06/01/2009 11:00PM

You Luckie Mann starts drive to Summit

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Jim Lisa
You Luckie Mann runs for the first time since this 107 Beyer win in the Birdonthewire at Calder in October.

MIAMI - You Luckie Mann's vacation is over.

You Luckie Mann will return to work following a four-month absence when he takes on six rivals in Thursday's $26,000 allowance feature at Calder. The race serves as the speedy 3-year-old's first step on the road to the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes here July 11.

You Luckie Mann was the fastest 2-year-old in North America from a Beyer Speed Figure standpoint in 2008 after posting a 107 capturing the Birdonthewire Stakes by 11 lengths in his juvenile finale on Oct. 18. A son of Exchange Rate, You Luckie Mann has made just two starts at 3, running into a monstrous performance and coming out second best on both occasions. You Luckie Mann chased home Notonthesamepage, who earned a 113 Beyer winning the Spectacular Bid Stakes on opening day at Gulfstream Park, then caught This Ones for Phil, who was awarded a 115 Beyer for his 2 1/4-length victory in the Sunshine Millions Dash three weeks later.

"I really want to keep him at six furlongs, that's his thing, and there really wasn't much left over there at Gulfstream after the Sunshine Millions," said Marty Wolfson, who trains You Luckie Mann for the Kramer Stables. "So I gave him some time off to freshen him up and then point for the Carry Back."

Wolfson says he's not ruling out the possibility of bringing You Luckie Mann right back in the $100,000 Unbridled Stakes on Juneo13. That six-furlong dash serves as the local prep for the Carry Back four weeks later.

"I might want to get another race into him before the Carry Back," said Wolfson. "I know it's only nine days to the Unbridled and that would be a bit quick. I'll just see how he runs on Thursday before making a decision."

You Luckie Mann's chief competition in his return figures to come from the veteran Ruby's Red Socks, who has been the scourge of the local sprint starter allowance ranks over the past eight months. He was also stakes placed on a couple of occasions this winter at Tampa.

Little Nick, who has moved to trainer Bill White's barn since his last start, also bears watching in a field that includes Unbridled Heat, Guns Drawn, Vicarino, and Serengeti Tour.

Wolfson sending pair on the road

Wolfson figures to be well represented not only on Summit Preview Day and in the Summit of Speed itself here on July 11, but also out of town, where he's looking at rich stakes for Ikigai and It's a Bird.

"Ultimately, the Smile on Summit of Speed Day is the goal for Ikigai, but I'm not going to run him in the prep here because the purse is only $75,000," said Wolfson, alluding to the Ponche Handicap on June 13. "Instead, I'm going to send him to Charles Town the following weekend for the Charles Town Dash. It's only four and one-half furlongs and I know he's going to have to go up against defending champ Joey P., but if he breaks I think he's faster than that horse. And the purse is $250,000."

Wolfson also said he's leaning toward Belmont's Grade 1 Suburban instead of the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs for It's a Bird, who is coming off a victory in the Lone Star Handicap.

"I'm dying to run him a mile and one-quarter," said Wolfson, referring to the Suburban distance. "I think It's a Bird will just love that distance the way he's already handled a mile and one-half. At least I know I can get Julien [Leparoux] for the Suburban. If Einstein runs in the Stephen Foster, I'd have to find another rider for It's a Bird."

Wolfson also declined further comment regarding the recent positive It's a Bird received for anti-inflammatory naproxen following his victory earlier this year in the Oaklawn Handicap.

"We have a hearing scheduled Tuesday on the matter and my attorney asked me not to say anything until that time," said Wolfson.

Nunez nears milestone

Eduardo Nunez will need only one more victory when racing resumes here Thursday to become the all-time winningest jockey in Calder meet history. Nunez is tied with Gene St. Leon with 1,310 victories in races run during the spring-summer Calder meet. Nunez is the winningest rider overall in Calder history, with 1,743 total victories, including the Tropical at Calder meet.

A 43-year-old native of Panama City, Panama, Nunez has been a fixture at Calder and all south Florida tracks for the past two decades. Oddly, despite having posted more wins than any other jockey in track history, Nunez has never won an individual riding title at either the Calder or the Tropical meet.

Nunez is the regular rider for local handicap star Finallymadeit, whose most recent success came in the Grade 3 Memorial Day Handicap. He also guided Marina Ballerina to victory in Saturday's Cool Air Stakes.

Riders escape serious injury

Jockeys Manny Aguilar and Jermaine Bridgmohan both escaped serious injury in Sunday's second race in a mishap that eliminated the two favorites in the seven-furlong starter allowance dash.

Aguilar was aboard the 7-5 Senor Leche, who broke down suddenly while several lengths clear on the lead midway around the final turn. Several moments later, Bridgmohan fell off even-money Starship Valor, who had to swerve to avoid his stricken rival near the inside rail.

Aguilar took off the remainder of his mounts on the card, while Bridgmohan bounced right back to win the next two races before taking the rest of the day off. Senor Leche had to be euthanized, while Starship Valor appeared to escape the incident unharmed.

Giuseppegeppetto, who had disputed the early pace with Senor Leche, inherited the lead following the incident on the turn and went on to win the accident-marred race under apprentice Noel Vigil. Sent postward at more than 50-1 in the six-horse field, Giuseppegeppetto returned $114.80 for the unlikely victory.