12/14/2007 12:00AM

Top-shelf turf sprinters in Kaiser

EmailMIAMI - After watching pretty much the same group of horses knock heads in turf sprint stakes here at Calder for much of the summer and fall, it will be refreshing to see some new players show up for Sunday's $50,000 Kaiser Stakes.

Among the northern shippers entered for the Kasier, scheduled for five furlongs on turf, are the Grade 3 stakes winner Around the Cape and Group 3 European stakes winner Rabatash. They top a field that also includes the speedy Chihulykee, along with local favorites Blue Pepsi Lodge, Hollywood Left, and Not Acclaim.

Around the Cape will return to the grass after finishing far back in Aqueduct's Fall Highweight Handicap on Nov. 22, the first start for the 5-year-old son of Carson City in more than a year. The versatile Around the Cape had his best year in 2006 when he won 4 of 8 starts, including the Grade 3 Jaipur Handicap on turf at Belmont Park. He was also second over the turf, beaten a neck, in Keeneland's Grade 3 Shakertown Stakes earlier that spring.

Trained by Bill Mott for the Live Oak Plantation, Around the Cape may be the one to beat even if the Kaiser is switched to the main track due to inclement weather. He benefited from a similar turf-to-dirt switch when he captured Belmont's Lure Stakes in September 2006.

Rabatash will make his third start since shipping to the United States and into the barn of trainer Barclay Tagg earlier this year. Rabatash, a three-length winner of the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland in his 2-year-old finale, showed speed and tired when sent a mile in both previous starts in this country.

Chihulykee ran through his first three lifetime conditions for trainer Wayne Catalano this past summer at Arlington Park, winning on both grass and Polytrack. He then shipped to Kentucky, where he finished fifth in the Grade 3 Perryville Stakes and second with a career-best 99 Beyer Speed Figure in the Cherokee Run Handicap, a grass stakes on Nov. 4.

Hollywood Left is another versatile colt who has posted half of his eight career victories on grass and half on dirt. He had won back-to-back races until he finished a tiring fourth in the Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap on Nov. 10.

Blue Pepsi Lodge is in peak form, having won three of his last four starts, and would be among the major players if the Kaiser is switched to the main track.

Apprentice rider injured in spill

Jockey Tori Hunter sustained a broken collarbone, three broken ribs, and a punctured lung when tossed from her mount, Remmitance Man, in Thursday's first race. Remmitance Man was only the fourth mount Hunter had accepted in 2007.

"It's a small puncture, and the doctors think it will be fine and that she should be able to leave the hospital on Saturday," said Hunter's husband, Allan, a trainer at Calder.

Remmitance Man was euthanized following the incident.

Hicks pinch-hits for Camac

Veteran racing official Dave Hicks, who ended a long career in the New York Racing Association stewards' stand during the summer of 2005, was back at his old post at Calder on Thursday, filling in for Charlie Camac, who was honored in winner's circle ceremonies that afternoon. Camac will end his 36-year association with Calder when the current meet ends on Jan.o2.

Hicks, who served in the Calder stewards' stand earlier in his career, said he will be back to fill in on a couple of more occasions here during Christmas Week.