Updated on 09/16/2011 8:47AM

Turn up the Heat

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Xtra Heat (right) and Gold Mover were separated by only a neck in last month's Vagrancy.

MIAMI - Xtra Heat, the undisputed queen of female sprinters, will bring her blazing speed and incomparable style to Calder Race Course on Saturday to face rival Gold Mover and four other older fillies and mares in the Grade 2, $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap.

The Princess Rooney is co-featured on the 13-race Summit of Speed program, which includes six stakes races for sprinters worth $1.4 million. The other stakes are the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap for older colts and geldings, the $250,000 Carry Back for 3-year-old colts and geldings, the $250,000 Azalea for 3-year-old fillies, and a pair of $50,000 stakes, the Rocket Man and the Comet. There will be special pick four wagering on the four major stakes, with a guaranteed pool of $250,000.

Xtra Heat has won 21 of 27 career starts and $1,823,305, with nine victories and $1 million coming in 2001. That campaign included a second-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint and earned her not only an Eclipse Award as the country's top 3-year-old filly, but also the respect and admiration of racing fans for her determined style.

Xtra Heat picked right up during the first half of her 4-year-old campaign, winning three of her four starts. Her lone setback came against males, a third-place finish behind Caller One and Echo Eddie in the Golden Shaheen Stakes in Dubai. She will bring a seven-race win streak against fillies into the Princess Rooney. Her last setback against fillies was nearly a year ago, when she was second to Victory Ride in Saratoga's Grade 1 Test.

Not only has Xtra Heat dominated her division, she has done so carrying as much as 128 pounds. She will tote 127 pounds in the Princess Rooney, conceding her five rivals from 12 to 15 pounds. Harry Vega, who took over as Xtra Heat's regular rider following her near-miss in the Breeders' Cup, will be aboard once again Saturday.

"When you've got the best horse you've got to carry the weight," said Xtra Heat's trainer, John Saltzman. "And as long as they are fair to us we'll keep showing up."

Xtra Heat will carry the same weight and concede the same 12 pounds to Gold Mover that she did in Belmont's Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap on June 9, when she was fully extended to prevail by a neck while stretching her speed to 6 1/2 furlongs. The Princess Rooney will be decided at her strongest distance of six furlongs.

"They sort of double teamed us in that last race," Saltzman said, referring to the Vagrancy. "First, Prado tried her with Gold Mover, then she dropped back and Migliore took a run at her [on La Galerie] and then Gold Mover came back at her again. My filly had to run every step of the way, never got a breather, yet she was still game enough to hold on at the end."

Saltzman is keeping no secrets when it comes to Xtra Heat's strategy for the Princess Rooney.

"They can put some pressure on her early and make her run faster than she needs to," he said, "but this filly is so explosive away from the gate it's pretty hard to tell somebody to try to take her back now."

Gold Mover is in the best form of her career. Prior to her near-miss in the Vagrancy, she finished first but was disqualified and placed second in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Handicap at Churchill Downs after winning Gulfstream Park's Hurricane Bertie Stakes. Jerry Bailey will be aboard Gold Mover for trainer Mark Hennig.

If any of the other four members of the field were to win the Princess Rooney, it would be an upset of major proportions.

Prized Amberpro has shipped in from her native Louisiana, where she has won her last two starts, including the Valid Expectations Stakes.

Sugar N Spice finished third behind Dream Supreme in the 2001 Princess Rooney and leads a local contingent that also includes Vague Memory and Fly Me Crazy.