06/20/2003 11:00PM

Showmeitall returns with a tag


MIAMI - Showmeitall was considered one of the top 3-year-old sprinters in the country after he won Gulfstream Park's Hutcheson Stakes during the winter of 2002. Little did anyone suspect that the Grade 2 victory would be the last time Showmeitall would visit the winner's circle in the next 17 months.

On Monday at Calder Race Course, Showmeitall makes his long-awaited 2003 debut - with a $40,000 price tag on his head. He will face seven rivals going six furlongs under third-level optional claiming and allowance conditions.

Showmeitall showed a semblance of his earlier form here last summer when he extended multiple stakes winner Built Up to a neck decision under slightly stiffer optional claiming and allowance conditions. After two failed stakes tries, Showmeitall was sent to New York, where he closed out a disappointing 3-year-old campaign with a pair of dull showings under high claiming tags.

Trainer Manny Tortora has had Showmeitall back in his care this spring, and the son of All Gone has been working forwardly for Monday's return. Tortora has enlisted the services of Cornelio Velasquez, who continues to ride at Calder whenever Churchill Downs is dark.

Showmeitall will face a field of hard-knocking veterans led by Say No Maw, Chow Down, and Sweeping Analysis.

Say No Maw, stakes-placed on several occasions as a 3-year-old last year, makes the third start of his current form cycle and first at this level since winning a similarly conditioned optional claiming and allowance event here last November.

Chow Down and Sweeping Analysis have combined for 21 victories. Chow Down, who will run with a $40,000 tag, rallied out on the better part of a biased track to win this same condition June 1 in easily his best performance of the year.

Sweeping Analysis came off a five-month freshening to finish a game third behind Chow Down and should prove much tougher with that race under his belt. He figures to contest the early pace with Showmeitall and Seeking the Show.

The lineup is rounded out by Sweeping Smoke, Trophy Case, and Montenapoleone, who steps up off a victory over softer competition.

* Trainer Jeff Mullins said he is considering the Summit of Speed for two of his top sprinters, Captain Squire and King Robyn. "We're looking at making the trip, but there are some things to be worked out first," said Mullins.

Captain Squire, idle since running in the Dubai Golden Shaheen Sprint, is a candidate for the $500,000 Smile Sprint, while King Robyn is nominated for the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes. Captain Squire finished second behind the locally based Royal Lad in the 2002 Carry Back.

Delaware: Stroll ships into Shuk

Stroll, a six-length winner on the Belmont Park turf in his last start, will try for his first stakes victory Monday when he ships to Delaware Park for the $75,000 Nick Shuk Memorial.

The Shuk, run at 1 1/16 miles on grass, is the last Delaware prep race for the Grade 3, $250,000 Kent Breeders' Cup, to be run July 20 as part of the track's Handicap Festival of Racing.

Trained by William Mott for Claiborne Farm, Stroll won his maiden race at the Shuk distance on turf last August at Saratoga. Two races later, he failed in his only stakes attempt to date, running fourth in the Pilgrim Stakes at Aqueduct, a race taken of the grass. His last-out victory earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 97, the highest posted by any of the 12 Shuk entrants.

The Bobby Frankel barn will be represented by Urban King, a two-time winner in France before finishing third in the La Puente at Santa Anita in April.

* Devon Rose, trained by Allen Iwinski, raced her way into the Delaware Handicap with a 4 1/2-length score in Saturday's $100,000 Obeah Handicap.

A 4-year-old daughter of Devongate, Devon Rose covered 1 1/8 miles over a sloppy track in 1:50.20 for her third consecutive victory at Delaware this year. She paid $3.20 as the favorite in the five-horse field.