11/24/2006 12:00AM

Old Dodge looks the favorite


MIAMI - For those grass specialists who may find next Saturday's Grade 3 My Charmer and Tropical Turf handicaps too far or simply too tough, Sunday's Pass the Line Stakes presents a nice alternative. A field of 11, including the hard-knocking mare Formal Miss, has entered the 7 1/2-furlong Pass the Line, which is one of two stakes offered on Sunday's card at Calder, along with the $45,000 Radar Love at 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track.

Ancient Myth, a former claimer riding a three-race win streak, will carry high weight of 123 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Pass the Line, including regular rider Manuel Aguilar. Ancient Myth began his streak in May when he rallied to a 3 1/4-length decision against conditioned claiming opposition. He was given four months off by trainer Frank Gomez following that victory before returning to win both his second- and third-level allowance conditions within a two-week span here this fall.

Ancient Myth, a son of Tale of the Cat, will be the starting highweight but not the favorite in the Pass the Line. That distinction will likely fall to the Brazilian-bred Old Dodge, even though he is winless in seven starts since coming to this country in 2005. Old Dodge has kept a steady diet of graded stakes competition over the past nine months, finishing third in both the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile and Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes in October.

The pace figures to be honest, with Keep Cool, Hollywood Left, B.B. Best, Lord Robyn, and Blue Pepsi Lodge assuring the early fractions will be quick ones.

Keep Cool is rarely outrun to the lead around two turns on grass, but he has yet to win in 10 starts this season, all but one of which have come against stakes company.

Hollywood Left has never been better, with three victories in his last four starts, including the five-furlong Hooting Star on Oct. 7, but is suspect at the distance.

B.B. Best can handle two turns but is a question mark on grass, having finished far back in his only try on turf, the Pete Axthelm Stakes here 11 months ago.

Lord Robyn has won each of his last three starts going 7 1/2 furlongs, including a third-level optional claiming race here last month.

Formal Miss could take on males for the first time this year, although she is also among the nominees for the 1 1/8-mile My Charmer next weekend. The 6-year-old mare is in peak form, having won overnight stakes in her last two starts.

Paradise Dancer heads Radar Love

Paradise Dancer, a 9 1/2-length winner of the Go to Will Stakes in his second start since being claimed for $40,000 by trainer Kirk Ziadie on Aug. 4, will be favored over 10 others in the Radar Love.

Paradise Dancer earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 106 for his easy victory in the Go to Will. He will take on a group that includes former local sprint champion Tour of the Cat, R Loyal Man, Eternal Look, Whos Crying Now, Taint So, and Gold Timber.

Golf tournament to benefit foundation

The Bonaventure Country Club in Weston, Fla., will host the Calder Grand Slam I Golf Tournament on Wednesday. Proceeds will benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Calder will also sponsor a hole-in-one contest with a chance to win $10,000, along with trips to Atlantic City, Mexico, and Las Vegas.

The tournament will be a shotgun format and begin at 12:30 p.m. Starting slots can still be obtained by calling Mike Freglette at 954-389-2100, extension 8144.