Updated on 09/17/2011 10:57AM

Joe's Son Joey upsets Turf Sprint


MIAMI - Joe's Son Joey gave Bravo the first of his two winners on the Summit of Speed card, rallying from just off the pace to a 1 1/4-length victory over 22-1 Callthesheriff in the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint Handicap.

Joe's Son Joey, making just his second start of the year, got a perfect trip, overtaking the dueling leaders near the eighth pole before edging clear in the final furlong. A son of Fast Play, Joe's Son Joey covered five furlongs in 55.63 seconds over a firm course and paid $16.80.

"He had a long time off after an ankle injury," said Monmouth Park-based Tim Hills, who trains Joe's Son Joey for owner Joseph Lunetta. "We kind of rolled the dice running him in the race at Philadelphia over a soft track but he's a big horse and needed to run to be able to make this race."

Callthesheriff had to steady briefly leaving the backstretch, then outfinished Abderian by three-quarters of a length to finish second. Abderian did not have a horse beat turning into the stretch before finishing full of run to be third. Petrina Above, one of two fillies in the field, had to steady several times when blocked behind the leaders along the hedge around the turn, while Testify, the 3-1 favorite in the evenly matched field, broke slowly, was never a factor, and finished ninth.

Rocket Man: Baby Shark repeats

Baby Shark got the day off to a very fast start when he successfully defended his title in the $50,000 Rocket Man, winning the two-furlong race by 1 1/4 lengths over Love My Mountain.

Baby Shark, who equaled a track record winning the 2002 Rocket Man by four lengths, had to work a bit harder to repeat. Love My Mountain outsprinted the 1-5 Baby Shark out of the chute and onto the main track. But Baby Shark gradually edged clear despite drifting in and out a bit through the final furlong.

Travis Dunkelberger rode Baby Shark, who paid $2.60 and was timed in 21.15 seconds over a fast track. He ran the distance in 20.80 last year.