|PALOS VERDES H.|
Won at 5PALOS VERDES H.
(gr. II , 6f , defeating Barbecue Eddie, Surf Cat, Soul City Slew, Ididn'tdoanything, Copa de Plata, Fly Dorcego (BRZ) ).
In Summation set a track record for the third time in his career when he took advantage of the lightning-fast Cushion Track at Santa Anita, running six furlongs in 1:06.67 to win the $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) Jan. 21. His Palos Verdes win marked the fifth record set in a stakes race in 10 days at the California oval.
Owned by Thomas and Judy Moore’s Waterford Stable, the 5-year-old horse got his second consecutive record-setting victory for 2008 after taking the 51¼2-furlong El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) in 1:01.27 at Santa Anita Jan. 1. Trainer Christophe Clement attributed the record to the speedy condition of the Cushion Track. In Summation also holds the course record for 51¼2 furlongs at Monmouth Park.
Florida’s champion 2-year-old male in 2005, the son of Put It Back is his sire’s second-leading earner with $905,166 to his name. Sadly, neither his breeder nor his former trainer were able to witness his recent win—breeder Arthur Appleton died Jan. 15 at the age of 92, and former trainer Frank Gomez passed away Dec. 23, 2007 at the age of 78.
In Summation broke his maiden by 43¼4 lengths at Calder Race Course in his first start May 20, 2005. Gomez placed him directly into stakes company and he remained unbeaten through four black-type starts, including the Birdonthewire Stakes and the Florida Stallion Series Dr. Fager and Affirmed Stakes. In fact, all 10 wins from his 21 starts—minus the maiden victory—came in black-type company.
Although he did not win a race in 2006, the Florida-bred turned in three second-place efforts from eight tries, four over the turf, including the Hollywood Turf Express Handicap (gr. IIIT). After moving to Clement’s barn and getting a fresh start in his 4-year-old season, he finished fourth in Keeneland’s Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) and won the 51¼2-furlong Sneakbox Stakes at Monmouth Park in course record time. Moved to synthetic surfaces, he has won five of his past six starts, including a record-setting win in the 2007 Bing Crosby Handicap (gr. I).
In Summation’s dam, Fiesta Baby, is a 15-year-old daughter of Dayjur who won two of five career starts. She has produced six foals, five to race who are all winners, including the stakes-winning Dakota Duke. Her last reported foal, the Halo’s Image filly Jen’s Halo, was dropped in 2004 and is unraced. She was barren in 2005 and 2006, aborted her foal in 2007, and is back in foal to Put It Back for 2008.
Put It Back, a grade II winner, is the sire of 12 stakes winners including grade/group III winners Smokey Stover and Black Bar Spin. He is standing the 2008 season at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla., for a stud fee of $7,500 live foal.—C.N.
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