10/11/2007 11:00PM

Trujillo, Ziadie end meet on top

EmailMIAMI - Sunday marks the 112th and final racing day of the 2007 Calder meet, one that was highlighted by the Summit of Speed card and the performances of jockey Elvis Trujillo and trainer Kirk Ziadie. The Tropical at Calder meet begins on Monday.

The Summit of Speed once again proved to be one of the premier days on the national racing calendar. The Grade 2, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap took top billing away from the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap this year, with a field that included two of the country's top-rated sprinters in Smokey Stover and Fabulous Strike. But in the end, it was the locally based Mach Ride who stole the show, scoring an upset in the Smile under a well-judged ride by Trujillo.

Smokey Stover and Mach Ride will both run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Fabulous Strike, who bounced back from his loss in the Smile to win the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park, was also headed to the BC Sprint before being sidelined this week due to a lung infection.

Black Seventeen and Teuflesberg, the first- and second-place finishers in the Grade 2 Carry Back on the Summit of Speed card, were also Sprint candidates until sidetracked by injuries.

River's Prayer outdueled Shaggy Mane to win the Princess Rooney, a race that gained additional stature when also-rans Maryfield and Miraculous Miss returned to finish first and third in Belmont's Grade 1 Ballerina.

Trujillo will defeat defending champion Manoel Cruz to win his first Calder riding title. Eduardo Nunez quietly had a big meet, finishing third while winning races at an 18 percent clip. David Cardoso was far and away the top apprentice this meet, finishing fourth in the standings.

Ziadie dethroned perennial leader Bill White to win his first Calder trainers title and second straight local crown. He also won the 2006 Tropical at Calder meeting. This is only the second time since 1997 that White did not win the Calder trainers title He was edged out in 2005 by Tim Ritvo.

Kathleen O'Connell, Eddie Plesa Jr., and Marty Wolfson will round out the top five. Wolfson was the win percentage leader with an outstanding 33 percent success rate during the meet.

Post time Monday with the start of the Tropical at Calder meet moves up to 12:25 p.m. daily, with the lone exceptions being noon on Breeders' Cup Saturday, Oct. 27, and 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Cher Ami dropping in Lady Sonata

Cher Ami, idle since finishing seventh in the Grade 3 Azalea Breeders' Cup on Summit of Speed Day, returns against nine other 3-year-old fillies in Sunday's $50,000 Lady Sonata Stakes.

Cher Ami won the Harmony Lodge and Swept Away stakes by a combined margin of 15 1/2 lengths to earn a chance in the Azalea, but then faltered after contesting a lively pace for a half-mile in the race, her graded stakes bow. Cher Ami has trained well for her return, including a bullet five-furlong drill in 1:02 this week.

Cher Ami will get tested early in the six-furlong Lady Sonata by Lucky Too, who has wire-to-wire wins in each of her last two starts. A fast pace could help Banda Victoria, Dantrelle Light, and Langworthy, who are turning back in distance and switching back from the turf to the main track.

* Harry Morgan, a former outrider at Gulfstream Park and Hialeah, died this week in Wilmington, Delaware at age 65. Morgan, a trainer in his early days on the racetrack, served as outrider at Suffolk Downs and Delaware Park in addition to his work in south Florida.