07/04/2007 12:00AM

Smile to be battle of regional kingpins


MIAMI - The fastest horse in the East, the fastest horse in the West and the fastest horse in south Florida will all come together Saturday at Calder in the Grade 2, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap for the right to be called the fastest horse in the country at the mid-point of the 2007 campaign.

The Penn National-based Fabulous Strike, Golden Gate's favorite son Smokey Stover, and Calder's Mach Ride were among the seven older horses drawn for the six-furlong Smile, which shares top billing on Saturday's $2 million Summit of Speed program with the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap. The 13-race card includes six other stakes, topped by the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup for 3-year-old fillies and the $300,000 Carry Back for 3-year-olds.

Smokey Stover will carry high weight of 123 pounds and drew post 7 when entries for the Summit of Speed card were drawn on Wednesday. Fabulous Strike will carry one pound less and breaks from post 4. Both horses are riding four-race winning streaks and are graded stakes winners. Mach Ride, who finished a game second behind the odds-on Too Much Bling in the 2006 Carry Back, will break just inside Smokey Stover under 116 pounds.

The remainder of the field for the Smile consists of Weigelia, How's Your Halo, Paradise Dancer, and Kopper Kilgoar.

The six-furlong Princess Rooney lured a full field of 13 fillies and mares, five of whom shared the same flight east from Southern California. That group consists of the 119-pound highweight Selvatica, Maryfield (118), Shaggy Mane (118), River's Prayer (118), and Nossa Cancao (115).

Trainers Bobby Frankel and Todd Pletcher will send Indian Flare (118) and G City Gal (114) from New York, while Miraculous Miss (117) ships in from Maryland to make her 2007 debut.

The remainder of the field includes Louisiana's Mykindasaint along with the locals Stolen Prayer, Dixie Dreamer, Songofthesouth, and True and True.

Indian Flare, coming off a victory in Belmont Park's Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap, and the speedy Shaggy Mane, who wowed Floridians with her sensational 7 3/4-length triumph in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint, may vie for favoritism in easily the most wide-open renewal in the history of the Princess Rooney.

Both the Azalea and Carry Back drew fields of nine.

The Grade 3 Azalea is headed by Time's Mistress and the California invader Sindy With an S. They'll be challenged by local division leader Cher Ami, Louisiana's red-hot Atlanta Highway, Sheets, Mountain Tiger, Secretsoftheheart, Holly Torque Tango, and Miss A. Bomb.

The Grade 2 Carry Back came up the stronger of the two 3-year-old events, with Teuflesberg, recent winner of Belmont's Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes, taking on the West Coast's up-and-coming Black Seventeen and such talented locals as Yesbyjimminy and Finallymadeit.