07/02/2002 11:00PM

Calling all travel agents: Caller One needs a flight


MIAMI - Caller One, who has blossomed into a world-class sprinter since his smashing performance in the inaugural Summit of Speed two years ago, may return for this year's edition of the sprint festival.

That is, if trainer James Chapman can get him here.

Racing secretary Bob Umphrey said Chapman has called numerous times expressing a desire to run in the $250,000 Smile Sprint Handicap a week from Saturday. But according to Umphrey, Caller One is still in England and awaiting a return to the United States. He was entered and scratched from the Golden Jubilee Stakes June 22 at Royal Ascot.

"Jim wants to bring him here, but he's not sure if he can make the necessary arrangements to get him back to the States and to clear quarantine in time to get him here by next week," said Umphrey.

Caller One has made his only two starts this year outside the U.S. He launched his campaign by winning the Dubai Golden Shaheen Stakes at Nad Al Sheba for the second straight year. A poor start cost Caller One all chance in the Singapore Airlines Sprint on May 16.

Umphrey said if Caller One comes, Pat Day will likely have the mount.

With or without Caller One, the six-furlong Smile is shaping up a classy affair. Umphrey said California invaders Crafty C. T. and Echo Eddie are confirmed for the race, and D. Wayne Lukas will wheel Orientate back off his 4 1/2-length win in last Saturday's Grade 3 Aristides Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Count Pletcher out

Trainer Todd Pletcher nominated a total of seven 3-year-olds to two $250,000 Summit of Speed races, the Carry Back Stakes and the Azalea Stakes. But as of Wednesday Pletcher was not planning on sending any of them down for those races. Pletcher won the Calder Turf Sprint Handicap with Texas Glitter on the 2001 Summit of Speed card.

Pletcher nominated fillies Proper Gamble, School for Scandal, and Zawzooth to the Azalea. Zawzooth was the most likely to make the trip for the six-furlong dash, but she bruised a foot winning an allowance race at Belmont last week and won't run.

"She's fine but the bruise set her back in training a few days," said Pletcher, who trains Zawzooth for owners Jack and Laurie Wolf of Harlan's Holiday fame. "Since she's a filly who seems at her best when her races are spaced apart, and I was on the fence to begin with, I didn't need much excuse to pass on the race."

The starting lineup for the Azalea as of Wednesday was expected to include invaders Bold World, Miss City Halo, Nice Boots Baby, Ragin T Rex, and Spring Meadow, along with locals Miss Dixie Chick, Sea Span, and Tchula Miss. Willa on the Move also may run.

Among those with an eye on the Carry Back are shippers True Direction, World Trade, Day Trader, Captain Squire, and Affirm Cat, and the locally based foursome of Bog Hunter, Handsome Hunk, Royal Lad, and perhaps The Judge Sez Who and Running Tide.

Early arrival

The first Summit of Speed shipper to arrive on the grounds was Prized Amberpro, who is here for the $400,000 Princess Rooney. Prized Amberpro is trained by Louisiana-based Scott Gelner and has won 11 of 23 career starts.

Said Umphrey: "She's a really nice filly. She's already beaten Hattiesburg and Hallowed Dreams this year."

In previous years, Prized Amberpro might have been one of the favorites in the Princess Rooney. This year, however, she'll be one of the outsiders with the competition to include Eclipse Award winner Xtra Heat and Gold Mover.

The easier spot

Trainer Tim Ritvo has changed plans for Lord Juban, leader of the local 3-year-old turf division, and will now ship him to Belmont Park for the Lexington Stakes on July 14 instead of to Colonial Downs for the $500,000 Virginia Derby the previous afternoon.

"I think we've done this horse a lot of good by picking the easiest spots we could find for him this season," said Ritvo. "He's still learning and thus far we've been able to get him to mature and build his confidence. And we'll continue that strategy for the time being. Of the two races, the Lexington looks like a much easier spot than the one at Colonial."

Ritvo said Lord Juban will ship to New York on July 10, with regular rider Cornelio Velasquez retaining the mount.