No Horsing Around

Big bucks are on the line

SAT 7/10

Short guys feel the need for speed, too.
Short guys feel the need for speed, too.
Move it, buddy!  I’m getting to the Michelob booth first!
Move it, buddy! I’m getting to the Michelob booth first!
Can the D-Train whack Brandy’s first pitch?
Can the D-Train whack Brandy’s first pitch?

Horse fans, grab your racing forms and spyglasses, because the biggest day of the year at Calder Race Course (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami-Dade) happens this Saturday. The Summit of Speed combines six eminent sprint stakes for an afternoon purse totaling $1.75 million. The $500,000 Princess Rooney handicap is the prize jewel of the docket, pitting the best grade-I thoroughbreds in the land against each other. Also on the day's agenda are the $500,000 grade-III Smile Sprint Handicap, the $300,000 grade-III Azalea Breeder's Cup Stakes, and the $300,000 grade-III Carry Back Stakes. Two ungraded races -- the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint Handicap and the $50,000 Rocket Man Stakes -- round out the day's competition. If you're coming to the park with wagering on your mind, the All Stakes Pick 5 gives you a chance to win half-a-million dollars. Not bad for a day's work, huh? Of course, if you bring the kids, they'll need something to do as well. The Summit is a family day, so Calder has a number of fun activities planned for those not as interested in the action on the turf. Admission costs $2. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., and post time for the first race is 12:50 p.m. Call 305-625-1311. --Russ Evans

Paintball

... comes to Pompano

SAT 7/10

"Every day is like Halloween here," says Lee Mathis, owner of the Pompano Indoor Skatepark (2171 Blount Rd., Pompano Beach). "Trick or treat." What he means is that sometimes there are crews of people lined up to play in the skatepark's brand-new paintball facility, and other times there are just two or three trigger-happy types. Since your friends are probably off today, rally them for a battle. You'll divvy up into two teams and infiltrate one another's territory. Whichever team ends up with the enemy's flag or top-secret briefcase wins. It costs $5 to play, $8 to rent a marker (that's the code word for gun) and a mask, and more for paintballs ($17 for 500 rounds). If paintball's not your gig, come here for skateboard lessons, or to check out the all-ages concerts that happen almost nightly. When he first thought about starting a business, "I wanted to open a gym," says Mathis, "but not like a Bally's -- something raw. What I've created is like a Happy Days 2000." Fonzie would dig it. Call 954-979-7966. --Deirdra Funcheon

Fitness...

by any other name

FRI 7/9

When companies like Coca-Cola and Michelob sponsor the Publix Family Fitness Weekend, you wonder where the "fitness" comes in. Caffeine after the 5K race? A beer after the ocean laps? Chocolate Dannon after you limp to the finish line? Enter the triathlon, the inline skate race, or the deceptively named South Florida Super Sprint: a quarter-mile swim followed by a ten-mile bike race and 1.9-mile run. After more than a dozen miles of sweating, eat whatever you want. The event lasts from Friday through Sunday at Birch State Park (3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Registration costs $12-$50. Call 561-241-3801 or visit www.familyfitnessweekend.com. --Karen Dale Wolman

Tailgate party!

SUN 7/11

Isn't it great when, instead of some politically-connected bigwig, somebody inspiring throws the first pitch at a professional baseball game? Brandy Lee, a little girl with leukemia, hurls the first ball when the Marlins face the Mets at 3:05 p.m. at Pro Player Stadium (2267 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami). Tickets to the game -- including a tailgate party with BBQ and beer -- are available for $25 through the Donald Slayton Children's Foundation. The party begins at 1 p.m. Call 954-600-3825. -- Deirdra Funcheon

 
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