Ten Things You Should Know: Summit of Speed
1) The Summit of Speed at Calder Race Course in Miami, Florida currently comprises four graded sprint stakes.
2) The graded stakes on the Summit of Speed lineup includes the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-olds, the Grade 2 Smile Sprint for 3-year-olds and up, and Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. The Smile Sprint is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, the winner qualifies for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
3) The four races that make up the Summit of Speed card were run prior to the inaugural Summit in 2000. The Azalea and Carry Back have been on the Calder schedule since 1975. The Smile and Princess Rooney were inaugurated in 1984 and 1985.
4) The first Summit of Speed in 2000 offered over $1 million in purses. The wagering handle for the first Summit broke the Calder Race Course record, with over $8 million bet on the 12-race card.
5) In 2000, Caller One won the Carry Back Stakes. He went on to win the next two editions of the Dubai Golden Shaheen on Dubai World Cup night.
- October 21, 2018
Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano did not have much time to celebrate his 5,000th-career win on Saturday at Belmont Park before catching a plane to Louisville to work Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) contender Catholic Boy five furlongs in 1:02.60 at 5:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) Sunday at Churchill Downs.
- October 20, 2018
Monomoy Girl, Promises Fulfilled Head Breeders' Cup Contingent on Saturday Work Tab at Churchill Downs
Top Longines Distaff (Grade I) contender Monomoy Girl and Promises Fulfilled, one of the likely leaders in the TwinSpires Sprint (GI) or Dirt Mile (GI), headed a busy Saturday morning work tab at Churchill Downs as contenders continue their preparations for the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
- October 20, 2018
Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite Accelerate had his penultimate workout at Santa Anita Saturday for the $6 million race at Churchill Downs Nov. 3, going five furlongs under assistant trainer Juan Leyva in 59.80.