07/07/2006 12:00AM

Kelly's Landing will face Fog again


MIAMI - Trainer Eddie Kenneally had six weeks to find another 1 1/4 lengths for Kelly's Landing. That's how far Lost in the Fog beat Kelly's Landing when the pair met for the first time in the Grade 3 Aristides Handicap on June 3 at Churchhill Downs. The two speedsters will match strides again next Saturday in Calder's $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap.

Not that the Smile is a two-horse race by any means. But Kenneally and just about everybody else consider reigning Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Lost in the Fog the horse to beat in the Grade 2 race.

"I thought Kelly's Landing's race against Lost in the Fog out here in Kentucky was a very good one," Kenneally said from Churchill Downs on Friday morning. "He was a little bit wide but he ran his race, and if everything were to go his way in the Smile I think he can make up the difference."

Kelly's Landing is a relatively lightly raced 5-year-old gelding who will be making only his 15th career start in the Smile. He has won six of those races, including the 2005 Aristides in which he upset Battle Won as an 11-1 outsider. Kelly's Landing is also no stranger to south Florida, where he has won twice, both those victories coming at Gulfstream Park. The Smile will mark his first start at Calder.

"You always worry about moving a horse during the heat of the summer and Calder is a different track than Gulfstream," said Kenneally. "But he seems to handle most tracks well, and we're aware of and prepared for how hot it will be down there. We're very excited about coming down and trying Lost in the Fog again. It's a big purse in the summer for a sprinter and as well as my horse is doing at the moment he definitely deserves the chance."

Rafael Bejarano has ridden Kelly's Landing in each of his last two starts, but as of Friday Kenneally did not have a jockey confirmed for the Smile.

Prado gets prime mounts

Edgar Prado, in a battle with seven-time Calder jockey champion Eibar Coa for top honors during the Belmont Park meeting, is expected to be here to ride on the Summit of Speed card. Prado is the regular rider for Dubai Escapade, who will be the heavy favorite if she comes for the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap. Trainer Todd Pletcher has secured Prado's services aboard Friendly Island in the Smile and G City Gal in the Grade 3 Azalea Breeders' Cup.

Californians eye Carry Back

The California contingent could prove formidable in the Grade 3 Carry Back. The Santa Anita-based Too Much Bling will be favored for trainer Bob Baffert if he makes the trip east as expected, while the undefeated Northern Soldier may provide his chief competition.

Northern Soldier won his first two starts at Golden Gate Fields before registering his most important victory in Hollywood Park's Grade 2 Laz Barrera Memorial. Northern Soldier is trained by Brian Koriner, who has his main string at Golden Gate but also keeps a small stable at Hollywood Park.

* Nightmare Affair, who finished a troubled third in the 2005 Smile and is one of five locally based horses expected to run in this year's edition of the race, worked an easy four furlongs in 47.80 seconds from the gate here on Friday. He was joined on the work tab by Yes He's the Man, a candidate for the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes. He showed sharp early speed going six furlongs in 1:12.80 for trainer David Braddy.