07/10/2002 11:00PM

Logic says it's Crafty C.T.


MIAMI - The results of the July 4 Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont and last Saturday's Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park point out Crafty C.T. as the horse to beat in Saturday's $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder. The six-furlong Smile Sprint is the co-feature, along with the Princess Rooney Handicap, on Saturday's $1.4 million Summit of Speed program.

Left Bank set a track record beating Affirmed Success in the Grade 2 Tom Fool, and D'wildcat finished second in the Grade 2 Triple Bend. Those three horses and Crafty C.T. were part of a blistering pace in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont in May. Crafty C.T. finished third in the Met Mile, ahead of Affirmed Success (fourth), Left Bank (fifth), and D'wildcat (ninth), and that those three came back to run well in major races bodes well for Crafty C.T.'s chances Saturday.

"I'm not sure what his distant limitations are yet, but I do know he's a superior sprinter," said Howard Zucker, who trains Crafty C.T. for owner Carl Grether. "Everyone said that was one of the toughest Met Miles anybody has ever seen. He went right at Left Bank and those others and was about eight wide coming off the turn. Considering he had only one previous start in six months coming into the race, he had every right to get tired. But to his credit he never stopped trying."

Jerry Bailey replaces the recently retired Chris McCarron aboard Crafty C.T. on Saturday.

Crafty C.T. will carry 117 pounds in the Smile, two fewer than topweight Orientate, who wheels back in two weeks off a victory in the Grade 3 Aristides Handicap at Churchill Downs, in which he earned a career-best 115 Beyer Speed Figure. It was the second graded stakes win this year for Orientate, who defeated Met Mile runner-up Aldebaran in Keeneland's Grade 2 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup in the spring. Mike Smith will ride Orientate for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Echo Eddie ships in from California, where he finished second in the Saratoga Handicap at Bay Meadows on June 1. Earlier this year, Echo Eddie finished second, beaten a head by Caller One, in the Dubai Golden Shaheen Stakes.

David Flores will ride Echo Eddie, who carries 117 pounds.

Locals Sweeping Smoke, Tour of the Cat, Junior Deputy, and Built Up round out the field in the Smile. Sweeping Smoke is cross-entered in the $50,000 Comet Stakes Saturday.