07/14/2010 6:23PM

Trombetta, Kenneally well-stocked for Summit of Speed


MIAMI – Trainers Michael Trombetta and Eddie Kenneally have already tasted success at Calder’s Summit of Speed. So both are returning again this year, each with a pair of horses for Saturday’s event.

All four of the Trombetta and Kenneally runners should be considered major players.

Trombetta won the Grade 2 Carry Back a year ago with Not for Silver and will bring him back as a 4-year-old to try his luck against older horses in Saturday’s Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap.

Not for Silver will be joined in the starting gate for the Smile by stablemate Congressional Page, who is coming off one of the best races of his career, a three-quarter-length victory in Monmouth Park’s Decathlon on May 22. He earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure for that effort.

Not for Silver has not won since drawing off to a 4 1/2-length victory in the 2009 Carry Back. He was second in Keeneland’s Grade 3 Perryville to close out his 3-year-old campaign but has been off the board in a pair of graded stakes this season. Most recently, he was eighth, though beaten just four lengths, in the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap at Pimlico.

“This will be his third start off the layoff and everybody is familiar with that kind of pattern,” said Trombetta. “And his last race in Maryland was deceptively good.”

Congressional Page was among the favorites in Monday’s $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Monmouth but Trombetta opted to scratch in lieu of the Smile.

“Our original intention was to run at Monmouth but when the race came out and he drew the one hole we began to find reasons to come down here instead,” said Trombetta. “He was carrying 124 pounds, he’s had a bad experience in the one hole before, and obviously this is a lot of money and a good opportunity.”

Both Not for Silver and Congressional Page have similar running styles so Trombetta will be looking for the same pace scenario he got a year ago in the Carry Back.

“Not for Silver is more of a deep closer than Congressional Page and there are three horses in the field with a lot of speed so it should be a lively pace,” said Trombetta. “In a perfect world I’d like to keep the two of them separated but when they put up a race like this, which is also a Win and You’re In for the Breeders’ Cup, we want to give it our best shot.”

Kenneally finished second here last summer with Keep the Peace behind the Todd Pletcher-trained Game Face in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney. This time, Kenneally brings Warbling in for the Princess Rooney, where she will face off against a strong field that includes Hour Glass, a Pletcher trainee.

Warbling ran the best race of her career earlier this year at Gulfstream Park when leading throughout to capture the Grade 2 Inside Information. In her only subsequent start, she finished a tiring fifth after contesting the pace over a wet track in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs.

“She broke slow from the one post over a wet track, then was rushed to the lead in the Humana, which wasn’t ideal,” said Kenneally. “Even with all of that, she didn’t get beat far. After that we just backed off her and pointed for this race. Winning a Grade 1 with her is our main goal this year. We got a bit piece of this race last summer with Keep the Peace and hopefully we’ll get a big piece again with her on Saturday.”

Accompanying Warbling on the flight from Kentucky will be her younger stablemate Buckleupbuttercup, who will shorten up to six furlongs for the Grade 3 Azalea. Buckleupbuttercup, a Grade 3 winner at Churchill this spring, is coming off a good fifth-place finish in the one-mile, Grade 1 Acorn on June 5. She should vie for favoritism in the Azalea with California invader Rapport and local sensation Pica Slew.

Maiden entered in two stakes

Nicky Boy, a maiden who was beaten a combined 120 lengths in her only two previous starts earlier this year at Sunland Park, was denied entry by the New York Racing Association when owner Chadda Solange attempted to run her in the Grade 1 Wood earlier this year. But Calder accepted the 3-year-old filly’s entry in not one but two races on Saturday’s Summit of Speed program, both the Azalea and Princess Rooney.

As of Wednesday morning, Solange had not decided in which of the two races the filly will run.

“My trainer Jesse Maldonado and I will study the competition on Friday and then decide,” said Solange.

Victor Espinosa is named aboard Nicky Boy in both races although Solange said she has a back-up ready in case Espinosa decides not to accept the mount.

“It’s a local rider who has had success down there,” was all Solange would reveal.

As for running her seemingly hopelessly overmatched maiden in a graded stakes, Solange said “When the race is finished I’ll tell everybody the full story, but I have faith in Nicky and she is going to make Miami proud.”