11/23/2006 12:00AM

Extreme Day back for a second try


MIAMI - After much of the Extreme Day I program was washed down the drain by heavy rain in July, Calder management wasted little time rescheduling the innovative event, which returns on Saturday with a series of unorthodox races that includes the world's fastest daily double and the King George's Wrong Way Stakes.

"There were 8,000 people here in bad weather for the first Extreme Day and we are eager to present these races," said Calder president Ken Dunn.

Extreme Day II will offer five stakes, including the $50,000 Wicapi at 1 1/2 miles on the turf. But the most talked-about races on the card will be a one-mile entry-level allowance race on the grass and a bottom-priced maiden claiming dash that will be run simultaneously as the world's fastest daily double.

The King George's Wrong Way Stakes is scheduled for 1 3/8 miles and will be run clockwise on the turf, weather permitting. On July 22, when it was first scheduled, the race went at 1 1/4 miles in the normal counter-clockwise direction over a sloppy main track.

Joey Blueeyes, who finished second as the even-money favorite behind Texas Red in the original King George's Wrong Way, will be the public's choice once again on Saturday. The son of Flying Pidgeon has hit the board in each of his last seven starts but is winless since capturing a $32,000 claiming race over the main track on July 3.

Bogangles, who finished a half-length behind Joey Blueeyes under $16,000 starter allowance conditions last month, may prove the one to beat. The 5-year-old Bogangles worked a bullet half-mile clockwise over the main track here last week.

Miss Bradford Co. is the only filly in the King George. A consistent sort, Miss Bradford Co. has won 3 of 11 starts and been worse than third just twice this season.

The Wicapi lured a strong field, led by Ramazutti, Spider Power, and Islero Noir.

Ramazutti ran in three Grade 1 races for trainer Todd Pletcher this summer, his best finish a fourth in the 12-furlong Sword Dancer at Saratoga. Although winless in eight starts on the season, Ramazutti did finish second, beaten a neck, in the Grade 3 Louisville and Grade 3 Pan American handicaps.

Spider Power has hit the board in three Grade 2 races and one Grade 3 event this year but has only a single victory during 2006. He may be suspect at the distance, having been beyond nine furlongs only once in his career.

Islero Noir will carry high weight of 120 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Wicapi. The French-bred is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Knickerbocker at Aqueduct.

The mystery horse in the field is Teofilo, who was a Group 2 winner in his native Peru in 2005 and an 11-length winner going 12 furlongs against listed stakes company earlier this year. The Wicapi will mark his U.S. debut.

Three other stakes on the Extreme Day II card were run on Extreme Day I, including the two-furlong Rocket Man, the Methuselah for 5-year-olds and up, and the Gray Pride for grays and roans.

Two-furlong specialist Rain Song shipped here to easily win the Rocket Man in July and returns as the heavy favorite on Saturday. The speedy mare is perfect in five starts at the distance and came within .20 of the track record when registering a 1 3/4-length decision over Bermuda Triangle in Rocket Man I.

J Town, who set the early pace in the recent Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap, and He's My Man, fourth behind Rain Song in Rocket Man I, lead the competition.

Slider dominated Gray Pride I by 14 lengths as the 3-2 favorite here this summer, but his form has tailed off dramatically since that outing. He figures to receive early pressure from Paul B. Jones and Prince Alphie.

Bodgiteer, who won three straight races at Suffolk Downs over a five-week span in September and October, will likely be the tepid favorite in the 6 1/2-furlong Methuselah over fellow New Englanders Kipper's Night and Wild Geese. Also in the field are Tyler's Jewel from Fort Erie and the locals Sami's Majic, Heza Good Guy, and Mynavigator.