07/19/2006 11:00PM

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MIAMI - The $50,000 King George's Wrong Way Stakes is one of five stakes races on Saturday's 14-race Extreme Day program at Calder, but it may take a backseat to a bottom-priced maiden claiming dash and a first-level allowance race on turf. Those two races will be run simultaneously as the "world's fastest daily double." The daily double races are carded as the fourth and the fifth with a post time of 2:19 p.m.

The King George is unusual enough, at least in the United States, with the eight starters scheduled to run 1 3/8 miles in a clockwise direction over the turf. bring the best "right-way" credentials into the race, both having won their last two starts. Joey Blueeyes has the added benefit of long-distance experience, having won going 1 1/2 miles under second-level allowance conditions on the turf in 2004. He was also beaten just six lengths that same winter in the Grade 2 Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

"I don't think going the wrong way will confuse the horses," said Henry Collazo, who trains Joey Blueeyes. "Maybe it will confuse the riders, but I have a good jockey, and I think the distance more than going the wrong way will decide the outcome. At least I know mine should, since he's already won at a mile and a half and didn't get beat that far against some really nice horses in the Pan American.

"I also like the fact we drew the rail. That way I only have the horse on the outside of me to worry about. I'm just looking to avoid trouble. This may be like a Nascar race at Dover. You don't want to be in the pack. I'll probably be a nervous wreck, more so than anybody else, because I've had this horse since he was a 2-year-old and he's like my child."

Abel Castellano Jr., who has been aboard Joey Blueeyes for each of his last two wins, has the mount again in the King George.

Texas Red is a versatile sort and has perhaps faced the toughest opposition this season of anybody in the field, with his lone win coming against second-level allowance company on the main track on June 2.

Methuselah: El Segundo Joe on a streak

The $50,000 Methuselah Starter Stakes is restricted to horses 5 years of age or older and will be run at 6 1/2 furlongs. El Segundo Joe, riding a six-race win streak, will likely be the solid choice to extend his skein.

Love That Moon is the oldest member of the field at 7 but comes in off an optional claiming win over Belichick on June 13.

Belichick rebounded from his tough defeat at the hands of Love That Moon to win his next two starts, both at seven furlongs, rallying from off the pace to win optional claiming races under entry- and second-level allowance conditions.

Gray Pride: Shippers have early speed

The $50,000 Gray Pride Starter Stakes continues the afternoon's extreme theme and is carded for gray and roan horses at a mile on the main track.

Slider and Bachelor Blues, a pair of Churchill Downs shippers, may vie both for favoritism and the early lead. Slider has captured 3 of his last 4 starts at distances from six to seven furlongs, but has won around two turns in the past. Bachelor Blues is coming off his best race in some time, a second-place finish against $25,000 claiming opposition on July 15.

Barnacle Steve, who has been off his game since returning to the races following an eight-month layoff in April, has the running style suited to picking up the pieces if the pace gets too hot. He will be facing weaker opposition than he has tackled in his four starts during the meet.