Updated on 09/17/2011 11:56AM

Smile comes up strong again

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Shake You Down, enroute to victory in the True North on June 7. He's undefeated since Scott Lake claimed him in March.

MIAMI - What can Saturday's $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap do for an encore?

Last year Orientate came to town and easily won in a field that included nationally renowned sprinters Echo Eddie and Crafty C.T., and then went on to win the Breeders' Cup Sprint and earn an Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding sprinter.

Orientate's achievements helped the Smile earn graded status for the first time this year. And while it remains to be seen if there are any future Breeders' Cup or Eclipse winners in this year's lineup, the race has drawn a full and highly competitive field of 13, led by the Scott Lake-trained pair of Shake You Down and My Cousin Matt.

The Smile is the main event on the 13-race Summit of Speed card, which also includes three other graded races, the Grade 2, $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap, the Grade 3, $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes, and the Grade 3, $300,000 Carry Back Stakes - plus the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint Handicap and the $50,000 Rocket Man Handicap.

There is a $500,000-guaranteed pick five wager that will consist of all of the day's stakes except the Rocket Man.

Both Shake You Down, the 119-pound highweight, and My Cousin Matt are former claimers. Lake claimed Shake You Down for $65,000 March 12 in the interests of owner Robert Cole Jr. He took My Cousin Matt for $100,000 last fall for his principal owner, Richard Englander.

Shake You Down has won all four starts since moving into Lake's barn, including the Grade 3 Bold Ruler and Grade 3 True North handicaps. Twice since being claimed he has earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 118, the highest figure of any horse in the country this year at a mile or under.

Shake You Down struggled in late stretch of his last start to hold off Highway Prospector and win the True North, but Lake is not concerned that his horse might be tailing off following four consecutive wins.

"The last race went a little quick early, but he still won and that's all that really matters," said Lake.

Lake also is not worried that Shake You Down might have worked too fast on Monday at Belmont - a half-mile in 45.80 seconds with jockey Mike Luzzi aboard.

"I talked to Mike after the work and he said he did it all on his own," said Lake. "He thought he went in 48, not 45 and change. That's how easily he worked."

Lake's main concern may be the fact Shake You Down drew post 13 for the Smile.

The luck of the draw, a three-pound break in weights, and the fact he's already run well over this track might combine to make My Cousin Matt the tougher of the Lake duo. The two horses will run uncoupled. My Cousin Matt finished second behind Tour of the Cat in the Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap here last fall. He has since gone on to post easy victories in the Great Stakes Challenge Sprint and Grade 2 General George Handicap. He is coming off a second to Peeping Tom in Suffolk Downs's James Moseley Handicap.

"Matt really needed that last race after his trip to Dubai," said Lake, referring to My Cousin Matt's fifth-place finish in the Dubai Golden Shaheen. "He also moved a little too soon after getting pinned down in the deeper going at Suffolk."

Echo Eddie is back for a second try in the Smile, and while there may be no Orientates in the lineup, trainer Darrell Vienna feels the field is much deeper than a year ago.

Echo Eddie, who traveled to Japan in March, has finished fifth in the Grade 3 Los Angeles Times Handicap and won a money allowance race on the grass since his return.

"The pace was very quick and he got hit by a stick when making his run and should have been a lot closer in the L.A. Times," said Vienna. "And his race on the grass was very good."

Tour of the Cat, Built Up, Lord Abounding, and Juggernaut make up a strong local contingent in the Smile.