Grade I Trio in New Year's El Conejo
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In Summation won the 2008 El Conejo.
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Edited Santa Anita press release

In Summation  , fourth in the Oct. 25 Sentient Flight Group Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), will be among three grade I winners in a field of five set to contest Santa Anita Park’s $100,000 El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) at  5 1/2 furlongs on New Year’s Day.

A newly-turned 6-year-old trained by Christophe Clemente for Waterford Stable, In Summation is the defending champion after setting a stakes record of 1:01.27 when victorious one year ago.

Rafael Bejarano will be aboard the Florida-bred, which was assigned 120 pounds and will break from the outside post. In Summation has earned $1,115,066. His record of 10-6-1 in 26 starts includes a victory in Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Handicap (gr. I) in 2007.

Black Seventeen, seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Oct. 25 after taking the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, was assigned high weight of 121 pounds. Clinton Potts rides the 5-year-old trained by Brian Koriner. Black Seventeen has posted a 4-2-1 record in 11 races for earnings of $536,077.

Garrett Gomez is scheduled to ride Mooncoin homebred Johnny Eves after guiding the 5-year-old gelding to victory in the Nov. 22 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park. Johnny Eves, victorious in Santa Anita’s Malibu Stakes (gr. I) in 2007, will carry 119 pounds. The California-bred, trained by Jay Robbins, shows a record of 6-4-0 in 18 starts with earnings of $485,120.

The El Conejo Handicap is featured on this week's edition of That Handicapping Show.

$100,000 El Conejo Handicap (gr. III, Race 3, 1:03 p.m.), 4 & Up, 5 1/2 Furlongs (All Weather)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Machismo (FL), 115, Mike E. Smith
2. Its in God's Hands (CA), 109, Martin Garcia
3. Johnny Eves (CA), 119, Garrett K. Gomez
4. Black Seventeen (FL), 121, Clinton L. Potts
5. In Summation   (FL),120, Rafael Bejarano
 

 

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