06/14/2005 11:00PM

Smile Sprint looks likely for Silver Wagon


MIAMI - The decision is not yet etched in stone, but it seems more and more likely that Silver Wagon will make his next start defending his home turf in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder Race Course on July 9. The Smile Sprint shares top billing with the Grade 2, $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap on a Summit 0f Speed card that will offer in excess of $2 million in purses.

Silver Wagon is coming off a second-place finish behind reigning Horse of the Year Ghostzapper in the Met Mile. Trainer Ralph Ziadie said he would delay a decision on whether to turn Silver Wagon back to six furlongs for the Grade 2 Smile for several weeks until he was able to confer with the horse's owner, Mahmoud Fustok.

But after sending out Silver Wagon to work three furlongs in 34.06 seconds and gallop out a half-mile in 46.58 on Monday, Ziadie appeared to be leaning toward committing to the Smile.

"There really isn't much else around for him right now, so staying here is the most logical move," Ziadie said Monday. "That's one reason I had him work the way he did this morning. If I shorten him up to six furlongs I'm going to need to put a little more speed into him."

A short time after his comments, Ziadie scored an impressive victory with another promising member of Fustok's Buckram Oak Stable, the first-time starter Hot Space.

Win points Wild Speed toward Rooney

Wild Speed likely punched her ticket into the Princess Rooney Handicap on the Summit of Speed card with an easy 7 1/4-length victory in Tuesday's $40,000 Ema Bovary Stakes. The one-sided win kept Wild Speed unbeaten and untested in 2005. She previously captured the Little Sister Stakes by five lengths on May 2.

Wild Speed, a 4-year-old homebred daughter of Forest Wildcat owned by the Victoria Farm Inc., is under the care of trainer Jose Garoffalo.

The Ema Bovary is named after the mare who shipped here last summer from Golden Gate to upset Bear Fan in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney.

Fillies prep for Azalea in Friday's Swept Away

Friday's $40,000 main event, the six-furlong Swept Away Stakes, will serve as a prep for the Grade 3, $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes on Summit of Speed Day. The Swept Away drew a field of eight 3-year-old fillies, led by recent stakes winner Midtown Miss and likely favorite Hide and Chic.

Midtown Miss rallied to a 1 1/4-length victory over Mocita, another Swept Away candidate, in the 6 1/2-furlong Harmony Lodge Stakes on May 13. The win was the first this year for Midtown Miss, who is trained by Joe Calascibetta.

Hide and Chic is coming off a lopsided 13 3/4-length entry-level allowance win on May 10. A homebred daughter of Seeking the Gold out of the multiple Grade 3-winning mare Saoirse, Hide and Chic earned a 96 Beyer Speed Figure for her victory over older horses, easily the best number recorded by any member of the Swept Away field.

The remainder of the lineup includes Cut the Mustard, Inrightclassitime, Princess Samala, Ragtime Hope, and Lady in Pink.

Two new juveniles score for Ritvo

Trainer Tim Ritvo unveiled a couple of promising 2-year-old winners within a 90-minute span on Saturday when he saddled R Fast Favorite and R Loyal Man to post impressive debut victories. R Fast Favorite stalked and readily overtook the odds-on World Battle while coming within three-fifths of the 4 1/2-furlong track record. Heavy downpours forced R Loyal Man to launch his career over a sloppy track, but the wet footing proved no obstacle as he, too, drew off to an easy win from just off the pace.

R Fast Favorite, a son of Montbrook, is eligible for the Florida Stallion Stakes, while R Loyal Man, a Kentucky-bred by More Than Ready, is not. Both youngsters are owned by the A Kales Company.

A record 973 juveniles have been made eligible for the 2005 Stallion Stakes, according to series coordinator Donna Galati. That total is the highest since 1987. The $1.2 million Stallion Stakes series, first run in 1982, will culminate with the $400,000 My Dear Girl and $400,000 In Reality Stakes on the Festival of the Sun program here Oct. 15.

Aclassysassylassy sent to farm

Aclassysassylassy, who last year became only the second filly to sweep all three legs of the Stallion Stakes, was sent to the farm after going winless in her first two starts of her 2005 campaign earlier this meet, trainer Dave Vivian said.

"She just wasn't doing anything right, and I couldn't put a finger on what was bothering her, so I just sent her to the farm for a while," Vivian said. "She'll be back in here on July 1 and will be pointed for a fall campaign, but if she's still not right then I'll just retire her and make her a broodmare next season.

"I don't want to force the issue and do anything that will cheapen the record she made for herself at 2."

* Jockey Eduardo Nunez recorded his 992nd victory during the Calder spring-summer meet last weekend, surpassing Jose Velez Jr. for second place in the all-time standings behind Gene St. Leon. Nunez, who also captured Tuesday's second race for trainer Steve DiMauro aboard first-time starter Beit's Bridge, is battling Cecilio Penalbo and Abdiel Toribio for fourth place in the standings during the current session.