11/02/2007 11:00PM

Million Day card looks to be strong

EmailMIAMI - Saturday's Florida Million Day for statebreds won't be drawn until Monday afternoon, but if early returns are any indication, it should be quite a card.

Among the Florida-breds expected to ship in to compete on Florida Millions Day are Revved Up and Silver Tree for the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup, Peach Flambe and Bayou's Lassie for the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap, Like Now for the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap, and the undefeated 2-year-olds Smoke 'n Coal and High Resolve for the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile and $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies.

Locally based runners who will try to defend their home turf include Soldier's Dancer and Fair Weather Stan in the Bonnie Heath, Cat Can Do and Annabill in the Elmer Heubeck, Finallymadeit in the Jack Dudley Sprint, and 2-year-old division leaders Wise Answer and Silk Ridge in the Jack Price and Joe O'Farrell.

The afternoon's main event is the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic, which is expected to be led by 121-pound highweight Electrify, Midwest invader Summer Book, and Imawildandcrazyguy.

Locals drill for Florida Million races

Wise Answer was one of several locals to tune up for their Florida Million assignments here during a busy Saturday morning, working five furlongs in 1:01 for trainer David Brownlee. He shared the five-furlong bullet with Saffronista, who had her final prep for the Elmer Heubeck.

Fair Weather Stan turned in a sharp drill as well, zipping a half-mile in 47.20 early Saturday morning. Imawildandcrazyguy (five furlongs in 1:03.20) and Soldier's Dancer (six furlongs in 1:14) were among the other prospective Florida Million starters to work over a fast track Saturday.

* Longtime horseman John Nazareth Sr. died at his home in Indiantown Gap, Fla., on Friday following a long illness. He was 77.

Nazareth spent more than 50 years in the business as a jockey, assistant trainer, and trainer, and was associated with such notable horses as Kauai King, Graustark, Foolish Pleasure, Honest Pleasure, and Genuine Risk.

* Herb Kligman, another longtime racetracker, also passed away this week. Kligman and his brother Joel owned horses and campaigned up and down the East Coast, including in south Florida with trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.