11/08/2007 12:00AM

Return to dirt helps Imawildandcrazyguy

EmailNEW YORK - Saturday is Florida Million Day at Calder Race Course. Meanwhile, the main events at Aqueduct and Churchill Downs, the Red Smith Handicap and the Mrs. Revere Stakes, are both Grade 2 events worth $150,000 each.

Carl G. Rose Classic

It certainly seems that trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. is attempting to thwart a repeat of last month's Spend a Buck Handicap, where Electrify couldn't catch wire-to-wire winner Yes He's the Man. To complement Electrify in the Carl G. Rose Classic, Plesa is entering Notgonagetemtoday, whose purpose here looks to be keeping Yes He's the Man busy early. This figures to help Electrify's chances, which were already good, but it will also help the other closers, including Imawildandcrazyguy.

Imawildandcrazyguy is moving back to dirt after hitting the board in stakes in his last two starts, his first two attempts on turf. And while he ran okay in those grass starts, there is reason to believe Imawildandcrazyguy is simply a better horse on dirt. Imawildandcrazyguy can close effectively on dirt, but there is a world of difference between being able to do that and being an effective closer on turf, where often quick late fractions require a turn of foot Imawildandcrazyguy doesn't seem to have. On dirt, however, Imawildandcrazyguy has performed respectably against company vastly superior to what he faces Saturday. He came from last of 20 to finish fourth in the Kentucky Derby, only a half-length shy of likely Horse of the Year Curlin, who was third. He was also fourth in the Haskell, finishing behind Any Given Saturday, Hard Spun, and Curlin, all of whom came back to win important graded stakes in their next starts.

Mrs. Revere

It is probably silly to take a big stand against Bit of Whimsy in this race, because she decisively beat a stronger group in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup in her last start. But it sometimes can be even more foolish to take a short price, which Bit of Whimsy is sure to be, in a turf race with a huge field like this one.

I'm taking a flyer on Tensas Yucatan, who has been a revelation since moving to turf two starts ago. She won a pair of turf stakes at Louisiana Downs in emphatic fashion, including the DeBartolo Oaks most recently. And while it is true Tensas Yucatan whipped fields of dubious quality, she came home strongly in both wins, earned Beyer Figures that are in the ballpark necessary to win this, and showed the kind of early lick that can be an asset in a big field with little other early speed.

Red Smith Handicap

You can find at least one thing in the past performances of all 12 in the main body of this event on which to build a case for the win. Although we haven't been able to read much into the weights in handicap races for ages, it is an indication of just how wide open this race is that only four pounds separates the topweight from the low-weighted entrant. And since I still believe weight is meaningless as a handicapping factor most of the time, it's just a coincidence that I'm going with the low-weighted Sunshine Kid.

Sunshine Kid was almost dead even in a Group 2 race in France last spring with Sagara, who this fall was a good second to the classy Soldier of Fortune in the Prix Niel, and was a fine third to Dylan Thomas in the Group 1 Arc de Triomphe. So not only does Sunshine Kid class up here, he comes into this off a good second at York, his best effort since his battle with Sagara.