02/23/2006 12:00AM

New this year: A Grade 1 stakes


The first Grade 1 race in Calder Race Course history, the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap, will highlight the 2006 Calder and Tropical at Calder stakes schedules.

The six-furlong Princess Rooney shares top billing with the Grade 2, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap on Calder's signature event, the $1,960,000 Summit of Speed, which will be held on July 15. The Summit of Speed offers eight stakes, including two other graded races, the Grade 2 Carry Back and Grade 3 Azalea Breeders' Cup.

Calder's second major event, the $1.6 million Festival of the Sun, will be held on Oct. 14.

Calder has been known for its multiple-stakes cards and this year will be no exception. Besides the Summit of Speed and Festival of the Sun, the track will conduct four other multiple-stakes cards during the Calder meet and four during the Tropical at Calder meet.

Among the multiple-stakes cards this summer are several new concepts, including Extreme Day at the Races on July 22 and Turf Sprint Championship Day on Aug. 5.

Extreme Day will be highlighted by the $250,000 Bob Umphrey Marathon, named after the track's former racing secretary who died suddenly on Jan. 2. The Bob Umphrey will be run at two miles on the main track and will be run on the same card as the two-furlong Rocket Man and seven-furlong Methuselah Handicap for 6-year-olds and up.

"The foundation that Bobby set here over the years is solid and we'll build further upon it," said Mike Anifantis, who succeeded Umphrey as racing secretary. "Events like the Summit of Speed have already proven successful and now it's my job to see that the momentum continues."

Ken Dunn, the Calder president, said he and his staff are always searching for new ideas to attract fans to Calder.

"Our traditional events are strong, but we must try some new things as well," said Dunn.

The 112-day Calder meet runs from April 25-Oct. 15. The 60-day Tropical meet opens Oct. 16 and continues through Jan. 2, 2007.

2006-07 Calder stakes schedule

Sat.,April 29Ponche Handicap3YO & Up6 furlongs$100,000
Sat.,April 29Hollywood Wildcat B.C. HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)150,000
Sat.,April 29Unbridled Stakes3YO1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,April 29Miami Mile B.C. Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 mile (T)150,000
Sun.,May 7Stonewall Stallions GA. Oaks3YO F1 1/16 miles (T)75,000
Mon.,May 29Memorial Day Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000
Tues.,July 4Mecke Handicap3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,July 15Princess Rooney Handicap (G1)F&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs500,000
Sat.,July 15Smile Sprint Handicap (G2)3YO & Up6 furlongs500,000
Sat.,July 15Azalea B.C. Stakes (G3)3YO F6 furlongs300,000
Sat.,July 15Carry Back Stakes (G2)3YO6 furlongs300,000
Sat.,July 15Calder Turf Sprint Handicap3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)100,000
Sat.,July 15Distaff Turf Sprint HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)100,000
Sat.,July 15Cassidy Stakes2YO F5 furlongs80,000
Sat.,July 15Birdonthewire Stakes2YO5 furlongs80,000
Sat.,July 22Rocket Man Stakes2YO & Up2 furlongs50,000
Sat.,July 22Bob Umphrey Turf Marathon3YO & Up2 miles (T)250,000
Sat.,July 22Methuselah Handicap6YO & Up7 furlongs50,000
Sun.,July 23Nancy's Glitter HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles80,000
Sat.,July 29GA. Juvenile Filly Turf Dash2YO F5 furlongs (T)60,000
Sat.,Aug. 5Fla. Stallion STKS. - Desert Vixen 2YO F6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Aug. 5Fla. Stallion STKS - Dr. Fager 2YO6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Aug. 5Turf Sprint Championship HCP.3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)250,000
Sat.,Aug. 5Distaff Turf Sprint Chmpshp HCP.F&M, 3YO & Up5 furlongs (T)250,000
Sun.,Aug. 6Georgia PeachesF&M, 3YO & Up1 mile (T)60,000
Sat.,Sept. 2Fla. Stallion STKS. - Susan's Girl 2YO F7 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Sept. 2Fla. Stallion STKS. - Affirmed 2YO7 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Sept. 2Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash2YO5 furlongs (T)50,000
Sat.,Sept. 2Catcharisingstar Stakes2YO F5 furlongs (T)50,000
Sat.,Sept. 2Lindsay Frolic Stakes2YO F1 mile50,000
Sat.,Sept. 2Seacliff Stakes2YO1 mile50,000
Mon.,Sept. 4Carterista Handicap3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)80,000
Sat.,Sept. 16U Can Do It HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Sept. 23Judy's Red Shoes Stakes3YO F1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Sept. 23Needles Stakes3YO1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Sept. 23Brave Raj B.C. Stakes2YO F1 mile 70 yds150,000
Sat.,Sept. 23Foolish Pleasure B.C. Stakes2YO1 mile 70 yds150,000
Sat.,Oct. 14J J'sDream Stakes2YO F6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Oct. 14Criterium Stakes2YO6 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Oct. 14Fla. Stallion STKS. - My Dear Girl 2YO F1 1/16 miles400,000
Sat.,Oct. 14Fla. Stallion STKS. - In Reality 2YO1 1/16 miles400,000
Sat.,Oct. 14Calder Oaks3YO F1 1/8 miles (T)200,000
Sat.,Oct. 14Calder Derby (G3)3YO1 1/8 miles (T)200,000
Sat.,Oct. 14Shocker T. HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,Oct. 14Spend A Buck Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000
 Tropical at Calder Meet     
Sat.,Nov. 11Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies2YO F*7 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Nov. 11Jack Price Juvenile2YO*7 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Nov. 11Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap3YO & Up*6 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Nov. 11Bonnie Heath Turf Cup3YO & Up*1 1/8 miles (T)150,000
Sat.,Nov. 11Elmer Heubeck Distaff HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles200,000
Sat.,Nov. 11Carl G. Rose Classic3YO & Up*1 1/8 miles200,000
Sat.,Nov. 11John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf2YO F*1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Nov. 11Arthur I. Appleton Juvenile Turf2YO*1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Dec. 2My Charmer Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Dec. 2Tropical Turf Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Dec. 2Three Ring Stakes2YO F1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,Dec. 2What a Pleasure Stakes2YO1 1/16 miles100,000
Sun.,Dec. 3Georgia Debutante Stakes2YO F1 1/16 miles (T)60,000
Sat.,Dec. 9Kris S. Stakes2YO1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Dec. 9Cherokee Frolic Stakes2YO F1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Dec. 16Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap (G3)3YO & Up7 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Dec. 16La Prevoyante Handicap (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)200,000
Sat.,Dec. 16W.L. McKnight Handicap (G2)3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)200,000
Sat.,Dec. 16Fred W. Hooper Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles100,000
Sat.,Dec. 30Chaposa Springs HandicapF&M, 3YO & Up7 furlongs100,000
Sat.,Dec. 30Frances A. Genter Stakes (G3)3YO F7 furlongs (T)100,000
Sat.,Dec. 30Pete Axthelm Stakes3YO7 furlongs (T)100,000
Sat.,Dec. 30Stage Door Betty Handicap (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000
Mon.,Jan. 1Tropical Park Oaks3YO F**1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Mon.,Jan. 1Tropical Park Derby (G3)3YO**1 1/8 miles (T)100,000

*Registered Fla-breds; **Foals of 2004