Expect to see Imawildandcrazyguy face softer
MIAMI -- His Triple Crown run over, trainer Bill Kaplan is back home in south Florida, where he plans to stay put for a while.
Kaplan's 3-year-old Imawildandcrazyguy finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby and sixth in last Saturday's Belmont Stakes. His chances were compromised in the Belmont after he engaged in a bumping incident with Tiago leaving the starting gate.
"He lost about five lengths right at the start when he bumped leaving the gate and then wound up dropping far behind off a fairly slow pace," Kaplan said. "After that he had little chance considering how fast they wound up completing the final quarter-mile of the race."
Kaplan said Imawildandcrazyguy returned from New York in good order and will likely get a little time to freshen up after facing the cream of the 3-year-old division twice over the past five weeks.
"I plan to keep him home for a while," said Kaplan. "He'll get a little breather and then maybe I'll look for an allowance race for him at Calder. He's still eligible for a second-level allowance condition, and I think it would be a good idea to let him get his confidence back by giving him a chance to get back into the winner's circle against a lot easier competition than he's been facing of late."
The news wasn't all good in the Kaplan camp. He said Storm in May sustained a minor injury during the running of last Friday's Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont that will keep him sidelined indefinitely. Storm in May, who also competed in the Kentucky Derby, finished fifth after contesting the pace into the stretch of the Hill Prince on grass.
Summit of Speed preps this weekend
Saturday will be Summit of Speed preview day at Calder with four stakes on the card, each of which will serve as a prep for one of the eight stakes on the $2 million Summit of Speed program here Julyo7.
The $50,000 No Winking Stakes at five furlongs on the grass is the first of the four overnight events on Saturday's 13-race card and serves as a prep for the $100,000 Distaff Turf Handicap. The No Winking will be followed by the $50,000 B L's Sweep for 2-year-olds, a prep for both the $100,000 Criterium and J j'sdream on Summit of Speed Day.
The final two stakes Saturday will be the $50,000 Swept Away for 3-year-old fillies, a prep for the Gradeo3, $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup, and the $50,000 Champali, which figures to provide a potential starter or two for the Grade 2, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap.
"We moved the Summit of Speed up a week on the schedule this summer, and the timing of these stakes, being three weeks out, is perfect for local horses hoping to run on our big day," said racing secretary Mike Anifantis.
Anifantis has also carded one more Summit of Speed prep, the $50,000 Valid Video Stakes for 3-year-olds, on Sunday. The race is designed as a prep for the Grade 2 Carry Back at six furlongs.
Among those expected to start is trainer Henry Collazo's graded-stakes-placed Frosty Secret, who is looking to rebound from a disappointing effort in an allowance race here last month.
"Naturally I was disappointed in his last start, but unfortunately he just didn't get the best of trips that day," Collazo said. "He broke a step slow, rushed up, then got put in tight quarters by the winner [Izzie's Halo] and had to steady back to last in the run down the backstretch. He's doing well, and we're definitely pointing him for the Carry Back with a good effort on Sunday."
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