07/05/2002 11:00PM

Caller One comes home


MIAMI - James K. Chapman has confirmed that Caller One will run in Saturday's $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap. The Smile will be the co-feature along with the $400,000 Princess Rooney Stakes on the $1.4 million Summit of Speed program.

Caller One, who is trained by Chapman's son, James Jr., arrived at a quarantine facility in Newburgh, N.Y., on Friday morning following a flight from England. He was scheduled to have been released from quarantine Saturday evening, and was then to be vanned to Belmont Park, along with stablemate Western Pride, prior to embarking for Miami later this week.

Caller One successfully defended his title in the Dubai Golden Shaheen in his 2002 debut, then finished 12th and last following a slow start in the Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Sprint. He was scheduled to make his next start in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Ascot on June 22 but was scratched due to a cough.

"He's had two works since we scratched him from the race at Ascot," the older Chapman said from his hotel in Newburgh on Friday evening. "We could have left him in England for the July Cup at Newmarket on the 10th, but decided to come home and try the race at Calder instead because the purse was bigger."

Caller One, who won the Carry Back Stakes on the inaugural Summit of Speed program two years ago, will carry high weight of

123 pounds in the six-furlong Smile Sprint, and is expected to concede four pounds to Orientate and six to Crafty C. T. and Echo Eddie.

"It's a lot of weight, but if he's on his game who's tougher than he is?" said Chapman, who said Pat Day will be aboard Caller One in the Sprint.

True Direction out

Racing secretary Bob Umphrey said trainer Carlos Morales told him on Saturday that True Direction would not be coming for the $250,000 Carry Back.

"Carlos said his horse popped a splint," said Umphrey.

True Direction would have been among the favorites in the Carry Back, coming off a victory in the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes at Pimlico and a third-place finish behind Gygistar and Draw Play in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup Stakes at Belmont on June 8.

The defection of True Direction may leave Captain Squire, Day Trader, and World Trade to vie for favoritisim in the six-furlong Carry Back. Among the locals expected to start are Handsome Hunk, Kingmaker, Royal Lad, and Bog Hunter.

No mixed-breed race

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has denied Calder permission to run the Thoroughbred-Quarter Horse Challenge on Summit of Speed Day. The race proved one of the more popular races on last year's card.

"I guess there's some statute against running races for mixed breeds," said Umphrey. "Instead I've written a $50,000 overnight handicap at five furlongs for the horses who were pointing toward the Quarter Horse Challenge."

Coolbythepool rebounds

Coolbythepool bounced back from a fifth-place finish in the Hurricane Viv Handicap to register a 1 3/4-length win over Sea Mist in Saturday's $50,000 Georgia on My Mind Handicap, one in a series of stakes held in Florida by the Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

Coolbythepool had little chance over an inside-speed-favoring course in the Hurricane Viv, but found the wet-fast strip much more to her liking Saturday. She rallied under regular rider Julio Garcia to register her second victory in her last three starts. Trained by Marty Wolfson for the Town and Country Corp., Coolbythepool had captured the Nancy's Glitter Handicap earlier in the meet.