07/04/2003 11:00PM

Hennig keeps same plan with Gold Mover


MIAMI, Fla. - Gold Mover came to town as an underdog for the 2002 Princess Rooney Handicap when she was pitted against defending Eclipse Award winner Xtra Heat. But Gold Mover turned in one of the best performances of her career and upset the odds-on favorite.

Saturday, Gold Mover returns to Miami as the starting highweight and horse to beat in defense of her title in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney.

"It doesn't matter to me what role we're in," trainer Mark Hennig said by phone from New York Saturday. "I'm just glad we don't have to run against Xtra Heat again."

The Princess Rooney is one of six sprint stakes races that will be run at Calder Saturday as part of the $1.7 million Summit of Speed.

Hennig has brought Gold Mover up to the Princess Rooney in exactly the same manner he did last summer - off starts in Churchill Downs'

Grade 1 Humana Distaff and Belmont's Grade 2 Vagrancy handicaps. But Gold Mover has not performed quite as well in those two races this season as she did a year ago.

"She didn't particularly like the mud the last time," Hennig said referring to Gold Mover's third-place finish behind Shawklit Mint in the Vagrancy. "But she seems to be training really well and the fact she's handled Calder so well in the past is a big part of the equation."

Gold Mover has been assigned 118 pounds for the six-furlong Princess Rooney, three more than she carried to her half-length victory over Xtra Heat a year ago. And as was the case last summer, she'll have the services of jockey Jerry Bailey.

A strong field is shaping up for the Princess Rooney which, along with Gold Mover, is expected to include Forest Heiress, Harmony Lodge, Shawklit Mint, For Rubies, Chispiski, Slews Final Answer, Tchula Miss, Vision In Flight, Lady Stars, and perhaps Silk Concorde.

Accompanying Gold Mover on Thursday's flight from New York will be stablemate Halo Home-

wrecker, who will try to get back on the winning track in the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes. Halo Home-

wrecker has finished third in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup and sixth in the Grade 3 Withers since capturing the Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes on April 12.

"I thought he ran well in the Riva Ridge even though he finished third," Hennig said. "The two horses who beat him, Posse and Midas Eyes, if they're not the best 3-year-old sprinters in the country right now they are certainly two of the top three or four. I'm more concerned about how he'll handle this track than anything else."

Hennig has also signed on Bailey aboard Halo Homewrecker for the Carry Back.

* Beau's Town has been assigned high weight of 121 pounds for the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap, two more than Shake You Down. My Cousin Matt, who like Shake You Down is trained by Scott Lake, will carry 118.

Echo Eddie (115), Built Up (114), Juggernaut (114), Tough of the Cat (114), Here's Zealous (113), Lord Abounding (112), and Swift Replica (111) are also expected for the six-furlong Smile.

* Jorge Chavez will be among the riders coming to town for the Summit of Speed program. Chavez is scheduled to ride Lord Abounding for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. in the Smile, either Big League Lady or All the Honor for Plesa in the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup, Petrina Above for Frank Carlisi in the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint Handicap, and Silk Concorde if she comes for the Princess Rooney.

* Trainer Patrick Biancone has apparently had a change of heart and will not be sending Zavata down for the Carry Back. Biancone originally said he was pointing for the Carry Back following Zavata's allowance victory at Monmouth June 26.

* Several local horses had final tune-ups for the Summit of Speed Saturday morning. Hear No Evil, among the nominees for both the Carry Back and Smile, went a half-mile in 46.60 seconds, while his stablemate Awesome of Course worked the same distance in 47.60 in preparation for the Carry Back.

Other workers included Lady Stars, who breezed a half-mile from the gate in 48.60 for the Azalea; Tchula Miss, four furlongs in 48 for the Princess Rooney; and Lord Abounding, five furlongs in 1:02.40.