08/19/2004 11:00PM

Caller One advances toward another start


MIAMI - Caller One, once among the premier sprinters in the world, worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 here Thursday and is expected to make his second start on the comeback trail within the next several weeks.

Caller One, a two-time winner of the Dubai Golden Shaheen, and with earnings of over $3.1 million already in the bank, returned from a 26-month hiatus to finish third in the two-furlong Rocket Man Stakes here on July 10. Now 7, he is currently trained by Laura Posada.

"We're in no rush with him," said Posada, a former jockey who is the only rider to get on Caller One in the mornings here. "He was pretty heavy when he came back to the track and ran only a quarter-mile in his first start.

"This was his first five-furlong work in over two years but he felt really good and he cooled out very well. We don't have a specific race picked out for him yet, but they've been writing overnight handicap sprints for older horses here about every three weeks or so and I'm hoping I can have him ready for the next one."

Dancing Guy going strong at 9

Caller One is a mere youngster compared to Dancing Guy, who is still going strong at age 9 and will be among the favorite's in Sunday's $40,000 Jatski Stakes.

Dancing Guy, a multiple graded stakes winner and among the leaders of the local handicap division since the beginning of the decade, got back on the winning track following a long dry spell when defeating high-priced optional claiming company, including Aeneas, by 3 1/4 lengths on June 25. A stretch-runner throughout his career, Dancing Guy showed a new side when allowed to coast along on the lead in extremely slow fractions before drawing off through the stretch for his first victory since the Grade 3 Memorial Day Handicap in May of 2003.

Dancing Guy will have to revert to his regular modus operandi in the Jatski with the task of catching Island Skipper and Kristine's King, who figure to assure an honest pace in the 1 1/8-mile stakes.

Island Skipper reverted back to his top form last month, with a 15-length second-level allowance victory and a second behind division leader Super Frolic in the Best of the Rest Stakes, earning Beyer Speed Figures of 107 and 104 for those races.

Kristine's King defeated Island Skipper by six lengths when claimed for $35,000 by trainer Gerald Procino for owner Stephen Bell on June 7, and was narrowly beaten as the favorite in his last two starts.

Dustys Birthday, who worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 on Friday, Rays a Ruler, and Black Mambo round out the field.

Zimmerman gets 200th win of 2004

Jockey Ramsey Zimmerman's victory aboard Ceremony for trainer Kirk Ziadie in Monday's third race was the 200th on the year for the veteran rider, who is currently ranked fifth nationally, just behind John Velazquez and just in front of Edgar Prado, in total victories for the year.

Zimmerman, who rode for Ziadie this winter at Tampa Bay Downs, is currently based at Fairmount Park in Illinois and is expected to ride here on that track's dark days in an attempt to improve his ranking in the national jockey standings.

* Jockey Manny Aguilar, who won Friday's fifth race aboard Wekiva Mist, has been named Calder Jockey of the Month for August. Aguilar, currently third in the jockey standings behind Eddie Castro and M.R. Cruz, won his first Florida Stallion Stakes race last weekend when guiding Aclassysassylassy to an easy victory in the Desert Vixen Division of the series.