06/13/2008 11:00PM

Wolfson's runners collect a triple


MIAMI - Rockerfeller completed a memorable afternoon for trainer Marty Wolfson with a dominant performance in the $100,000 Ponche Handicap, rallying from off the pace to a seven-length decision over longshot How's Your Halo in the highlight of Saturday's Summit of Speed Preview card at Calder.

Rockerfeller's victory was the third stakes win on the day for Wolfson, who earlier captured the $100,000 Unbridled with Golden Spikes and the $100,000 U Can Do It Handicap with Dixie Dreamer.

Saturday's program served as a prep for the four graded stakes which make up Calder's marquee event, the Summit of Speed, on July 12.

Rockerfeller ($19.20), a 4-year-old son of Maria's Mon owned by Live Oak Plantation, shipped to Wolfson's barn earlier this year after numerous unsuccessful attempts to win his entry-level allowance condition at Woodbine and Fair Grounds. Rockerfeller cleared that hurdle in his local debut when he drew off to a six-length victory that earned him a career-best 103 Beyer Speed Figure.

The performance by Rockerfeller was enough to give Wolfson confidence his improving gelding could handle the jump right to stakes competition. And he was right.

Rockerfeller unleased a powerful rally under jockey Javier Santiago once angled out to the middle of the track in the run down the backstretch of the six-furlong Ponche, easily wearing down the pacesetting favorite Blue Pepsi Lodge at midstretch before drawing away.

How's Your Halo, who broke a step slow, recovered to finish second, another 1 3/4 lengths in front of the tiring Blue Pepsi Lodge.

"All my horses trained good coming up to their races today," said Wolfson. "This horse is the real deal. I wasn't at all surprised that he ran so well. I've only had him about two months. He might not have liked the Polytrack in Canada last year and the Fair Grounds track this winter."

Wolfson said Rockerfeller would go on to the Grade 2 Smile Handicap on Summit of Speed Day.

Unbridled: Golden Spikes by a head

Golden Spikes, under consideration for the Triple Crown trail earlier this spring, dropped out of graded company to win the Unbridled Stakes for 3-year-olds. A son of Seeking the Gold, Golden Spikes was the runner-up behind Recapturetheglory in the Grade 2 Illinois Derby. He had to fight hard for his first win of the year, defeating a game Gentleman James by a head.

Golden Spikes ($3.20) appeared he would have an easy time after cruising three wide to the leaders and edging clear under jockey Elvis Trujillo in early stretch of the six-furlong Unbridled. But Gentleman James fought back bravely through the final sixteenth of a mile and was gaining gradually on the winner at the end. It was another 10 1/4 lengths farther back to Make Me Zach.

"He had a habit of loafing in the past," said trainer Marty Wolfson. "That was the reason I put blinkers on him last year. He gets to looking around when he moves to the lead. He was also coming off a series of mile and one eighth races and I think he might have been a little confused too, having to run only six furlongs today. I think seven furlongs to a mile is best for him."

Wolfson said the Grade 2 Carry Back would be the most logical option for Golden Spikes's next start.

U Can Do It: Dixie Dreamer prevails

The Wolfson-trained Dixie Dreamer ran down the odds-on Rgirldoesn'tbluff in the final strides to win by a head in the U Can Do It Handicap for older fillies and mares. Bereba finished third.

As expected, Rgirldoesn'tbluff cruised along on an easy lead while under a rating hold from Trujillo, who did not set the 3-5 favorite down until headed by Bereba inside the eighth pole. Rgirldoesn'tbluff was able to withstand the drifting Bereba through midstretch but could not fend off the final surge of Dixie Dreamer, who finished full of run under jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan.

The victory was the third in the last four starts for Dixie Dreamer ($8.60), a 5-year-old daughter of Mutakddim.

The U Can Do It serves as a prep for the meet's only Grade 1 race, the Princess Rooney Handicap.

Leave Me Alone: Orinoquia easily

Orinoquia took advantage of a lightning fast pace to post her second straight stakes win, rallying from far back to an easy 5 1/4-length triumph over Sadie's Time in the $100,000 Leave Me Alone Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Orinoquia had won the Harmony Lodge Stakes in similar fashion three weeks earlier.

Orinoquia ($6.40), a daughter of Whywhywhy trained by Rodolfo Garcia, dropped well off the early pace of Freedom Afleet, who set fractions of 21.46 seconds and 45.18. Sadie's Time, an easy maiden claiming winner in her only previous start, forged to a short advantage inside the eighth pole but proved no match for the fast charging Orinoquia, who finished full of run under jockey Eduardo Nunez after fanning five wide into the stretch.

Garcia said Orinoquia would return in the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes on July 12.