07/29/2005 12:00AM

Which 'Prophecy' will show up?


MIAMI - Final Prophecy, who seems to be either very good or very bad, will need to be at his best to get back on a winning track in Sunday's $40,000 The Vid Stakes at Calder. The overnight stakes is carded at a mile on the turf.

Final Prophecy turned in the two best performances of his career earlier in the meet, rallying from last in a 12-horse field to score an upset in the Carterista Handicap on April 30 before dominating the Band Is Passing Stakes by 9 3/4 lengths on June 18. But the stretch-running Final Prophecy failed to fire the same type of effort earlier this month in the Mecke Handicap when he finished a dull seventh as the even-money favorite.

Final Prophecy was similarly erratic closing out his 2004 campaign and earlier in 2005, going winless in five starts after capturing the Bonnie Heath Turf Cup as a 57-1 outsider here last November.

Trainer David Brownlee has decided to change riders for The Vid, replacing the meet's leading jockey, Eddie Castro, with Cecilio Penalba. Final Prophecy will again have to concede weight to all but one member of the field as the 123-pound co-highweight under the allowance conditions of the event.

The pace of the The Vid figures to be an honest one for Final Prophecy with recent stakes winners Southern Cal and Keep Cool in the lineup. Both horses are coming off front-running grass tallies, Southern Cal in the five-furlong Calder Turf Sprint Handicap and Keep Cool in the Mecke.

Southern Cal, a homebred son of Halo's Image, appears the quicker of the two speedballs and is also a proven commodity at a mile, having won two of his three previous starts at the distance.

Prince Alphie, an accomplished turf miler in his own right, could be a sleeper in the field after finishing fourth following a slow start in the Mecke. He has posted two wins and two seconds in four previous starts at the distance and has worked well on both turf and dirt since his last start.

Buddy Edwards dies at 48

Locals were mourning the sudden passing of longtime Calder trainer Oliver "Buddy" Edwards, who died after suffering a heart attack en route to the hospital on Friday morning. Edwards was 48.

Edwards, a native of Plymouth, Mass., was a dean's list student in law school during his younger days but instead followed in the footsteps of his father, trainer Oliver Edwards Sr., and decided to ply his trade at the racetrack. He began working as a groom and then an assistant to horseman Dominic Imprescia before ultimately taking over the outfit upon Imprescia's retirement in 1986.

Among the top horses campaigned by Edwards over the years were Jackie Wackie, Designated Dancer, Frankie's Pride, Lady Sonata, Long Gone Blues, My Own True Love, and American Dreamer. Edwards won two training titles, at Calder in 1989 and Gulfstream Park in 1990.

Edwards is survived by his wife, Janet, and two daughters, Courtney and Olivia, from a previous marriage.

* There will be no live racing here from Monday through Friday, the traditional mid-summer break at Calder. The racing office will also be dark during the break. Entries for Saturday, Aug. 6 were taken on Friday, entries for Sunday, Aug. 7 were to be drawn on Saturday while the Monday, Aug. 8 card will be drawn Sunday.