05/10/2006 11:00PM

Reappeal comes up a race for the aged


MIAMI - Racing may be, for the most part, a young man's game, but not in the Calder turf sprint division where the 9-year-old True Love's Secret and his 7-year-old stablemate Love My Mountain will take on 6-year-olds Placido and Key Deputy in Saturday's $45,000 Reappeal Stakes at Calder.

True Love's Secret is still going strong even after switching barns and moving from longtime trainer Rudy Wolfendale to Herman Wilensky earlier this year. In fact, True Love's Secret is going through a rejuvenation of sorts this year after a winless 2005 campaign.

True Love's Secret has captured 2 of 5 starts in 2006, the wins coming in a first-level allowance race at Calder on Jan. 2 and a $25,000 a claiming dash at Gulfstream Park on March 23. In both victories, the stretching-running True Love's Secret rallied from mid-pack to win, a style that may serve him well in the Reappeal.

figures to complement his younger stablemate perfectly, since the speedy Love My Mountain is likely to set or contest all the pace in the five-furlong Reappeal. He, too, has cycled back to peak form, finishing fourth after being hard used on the lead against the red-hot Pisgah in an open allowance on March 29 before dropping into a softer first-level allowance spot to win his Gulfstream Park finale two weeks later.

will get tested early by the race's defending champ, Placido, who led throughout and clung to victory by a head over True Love's Secret in the 2005 Reappeal. A Stormy Atlantic gelding, Placido has won 2 of his last 3 starts and is a horse for the course, having won 5 of 9 starts over the Calder turf.

Key Deputy figures to receive plenty of backing despite being idle since making his turf debut last July at Belmont Park, finishing a tiring fourth in a strong optional claiming field. Graded stakes-placed on dirt in 2004 - when under trainer Bill Mott's shed - Key Deputy is one of two horses trainer Marty Wolfson has in the Reappeal, along with the Grade 3 winner Chandtrue.

is training forwardly for his return and has had several chances to familiarize himself with the local course, working three times on the turf, including a bullet half-mile drill around the dogs in 47.60 seconds on Monday.

Tampa Bay Downs invaders Dirtymoposse and Marley's Revenge are both multiple turf sprint winners and could figure in the outcome, along with the stretch-running Gin Rummy Champ.