look to capture another stakes at the track with Readybdancing. They combined to win the Cornhusker on June 26 with the similarly named, but unrelated, Shadowbdancing. Readybdancing finished second to Dawnie Macho in a maiden special weight at Arlington Park on June 2. Dawnie Macho returned from that race to win the Landaluce at Hollywood Park on July 11.

Canterbury: Sugar Storm will gun it

Two $35,000 sprint stakes restricted to Minnesota-bred 3-year-olds highlight Saturday’s card at Canterbury.

Bernell Rhone has a simple strategy for Sugar Storm in the race for males, the six-furlong Victory S. Myers Jr.

“We hope to go to the lead and save enough for the closers,” he said.

Sugar Storm is exiting a fifth-place finish in an open allowance.

“He raced against older horses,” Rhone said. “It was a tough race, when you have the optional tag on those races you get those old class horses.”

Sugar Storm has early speed, but he has demonstrated class as well.

“He began to look like he was cheap speed, but he’s been carrying it farther every time,” Rhone said. “I think he’ll get six furlongs real easy.” Sugar Storm takes on five others, including Bet Your Boots, who is coming off a key-race victory in the Golden Boy at Assiniboia. Three of the competitors there have come back to win since running in the race, including Cherokees Goal whom returned with a victory in the Harry Jeffrey.

Trainer Jeremiyah Johnson will look to take the fillies affair, the Frances Genter, with his pair.

Becker County Miss enters the race off a two-length victory in an allowance race on July 10.

“We gave her three days off, she was cleaning up her feed, so we took her back to the track,” Johnson said. “She’s chomping at the bit.”

Johnson also believes her 8-1 stablemate, Downerbythemeadow, has a legitimate shot.

“ I have a little gut feeling that she might be live,” he said. “We work them out together all the time, and she hangs right in there. We will probably send her and see if she can hold on, Becker County will probably clean up the table.”

The twosome will take on five others, including Sheso Dazzling, who is trained by Kelly Von Hemel. Sheso Dazzling won her last out in allowance company at Canterbury Park.

“She’s a nice filly, I don’t know if we’ve gotten to the bottom of her yet,” Von Hemel said. “She’s been consistent. If she runs that race again, we should be tough.”