09/14/2005 11:00PM

Questions hang over favorite


MIAMI - Wild Speed hasn't run since June and has never won beyond six furlongs. Despite those questions, she will still go as the 120-pound highweight and likely favorite in Saturday's $75,000 U Can Do It Handicap at Calder.

has not run since posting a 7 1/4-length victory in the Ema Bovary Stakes here June 14, six weeks after she won the Little Sister Stakes by five lengths. Wild Speed led throughout in both races, earning Beyer Speed Figures of 94 and 97. Those wins represent her only two starts since being turned over to trainer Jose Garofolo by owner-breeder Victoria Farm Inc. at the beginning of the 2005 campaign.

"When she came to me she had a big infection in her left foot, which we cleared up," said Garofolo. "After she won her first two starts, I entered her in the Princess Rooney Handicap, but unfortunately had to scratch the filly because of a lung infection."

Garofolo said Wild Speed has recovered from the lung infection and is dealing with problems from a quarter crack, but said she is training well enough for him to expect a big effort in the U Can Do It.

"Naturally I'm concerned because of the time off, but she's doing good right now, and after looking over the field I think she's the fastest horse in this race," said Garofolo. "We're not going to change her style. They're going to have to catch her, and I believe she'll handle the distance without a problem."

Regular rider Carlos Olivero will be aboard.

The U Can Do It drew a field of eight fillies and mares, including Excessed, who is trained by the West Coast-based Mike Mitchell but has done all her racing this year in Florida and New Jersey. won a third-level allowance race this spring at Gulfstream Park, finished 12th in the Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Handicap on turf here April 30, and most recently finished fourth in Monmouth Park's West Long Branch Stakes on June 25.

may be the only member of the field who can give Wild Speed a battle for the lead. Kuanyan is winless in five starts this year but was stakes placed here in 2004 when she finished a distant second to D'Wildcat Speed in the Pocahontas Stakes.

Other contenders include Babaganush, who won a second-level allowance four weeks ago, and Mystical Beauty, winner of her last three starts, all against lesser competition.