11/09/2004 12:00AM

Statebreds flock to Million

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MIAMI - Oh, how far Calder's Florida Million Day has come in just three short years.

What started out as a nice little sequel to the track's cornerstone event, the Festival of the Sun, has in short order become a major event of its own. This year it has grown from six to eight stakes and attracted Florida-breds from all over the country, including six who will be coming to town from Southern California.

In all, 75 Florida-breds were entered for the eight stakes on Saturday's Florida Million program, which will be highlighted by the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic and its filly-and-mare counterpart, the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap.

The other six stakes include four written exclusively for 2-year-olds: the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile, the $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies, the $100,000 Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf, and the $100,000 John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf. The $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup and $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap round out the stakes lineup.

Two separate pick four wagers will be offered, encompassing all eight stakes races.

Trainer Doug O'Neill had originally planned on running just two horses, Supah Blitz in the Carl Rose and Sigfreto in the Bonnie Heath, on Florida Million Day. But when entries were drawn Monday, O'Neill also had F J's Pace in the Jack Dudley Sprint and Dover Dere in the Jack Price Juvenile.

Supah Blitz, who began his career at Calder before being purchased privately by O'Neill this past summer, will be the odds-on favorite in the Carl G. Rose off his game nose victory over Domestic Dispute in the Grade 2 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sept. 5. He will face only six rivals, including The Judge Sez Who, once one of the top handicap horses on the Calder grounds. His recent races have all been at Woodbine.

Supah Blitz may not even be the shortest-priced favorite on the card. That honor could go to Flamenco, trained by Todd Pletcher, in the Jack Price Juvenile, or local sensation Aclassysassylassy in the Joe O'Farrell.

Flamenco held his own against some of the top members of his division this summer at Saratoga, where he finished second to the eventual Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up, Afleet Alex, in the Grade 2 Sanford and third behind Afleet Alex in the Grade 1 Hopeful. In his most recent start, Flamenco won Belmont's Cowdin Stakes at 1-2 on Oct. 17.

Aclassysassylassy was the dominant member of her division here this season, becoming only the second filly to sweep the Florida Stallion Stakes with her easy victories in the Desert Vixen, Susan's Girl, and My Dear Girl. She will turn back in distance from 1 1/16 miles to seven furlongs for the Joe O'Farrell. She did not get the best of the post-position draw, having to break from the rail, although she will be facing much the same opposition she has already handled with ease on several previous occasions.

The much-improved Running Bobcats, who has captured her last two starts by an average of 6 1/2 lengths, figures to provide Aclassysassylassy with her sternest test.

The strongest field on the card will be in the Bonnie Heath Turf Cup. The lineup includes not only California invaders Sigfreto and Grafton, but also defending champion Stormy Roman, the multiple stakes winner Proud Man, and the well-traveled Gin and Sin.

The toughest decision for the day fell upon trainer Enrique Alonso, who could have run Built Up in either the Carl G. Rose or Jack Dudley Sprint. In the end, the presence of Supah Blitz and the nine-furlong distance of the Carl G. Rose moved Alonso to turn Built Up back to seven furlongs for the Jack Dudley, where he will meet a solid lineup that includes defending champion Love That Moon, Weigelia, and Sing Me Back Home, as well as the speedy F J's Pace.