Excess Summer Turns Up Heat at Santa Anita

Excess Summer, getting ready for a start in the Seabiscuit Handicap on the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships undercard, blistered five furlongs in :56 4/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track Thursday morning.

Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone was in the irons for the work, which was at least a second faster than the times posted by the other 37 horses who went the distance.

"He's ready," trainer Jeff Mullins said. "He'd have to be after a work like that, right? He had to have been going fast down the lane because he crawled around the turn and took his time. He should be tough in there."

Excess Summer was claimed for $40,000 from his first start and has subsequently won four races for his new owners – Wineman, Wineman, McClanahan and Conboy, et al – including three stakes in his last three starts. The California-bred son of In Excess and Summer Ruckus (by Bold Ruckus) won the $100,000 Pomona Derby at Fairplex in his last start. He has now won five of his eight career starts, with two seconds, for earnings of $229,521.

Others expected for the Seabiscuit are Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Invitational Handicap winner Chinkapin and grade I-placed runners Brancusi and Fleetstreet Dancer.

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