11/13/2003 12:00AM

Smok'n Frolic heads Pletcher advance guard


MIAMI - Trainer Todd Pletcher will bring the bulk of his powerful stable to Florida when the Palm Meadows training center opens the day after Thanksgiving. But he has shipped three of his better horses down a little early to participate in Saturday's Florida Million program at Calder, including Smok'n Frolic, who easily outclasses her field in the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap.

In addition to the 1 1/16-mile Heubeck, for fillies and mares, Pletcher has Pick'em in the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap and Music's Storm in the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup.

Smok'n Frolic has won more than $1.2 million for her owner, the Dogwood Stable. A 4-year-old daughter of Smoke Glacken, Smok'n Frolic is a two-time graded stakes winner this season, having won the Grade 3 Next Move Handicap at Aqueduct and the Grade 3 Turfway Park Breeders' Cup Handicap.

"This race appears to be a good fit for her, and I expect her to run well," Pletcher said.

Anybody looking for a chink in the armor of Smok'n Frolic could point to the fact that she will carry high weight of 122 pounds in her first start over the Calder strip. She must also begin her journey from the outside post in a field of 11.

"Any time you run over the Calder track for the first time, you've got to be concerned a bit," said Pletcher. "But this filly has already won races at Turfway Park, Santa Anita, Philadelphia Park, Aqueduct, and Belmont, so she's really not the type of filly who needs a racetrack to be a certain way. I wasn't excited about the post, but she overcame an outside post to win at Turfway, and as long as she breaks she has enough tactical speed to get good position."

John Velazquez will be back aboard Smok'n Frolic in the Heubeck. He will also ride Pick'em and Music's Storm for Pletcher earlier in the day.

Redoubled Miss, a consistent filly who loves the local strip, and the speedy Barbara O'Brien may prove the best of the others in the Heubeck.

Redoubled Miss has hit the board in 14 of her 17 starts at Calder and has finished second in her last three outings, all stakes. But she has been away since Aug. 23 and finished a good distance behind Smok'n Frolic when the pair met in the Grade 2 Rampart Handicap at Gulfstream Park on March 1.

Barbara O'Brien is in top form at the moment, coming off a stakes win at Philadelphia Park and a second-place finish behind the speedy Chispiski in the U Can Do It Handicap here on Oct. 4. The main question is whether she can carry her abundant speed the distance, as she has yet to run beyond a mile in her 10-race career.

Dudley Sprint: Pace suits Built Up

With defending champion Tour of the Cat opting for the Carl G. Rose Classic later on the card, the seven-furlong Dudley Sprint is a wide-open contest.

Built Up, a troubled third in the race a year ago and among the leaders of the local division for much of the season, will carry high weight of 119 pounds but has not started since finishing a dull fourth in the Not Surprising Handicap on Sept. 1.

The Not Surprising was won by Love That Moon, who came back to post a similar come-from-behind victory in an overnight handicap and who should benefit from a field loaded with speed.

Delaware Park invader Sing Me Back Home may be the slight favorite under jockey Jerry Bailey even though he has started only three times, winning once, this season. Sing Me Back Home figures to be part of the early pace along with Showmeitall and Scrubs.

Pletcher said Pick'em is better than his last race at Philadelphia Park might indicate, when he finished a troubled fifth in the Gallant Bob Handicap. That was the first time the 3-year-old had been worse than second in seven career starts.

Bonnie Heath Turf: Clement duo tough

Trainer Christophe Clement was frustrated last year when Sir Brian's Sword was outgamed by Miesque's Approval in the inaugural Bonnie Heath Turf. So this year he has not only sent Sir Brian's Sword back for the 1 1/8-mile race, but he has also sent in Proud Man, who should be favored under Jerry Bailey.

Sir Brian's Sword, who dropped a head decision in the 2002 Bonnie Heath, has captured 1 of 6 starts this season and been stakes-placed on two other occasions. Proud Man comes off a tough nose setback to Freeforinternet in the Grade 2 Kelso Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park. He will be stretching out beyond 1 1/16 miles for the first time since the summer of 2002.

Music's Storm has won two of his last three starts for Pletcher. The last time he ran nine furlongs, Music's Storm was beaten a nose by Adminniestrator in the Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita on Jan. 8.