07/12/2002 11:00PM

Orientate romps in Smile


MIAMI - Trainer D. Wayne Lukas recently retired sprint star Snow Ridge due to injury. But he has wasted little time finding a suitable replacement in Orientate, who posted his second major sprint stakes victory in two weeks, drawing off to a six-length victory over Echo Eddie in Saturday's $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder.

The Smile was the co-feature on Saturday's $1.4 million Summit of Speed program, along with the $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap.

Orientate came into the Smile off a front-running victory in Churchill Downs's Grade 3 Aristides Handicap on June 29. He used the same modus operandi to capture the six-furlong Smile Sprint, dueling with Echo Eddie through a 21.47-second quarter-mile and 44.21 half before disposing of him.

Echo Eddie faltered in the final furlong but outlasted 4-5 favorite Crafty C.T. by a head to finish second. They were followed by Built Up, Sweeping Smoke, Tour of the Cat, and Junior Deputy.

Mike Smith, who was Snow Ridge's regular rider, was aboard Orientate, who carried high weight of 119 pounds in the Smile. Orientate, who is owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, paid $6.20 after covering the distance in 1:09.98 over a fast track.

"He's a fast horse and we were not going to take him out of his style," said Mike Maker, assistant to Lukas, who saddled Orientate. "There was never any concern bringing him right back after he won the race in Kentucky. The Aristides was a very easy win and he bounced out of it in good shape. I'm sure we'll keep this horse sprinting now with Snow Ridge retired."

Trainer Howard Zucker said jockey Jerry Bailey told him Crafty C.T. had no life to him on the way to the gate and during the running of the Smile.

"Jerry said he was like a dead man all the way," said Zucker. "And that's just not like this horse at all. Maybe he didn't handle the racetrack, but he just never seemed to show any real interest at any time."

Bold World easily wins Azalea

Bold World, who had raced near the front in most of her races, rallied from off the pace to an 8 1/2-length victory over 8-5 favorite Willa on the Move in the Grade 3, $250,000 Azalea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Bold World, whose only setback in seven starts this year came in Keeneland's Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes, was allowed to settle two lengths behind the pacesetting Sea Span during the opening half-mile of the six-furlong Azalea. She was angled three wide by jockey Calvin Borel to engage the leader into the stretch and drew off under steady urging.

Willa on the Move finished second, a nose in front of 67-1 Tchula Miss, despite steadying after the break and racing extremely wide around the turn.

Completing the order of finish were Respectful, Copper Belle, Miss City Halo, Harry'sbestpromise, Sea Span, Ragin T Rex, and Nice Boots Baby.

Bold World returned $7.40. Her final time was 1:10.86.

"We spent a lot of time early this year teaching her to relax," said Ron Taylor, who trains Bold World for the Hardacre Farm LLC. "She bled in the Beaumont. We'll consider the Test at Saratoga, although it's only two weeks."

Royal Lad defends home track

Royal Lad scored one for the home team, winning the $250,000 Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings by 1 1/2 lengths over Captain Squire. Royal Lad is owned by Cindy and Ron Stengel and based at Calder with trainer Ralph Ziadie.

With jockey Jerry Bailey aboard for the first time, Royal Lad stalked the pace set by Affirm Cat and Day Trader, readily moved to command into the stretch, opened a long lead, and remained clear despite shortening stride.

Captain Squire rallied from near the back of the pack to finish second, 6 1/4 lengths before Friendly Frolic. Kingmaker, who easily defeated Royal Lad when the pair met in the Marco Bay Stakes here six weeks earlier, broke slowly and finished fourth.

Rounding out the order of finish were Affirm Cat, Bog Hunter, Day Trader, Handsome Hunk, and World Trade, who was eased in the final furlong.

Royal Lad paid $7.80 as the second choice in a field of nine.

"We got a little lucky because Kingmaker broke bad," said Ziadie. "But when he beat us last time my horse wasn't really prepared for the race. He was coming off several hard races and I didn't want to kill him because the Carry Back was my goal."

* Groomstick Stock's and Baby Shark equaled course records earlier in the day winning the $50,000 Comet and $50,000 Rocket Man Stakes.

Groomstick Stock's covered five furlongs in 57.74 seconds under Rosemary Homeister Jr. to post a 5 3/4-length decision over True Love's Secret in the Comet. He paid $3.40.

Baby Shark was a four-length winner of the two-furlong Rocket Man, equaling the course record of 20.81 seconds. A Maryland invader, he was ridden by Ramon Dominguez and paid $3.20.