06/15/2007 11:00PM

Mach Ride crushes rivals in Champali


MIAMI - Mach Ride stamped himself a force to be reckoned with three weeks down the road in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap after registering a 7 1/2-length victory over How's Your Halo in Saturday's $50,000 Champali Stakes at Calder.

The six-furlong Champali was one of four overnight stakes on the Saturday card, each of which could serve as local preps for the $2 million Summit of Speed card on July 7.

Mach Ride, winless in seven starts since capturing the Valid Video Stakes here one year earlier, flashed some of his old speed while racing in blinkers for the first time. A 4-year-old son of Pentelicus, Mach Ride dueled with How's Your Halo through fast splits of 21.49 seconds and 44.20, shook off his only competition after completing five-eighths in 56.75, then increased his lead while under a mild hand ride from jockey Elvis Trujillo through the late stages.

How's Your Halo was second-best, 4 1/2 lengths in front of Electrify.

Mach Ride completed the distance in 1:10.16 and returned $3.60.

The Smile Sprint is co-featured on the Summit of Speed card with the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap.

Swept Away: Cher Ami's the real thing

Cher Ami proved her one-length victory in the Harmony Lodge Stakes last month was no fluke while solidifying her spot as the top 3-year-old filly sprinter on the grounds after registering a 5 1/2-length triumph in the $50,000 Swept Away Stakes.

Despite setting fast fractions of 21.85 seconds and 45.13 over a track upgraded to fast, Cher Ami discouraged a challenge from Banda Victoria entering the stretch and was never seriously menaced thereafter under jockey Carlos Olivero.

Adrhythm, the leader of the local 2-year-old filly division in 2006, again failed to run back to her juvenile form, finishing a non-threatening fourth in a field of six 3-year-old fillies.

Cher Ami, a homebred daughter of Lost Soldier, is trained by Larry Bates. She completed the six furlongs in 1:11.02 and paid $4.40.

B. L's Sweep: Brother Joey by a nose

Brother Joey and Casino Gambler served notice that the Criterium Stakes on July 7 will be a good one after dominating the $50,000 B. L's Sweep Stakes for 2-year-olds. Brother Joey and Casino Gambler finished noses apart with the 3-5 Brother Joey outgaming his previously undefeated rival to post his second win in three career starts. It was another 11o1/2 lengths back to third-place finisher Viva La Slew.

The victory did not come easy for Brother Joey, a son of B L's Appeal, who appeared to be dropping out of contention after easing back from early pacesetter Viva La Slew and Casino Gambler approaching the quarter pole. But once angling off the rail, Brother Joey re-rallied, eventually catching and passing Casino Gambler in the shadow of the wire.

Brother Joey covered the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:06.23 over a track upgraded to good from sloppy one race earlier. Brother Joey paid $3.20. Eduardo Nunez rode the winner for trainer Larry Pilotti.

No Winking: Shesgoldincolor in upset

Heavy rain over several days put a damper on the $50,000 No Winking Stakes, which was switched from the turf to the "good" main track.

The change was good for 21-1 Shesgoldincolor, far and away the longest price on the board, who rallied four wide into the stretch before outfinishing Flying Circle by three-quarters of a length for the win under jockey Julio Garcia. True and True, the 6-5 favorite, finished third after stalking the pace from the outset.

Flying Circle ran a big race in defeat after stumbling leaving the starting gate. She finished willingly after angling sharply to the inside of the tiring and drifting leader Bereba at midstretch, but could not match strides with Shesgoldincolor near the wire.

The win was the second in a row for Shesgoldincolor, a 4-year-old daughter of Touch Gold, who ran the five furlongs in 58.76 and paid $44.20.

Shesgoldincolor is trained by John Shaw for owner Ricky Leppala.