06/14/2007 12:00AM

Many prepping for Summit of Speed


MIAMI - With the $2 million Summit of Speed card just three weeks away, Saturday will be pivotal for local sprinters who are candidates to compete in one of the eight stakes on Calder's marquee card.

Racing secretary Mike Anifantis has written four overnight stakes for Saturday, each worth $50,000, which serve as preps for five of the eight stakes on the rich Summit of Speed card on July 7.

The best of the four preps may be the six-furlong Champali, which is expected to provide a starter or two for the Grade 1, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap.

Eight of the top male sprinters on the grounds will compete in the Champali, led by Mach Ride, How's Your Halo, and the once-beaten Panamanian invader Golden Strategy.

Mach Ride has held his own against some of the top sprinters in the country since finishing a game second in the Grade 2 Carry Back on the 2006 Summit of Speed, even though he is on a seven-race losing streak going into the Champali.

A son of Pentelicus, Mach Ride finished a troubled fourth behind eventual Breeders' Cup Sprint favorite Henny Hughes in his penultimate start at 3. This season he finished third and fifth in two Grade 3 races and fifth after early trouble in Gulfstream Park's Grade 2 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup. Idle since finishing a wide-running fourth in the Ponche Handicap on April 28, Mach Ride will race in blinkers for the first time on Saturday.

How's Your Halo has not started since finishing third in the Grade 3 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap on Dec. 16. Second behind Mach Ride in the Valid Video Stakes at 3, How's Your Halo has been training forwardly and will have the blinkers removed by owner-trainer Brian Pritchard for his 2007 debut.

Golden Strategy, a Kentucky-bred, has raced exclusively in Panama, where he won 9 of 10 starts at 2 and 3. Currently trained by Marty Wolfson, who sent out Pomeroy to run second in the 2006 Smile Sprint, Golden Strategy has been working steadily at Calder since early May for his U.S. debut.

The 5 1/2-furlong B L's Sweep Stakes for 2-year-olds will serve as a prep for both the $100,000 Criterium and J j'sdream stakes on the Summit card. The B L's Sweep field consists of four colts and two fillies.

Brother Joey and Casino Gambler will vie for favoritism coming off easy maiden allowance wins.

Successful Sarah, one of the fillies in the lineup along with the speedy Viva La Slew, suffered a tough loss by a neck to Money to Burn in a first-level allowance race. Money to Burn is the only two-time winner in the field, scoring back-to-back victories after finishing a tiring third as a 6-5 favorite in his debut.

The six-furlong Swept Away for 3-year-old fillies is a prep for the Gradeo3, $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup. The race includes a rematch of Cher Ami and Adrhythm, last year's 2-year-old filly champion in south Florida. Their previous meeting, in the Harmony Lodge Stakes on Mayo12, ended with a surprising result.

Despite being unraced for more than five months, Adrhythm went off as the 4-5 favorite in the 6 1/2-furlong Harmony Lodge but finished a well-beaten second, 10 lengths behind Cher Ami, who ran the race of her life that day. Leading every step of the way, Cher Ami, a daughter of Lost Soldier trained by Larry Bates, steadily widened her advantage through the stretch while winning over a racetrack that did not yield another wire-to-wire sprint winner that afternoon.

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said that Adrhythm has done extremely well since her much-needed 3-year-old debut and that he expects a much-improved performance from his multiple stakes-winning filly with a race under her belt.

Weather permitting, the five-furlong No Winking will go off as scheduled on the turf and should give a good indication of who among the locals will compete in the $100,000 Distaff Turf Sprint Handicap on the Summit of Speed card.

The amazing Charlie Papa, who has spread a seven-race win streak over the last 2 1/2 years, will be favored in a strong field that also includes the multiple stakes-winning Flying Circle and graded stakes-placed True and True.

Charlie Papa was claimed for $12,500 by her present connections out of the second of those seven wins on Jan. 4, 2005 and has sustained her streak through two lengthy layoffs, including one for knee surgery.

A daughter of Indian Charlie, Charlie Papa is trained by the Tampa Bay Downs-based Connie Kendall. Charlie Papa made her local debut a success, leading throughout to win the Cool Air Stakes by two lengths on May 13.

Flying Circle returns from Kentucky, where she finished a troubled third in the Mamzelle Stakes, which was run on a yielding course on May 3. The versatile filly is winless since capturing the Lady Sonata Stakes on the main track at Calder in the fall of 2005.

True and True has not started since finishing fourth on the main track in Churchill Downs' Very Subtle Stakes in November, but she has won 2 of her 3 turf sprint tries.