07/14/2010 11:00PM

Calhoun has shot at stakes double


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 them 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 comes back on two weeks' rest. He was a troubled third at Churchill in the Bashford Manor, which was won by Kantharos.

"A horse came over on him a little bit," said Peaches Geier, assistant for Calhoun. "It wouldn't have mattered, though. That Kantharos is pretty good. 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. It's hard to get a good line on him because he's always a good-feeler."

Speed Demon will takes on six challengers. One of them, Smiles Ahead, owns the highest Beyer Speed Figure at the meet for a 2-year-old, a 71. Smiles Ahead earned the figure in a maiden special weight win under Ken Shino on July 10.

"This colt does everything so easy," trainer Wilson Brown said. "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."

The Calhoun-trained Unbridled Praise enters as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the Prairie Gold Lassie for 2-year-old fillies. In her only start, Unbridled Praise won a Churchill Downs maiden race by 3 1/2 lengths, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 71.

"We are really high on her," Geier said. "She is one of the best we have here."

Unbridled Praise behaves like an old pro, he said. "This one here has really come along, more so than the colt," Geier said. "She's like an 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.