06/15/2006 12:00AM

Two preps set up riches to come


MIAMI - There are two overnight stakes scheduled at Calder on Saturday, both of which will feature potential local candidates for the rich Summit of Speed program July 15.

The $45,000 Champali Stakes at six furlongs is a prep for the Grade 2, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap. The race drew a field of seven older sprinters, including Pomeroy, who is part of a David Hutson-owned, Marty Wolfson-trained entry along with Grade 3 winner Chandtrue. Wolfson has named jockey Carlos Olivero on both horses, an indication that only one of the pair is likely to start.

Hutson purchased both horses privately earlier this year. Wolfson has steadfastly maintained that he is planning to train Pomeroy right into the Smile. Pomeroy, winner of the Grade 1 King's Bishop at 3 and the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap last year at 4, has not started since finishing eighth as the favorite in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Handicap on Oct. 1.

Chandtrue has already made one start for Wolfson, finishing eighth in the Reappeal Stakes on the turf here on May 13. A 4-year-old son of Yes It's True, Chandtrue is winless since capturing the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship at 2.

Nightmare Affair, a troubled third behind Woke Up Dreamin in the 2005 Smile, will likely be favored if Pomeroy remains on the sidelines for the Champali. The stretch-running Nightmare Affair has won his last two starts, capturing the Tampa Bay Downs Sprint by 3 1/2 lengths on April 8 and the Ponche Handicap by a head at Calder three weeks later.

Universal Form, fourth in the Ponche, beaten less than two lengths by Nightmare Affair, returns to the main track off a dull showing on grass in the Blazing Sword Stakes earlier this month. Universal Form turned in one of the most shocking upsets of the 2006 Gulfstream Park meeting when he won the Grade 3 Deputy Minister Handicap at 53-1.

B. B. Best, who has failed to return to the form that made him one of the top 3-year-old prospects on the East Coast in 2005, will try to get back on track in the Champali. B. B. Best has posted four consecutive bullet works for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. in preparation for his first start since the Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 28.

Precise Star, a New York-bred on a four-race win streak, and D'artagnans'spirit round out the lineup.

Whenthedoveflies will be the overwhelming favorite to win the $45,000 The No Winking Stakes, which serves as a stepping-stone to the $100,000 Distaff Turf Sprint Handicap on the Summit of Speed card.

Whenthedoveflies, trained by Kirk Ziadie, has been the undisputed leader of her division in south Florida for the past several seasons, is the course-record holder for five furlongs, and has even beaten males on several occasions. Now 6, Whenthedoveflies has not started since finishing second, beaten a neck by Western Kind, in the Tampa Turf Dash on March 18. She has won 4 of her 6 tries over the Calder turf.

Whenthedoveflies is one of two mares Ziadie has entered in The No Winking, along with Jewels N Gems, who is already a two-time stakes winner on grass this season and another potential candidate for next month's Distaff Turf Handicap.