Updated on 09/15/2011 1:35PM

Michaels's weekend stakes analysis


If you like sprint stakes, Saturday is the day for you thanks to Calder's annual Summit Of Speed card which features five stakes, ranging in distance from two to five furlongs, worth a total of $1.05 million.

The Summit Of Speed is hardly alone on the stakes calendar this weekend. Colonial Downs will host two graded stakes on Saturday, and Hollywood Park will also host the $500,000 Swaps on Sunday afternoon.

Every race in the Summit Of Speed features a full and contentious field of sprinters. Shippers such as Hattiesburg, Beyond Brilliant, and Dream Supreme should prove tough to beat, while the best chance of a minor Summit Of Speed

upset could come in the Calder Turf Sprint, where 3-year-old burner Wild Hits will have a legitimate chance to knock off veteran sprinters Texas Glitter and Morluc. Wild Hits almost went wire-to-wire before getting nipped in the

final strides in the Lone Star Turf Sprint last time out after setting a :20.60 quarter-mile fraction. Even Texas Glitter may not be able to match that kind of zip at this stage of his career.

The Swaps is the setting for the return of Congaree, who makes his first start since finishing third in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Back at the 1 1/8-mile distance of the Swaps, Congaree might be the best 3-year-old in America, and certainly will have no excuses against a field that contains solid, though second-tier competition like Jamaican Rum and Hoovergetthekeys.

Amidst all the action, don't forget about the quality Virginia Derby card at Colonial Downs, which also features the Grade 3 All Along Breeders' Cup. The Virginia Derby and the All Along may be the best betting races this weekend.

The All Along pits Colstar against a large, evenly-matched field of filly and mare turfers. Colstar exits a win as the highweight in the Grade 3 Locust Grove Handicap at Churchill Downs, but could be vulnerable to an upset by Batique in the All Along.

Batique exits a win in the Matchmaker Stakes at Monmouth where she got the lead over multiple stakes-winner Gaviola and then went wire-to-wire while Gaviola, who was pressing the pace, tired to seventh.

Batique has shown she can win from just off the pace, as well, and should let Slipping go up and battle it out with Crystal Sea before picking up the pieces in the stretch.


Saturday, Calder - Race 9

$100,000, 5 furlongs turf

1) 1-Wild Hits

2) 7-Morluc

3) 4-Texas Glitter


Saturday, Calder - Race 10

$250,000, 3-Y-O filles and mares, 6 furlongs, Grade 3

1) 2-Hattiesburg

2) 11-Southern Tour

3) 4-Spanish Glitter


Saturday, Calder - Race 11

$250,000, 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs

1) 9-Beyond Brilliant

2) 4-Red's Honor

3) 10-Icanseetherain


Saturday, Calder - Race 12

$400,000, filles and mares, 6 furlongs, Grade 3

1) 2-Dream Supreme

2) 6-Wired To Fly

3) 5-Hidden Assets


Sunday, Hollywood Park

$500,000, 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles, Grade 1

1) Congaree

2) Jamaican Rum

3) Hoovergetthekeys


Saturday, Colonial Downs - Race 9

$150,000, fillies and mares, 1 1/8 miles turf, Grade 3

1) 6-Batique

2) 2-Colstar

3) 10-Lucky Lune


Saturday, Colonial Downs - Race 10

$200,000, 3-year-olds, 1 1/4 miles turf

1) 3-Moomtazz

2) 5-Potaro

3) 13-Bay Eagle

Several horses will vie for favoritism in the Virginia Derby, but you should get a fair win price no matter who you like due to an evenly matched field.

The best of the contenders looks like Moomtazz, who exits a win in the Liberty Bell Stakes at Philadelphia and also has several very good efforts at 1 1/8 miles, indicating that today's mile-and-a-quarter assignment shouldn't be too far. Even in defeat in the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby three races ago, Moomtazz showed his quality in a good effort behind loose speedster Kalu. Kalu, trained by Christophe Clement, will be one of the favorites in Sunday's Lexington Stakes at Belmont Park and would likely be a strong favorite against this field if he were entered here.

Back at Hialeah this spring, Moomtazz earned a tough neck win over Potaro, who once again looks like a top threat to Moomtazz. Potaro, trained by Jonathan Sheppard, has reeled off two wins in a row since losing to Moomtazz. His wins include a victory in the Nick Shuck Memorial at Delaware last time out over both Unaccountedlea and Punkin Head.

The wild card in the Virginia Derby is Bay Eagle, who has made a name for himself on the dirt and could make some noise here if he's as good or better on grass. In one career turf effort to date, Bay Eagle ran a good second behind Navesink at Laurel last fall. Navesink went on to rattle off back-to-back turf allowance wins before finishing third in the Grade 3 Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park.


$60 win on Moomtazz

$10 exacta boxes Moomtazz w/ Potaro, Bay Eagle