09/12/2006 11:00PM

Several prefer dirt to turf


MIAMI - Turf racing during the summer months in south Florida is always an iffy proposition at best, with many horses managing to bang out a pretty good living in races that were taken off the grass.

Several members of that particular club have been entered for Friday's $28,000 allowance feature at Calder, which is carded for turf but no cinch to actually be run on the grass.

Greeleylikealady, Silver Charity, Wicklow Vamp, Vue de Chat, and stablemates Meadow Ashlee and Your Quote have all profited from surface changes during the current meet.

Greeleylikealady is capable of handling the grass but registered both her career victories this summer in races moved to the main track, including an 8 1/4-length maiden victory.

Meadow Ashlee also won her maiden and first-level allowance conditions in off-the-turf events, crushing her competition by 9 1/2 and 9 3/4 lengths in her last two starts. Her stablemate, Your Quote, has also posted a pair of one-sided victories in races switched to the main track this meet, earning a career-high 76 Beyer Speed Figure beating $50,000 claiming opposition in just such a race on June 26.

Silver Charity is a versatile sort who led throughout to win her maiden by nearly nine lengths in a race moved to the main track on July 9, then rallied from off the pace to beat entry-level allowance opposition on turf in her most recent start.

Vue de Chat proved no match for Your Quote twice earlier in the season but returned to post an easy 8 3/4-length allowance win over older fillies in a race moved from turf to dirt.

Wicklow Vamp can turf but is another whose best game is on dirt, as she proved earlier this month with an easy allowance win over a sloppy track.

In the co-featured sixth race, scheduled for five furlongs on the turf, Lox and Kippers, So Savvy, Classy Honoree, and Placido figure to share top billing if the race goes on turf. Main-track specialist Kin's Hurrah and the improved Mr. Maestre may prove the ones to beat on dirt.

* Bill White appears to have yet another Calder training title all but sewed up. With slightly more than one month remaining in the meet, White holds a commanding 42-34 lead over Eddie Plesa Jr. in quest of his ninth Calder crown in the last 10 years.