07/01/2006 11:00PM

Whos Crying Now wants rain


MIAMI - Whos Crying Now has not hit the board in six career starts on turf and was never a factor when he finished fifth in the Band Is Passing Stakes on the turf in his previous start. So luckily for Whos Crying Now, Tuesday's $100,000 Mecke Handicap, scheduled to be run at 1 1/8 miles on the turf, is likely to be moved to the main track.

Heavy rains forced the cancellation of turf racing at Calder on Sunday, and the forecast didn't look any better for the 48-hour period leading up to the Mecke. That would play right into the hands of trainer Manny Tortora and Whos Crying Now, who jumped to the head of the local handicap division at Calder late last year and this winter with several outstanding main-track performances. Among them was a second-place finish behind Lava Man in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita and a fourth in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 4.

Whos Crying Now, a 6-year-old son of Concerto, has started just twice at the meet, finishing a well-beaten second behind Siphon City in the Sumpter Stakes before failing once again to handle the turf in the Band Is Passing. Whos Crying Now, the likely favorite if the race goes on dirt, will go off as the topweight under 117 pounds if the Mecke moves to the main track.

If the Mecke goes as scheduled on the grass, Lord Robyn is the one to beat.

A 4-year-old Robyn Dancer gelding, Lord Robyn overcame what appeared to be a disastrous start and rallied from last to win the Blazing Sword Stakes on June 3 for his first win in nearly 11 months.

Keep Cool and arch-rival Bob's Proud Moment, who finished first and second in the 2005 Mecke, will be back again and figure again to set and force the early pace.

Keep Cool led most of the way before finishing second in each of his last two starts, the Blazing Sword and Band Is Passing, and appears to be rounding back to his top form.

Cervelo comes into the race off a 1 1/4-length victory over Keep Cool in the Band Is Passing. He will carry the high weight of 117 pounds if the Mecke goes on grass.

Magic Mecke, who will be making his 2006 debut in a race named after his Grade 1-winning sire, and Expeditious complete the lineup.