06/30/2006 12:00AM

'He's the Man' returns home


MIAMI - Yes He's the Man has won 4 of his 6 career starts, a couple of stakes, and is perfect over his home base of Calder Race Course. So it should come as no surprise that trainer David Braddy recently shipped the 3-year-old Yes He's the Man back to south Florida from New Jersey to take a shot at the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes on July 15.

Braddy sent Yes He's the Man to Monmouth Park shortly after his impressive 5 1/4-length victory in the Naked Greed Stakes here on April 28, a performance that earned the son of Yes It's True a career-best 104 Beyer Speed Figure. Yes He's the Man captured Monmouth's Gilded Time Stakes in similarly easy fashion before finishing a troubled third in the Select Stakes in his most recent start on June 11.

"He stumbled a little getting away from there in the Select and also grabbed his quarter, so he had a lot going against him that day," said Braddy, who owns and bred Yes He's the Man in partnership with Joel Sainer. "But I've come to learn a long time ago everything doesn't always go good all the time in this business. At that point Joel and I just decided to bring him back home and give him a shot at the Carry Back."

Yes He's the Man appeared to be suffering no ill effects from his experience in the Select when he worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 here Friday morning. He started out well in hand before finishing up his final eighth in less than 12 seconds.

"I felt like he's pretty fit, so this work was just something to do between races," said Braddy. "He started off a little slower than I'd have liked, but I was most interested in seeing that he finished up well, which he did."

Braddy said he sent Yes He's the Man to Monmouth because of insufficient local opportunities between the Naked Greed and Carry Back.

"There really wasn't anything here until that overnight stakes that Steve won a couple of weeks ago," said Braddy, referring to his colleague, Steve Standridge, who sent out Mach Ride to win the overnight Valid Video Stakes on June 18. "And that would have been just too long a time to sit still. We've kind of been looking at this race all along and I think it's to our advantage not only to be racing over our home track but also to be able to train in the heat."

Nominations for the Grade 3 Carry Back and the seven other stakes on the July 15 Summit of Speed program closed on Saturday, and Braddy said at this point he's not certain about the main competition.

"The two horses I'm afraid of are Songster and Too Much Bling and I've already read in the Racing Form that Songster will be making his next start at Saratoga," said Braddy. "Although you know that for this kind of money some very good horses are going to show up."

Braddy said he expects to have the services of regular rider Eddie Castro aboard Yes He's the Man in the Carry Back.

Smile Sprint candidates tune up

Older sprinters will be in the spotlight Sunday when a field of eight contest the feature, a $40,000 optional claimer at six furlongs.

Among the leading contenders in the race, which could serve as a prep for the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap on Summit of Speed Day, are the Grade 2 stakes-placed Qureall and two-time stakes winner Cin Cin, both of whom will be making their 2006 debut.

Qureall, who finished a distant second behind Lost in the Fog in the 2005 Carry Back, has been idle since his third-place finish in the Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap on Nov. 12.

Cin Cin, winless since posting back-to-back victories in the Affirmed and Foolish Pleasure stakes at 2, has also been sidelined since the Jack Dudley.

Paradise Dancer, who won a similar race on May 29, looms a dangerous rival along with Eternal Look and Blue Pepsi Lodge.