Updated on 09/15/2011 1:35PM

Jumpers will get double exposure


MIAMI - The steeplechase set will be out in force Sunday at Calder with a pair of races carded over the fences, including the third running of the Grade 3, $50,000 Tropical Park Steeplechase Handicap.

The Tropical Park Steeplechase has been the final race on the National Steeplechase Association's stakes schedule since its inception in 1999. Sunday will be the first time that Calder will present a second jump race on its program, a conditioned allowance with a $25,000 purse. Both steeple-chase races will be decided at 2 1/4 miles.

Spring Salute will be the starting highweight under 154 pounds in the Tropical Park Steeplechase. He is trained by Sanna Neilson and will be ridden by Gus Brown, the same team that won the 2000 Tropical Steeplechase with Pompeyo.

Spring Salute won the Grade 3 Appleton Handicap at Far Hills in October and also finished third behind stablemate Praise the Prince, regarded as one of the premier horses on the steeplechase circuit this season, in the Grade 2 A P Smithwick Memorial Handicap at Saratoga during the summer. The 7-year-old Spring Salute was also a Grade 2 winner in 2000.

"He's not quite as consistent as Praise the Prince," Neilson said of Spring Salute earlier this year. "But he is capable of running a very big race when he decides to. He's very unpredictable."

Also in the field for the Tropical Park Steeplechase are P.C. Plod, Teb's Bend, Feeling So Pretty, Ethical Actions, Hokan, and Plumb Bob.

Teb's Bend fell over the 10th fence in the Appleton but bounced back with a game win in the Crown Royal Handicap two weeks later in Georgia. The 8-year-old Tab's Bend is also an accomplished runner on dirt and holds the rare distinction of having won over both the jumps and flat during the 1997 Saratoga meet.

Hokan is attempting to rejuvenate his career for trainer Janet Elliot. The 8-year-old Hokan won the prestigious Grade 1 New York Turfwriters Handicap in 1998 but has started just three times since and most recently was well beaten in the Colonial Cup Handicap.

Feeling So Pretty is trained by Scotty Schulhofer and like Hokan was also well beaten in the Colonial Cup.

P.C. Plod, who won a restricted Grade 2 race in his last start, will be ridden by Matt McCarron, son of Hal of Fame rider Chris McCarron.

Recent claim steps up in 'Big Red'

The main track feature Sunday will be the $35,000 Tour's Big Red, an overnight Stakes for 3-year-olds that matches a pair of promising but lightly raced colts, Seeking the Show and Go to Harvard, both of whom have won 4 of 6 starts.

Go to Harvard was claimed for $50,000 out of his last start at Churchill Downs and is the first horse trainer Steve Flint will saddle at the current meet.

Homeister in TV documentary

A film crew from the Discovery Channel was on hand Thursday and Friday following jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. for a segment to appear on a documentary entitled "Miami Medical" to air early next year.

The documentary is about the health and medical aspects of racing. It will include reports on the medical personnel and services provided at the track to keep jockeys healthy, and will also focus on personnel who aid jockeys and backstretch workers when they are injured on the job.

* Defending champ Miners Gamble is among the 13 horses nominated to the $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap to be decided at seven furlongs on Dec. 15. Miners Gamble, who defeated Alice's Notebook to win the 2000 Kenny Noe, has spent the summer and fall campaigning in the Midwest for trainer Dennis Ebert.