07/04/2010 11:00PM

D' Funnybone returning to Miami for Summit


MIAMI - The homecoming of old friend D' Funnybone and full fields in the afternoon's two main events, the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap and Grade 2 Smile Handicap, should make Saturday's Summit of Speed program one of the most attractive in the 11-year history of Calder Race Course's marquee event.

D' Funnybone, who made his first two starts locally before being sold privately to owner Paul Pompa Jr. and turned over to trainer Rick Dutrow around this same time last summer, will return as the overwhelming favorite to add the Grade 2 Carry Back to the four Grade 2 wins already on his r sum . D' Funnybone competed on the 2009 Summit of Speed card, finishing second behind Jackson Bend in the Frank Gomez Memorial.

Unlike the Carry Back, which lured just five starters because of the imposing presence of D' Funnybone, both the Princess Rooney and Smile drew 13 entries apiece when the 12-race Summit of Speed card was drawn on Monday.

Four of the 13 fillies and mares entered in the Princess Rooney -- Saintly Rose, Jessica Is Back, Saratoga Tango, and First Passage -- come from the barn of trainer Marty Wolfson. They will face a field that includes 121-pound highweight Dr. Zic, Dubai Majesty (120), Hour Glass (119), Warbling (119), and Mother Ruth (117).

Dr. Zic is the only Grade 1 winner in the field, having won Keeneland's Madison earlier this season. Hour Glass and Dubai Majesty both come into the Princess Rooney off graded stakes wins, while First Passage will attempt to duplicate her winning performance in the Grade 3 Azalea on last year's Summit card.

The locally based pair of Big Drama, the starting highweight under 121 pounds, and multiple Grade 3 winner Mambo Meister (118) will try to defend their home turf in the Smile against an imposing group of shippers that includes Taqarub (118), Congressional Page (117), Not for Silver (117), Go Go Shoot (115), and Golden Spikes (114) in the six-furlong Smile.

Both Not for Silver and Golden Spikes already own a Summit of Speed victory, having accounted for the last two renewals of the Carry Back.

South Florida will also be well represented in the Azalea, with the lightly raced but promising Pica Slew likely to vie for favoritism with Grade 3 winner Buckleupbuttecup and trainer Bob Baffert's vastly improved Rapport.

The outstanding card also includes the $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint, the $100,000 Jj'sdream Stakes and the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial.

"I am a little surprised the two big ones got 13 horses each, and both races should be extremely competitive," said Calder's racing secretary, Mike Anifantis. "Not only do we have quantity, but the quality of both fields is excellent. Obviously it was tough just to get four horses to run against D' Funnybone, but then that was to be expected."