Waterford Stable’s In Summation again showed his affinity for synthetic surfaces with a game and blazing victory in the $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) for 4-year-olds and up at Santa Anita Park Jan. 21.
In Summation, a 5-year-old horse by Put It Back, won the six-furlong test in 1:06.67, yet another record on Santa Anita’s Cushion Track. The previous mark of 1:07.34 was set Nov. 3, 2007, by Switzerland.
With Rafael Bejarano riding for trainer Christophe Clement, In Summation clocked front-running Barbecue Eddie through fractions of :21.30 for the first quarter-mile, :43.18 for a half-mile, and :54.44 for five furlongs. The leader maintained a 1 1/2-length lead until the final eighth of a mile, at which point In Summation began to reel him in.
In Summation got up in the shadow of the wire to win by a neck. Barbecue Eddie was easily second, 3 3/4 lengths ahead of Surf Cat in third. The winner paid $5.60 as the favorite in the Palos Verdes, which attracted a field of seven.
“I knew my horse was going to finish strong, because I saved a lot,” Bejarano said. “My horse broke really fast but I didn’t want to use him too early. I knew there was only one speed horse in the race, and I knew he was going very fast, so I saved what I could and let my horse run when it counted.”
Nicholas Bachalard, assistant to Clement, said Bejarano was simply told to make sure In Summation broke well and then let him run his race. Bachalard noted In Summation would have been ridden by Corey Nakatani, who missed the mount after he broke his collarbone in a training accident Jan. 19 at Hollywood Park.
The assistant trainer said In Summation would return to Florida for a break, and hopefully return to California for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be raced at Santa Anita this fall.
In Summation, out of the Dayjurmare Fiesta Baby, was bred in Florida by the late Arthur I. Appleton. He was trained early in his career by Frank Gomez, the long-time South Florida-based trainer who died in December.
After the Palos Verdes, Thomas Moore, who races as Waterford Stable, dedicated In Summation’s victory to Gomez.
In Summation has now started five times on synthetic surfaces, with four wins and a second. Last year, he won the Bing Crosby Handicap (gr. I) on Polytrack at Del Mar and the Arlington Sprint Handicap on Polytrack at Arlington Park. He also finished a close second in the Vernon O. Underwood Handicap on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track.
In Summation began his 2008 campaign Jan. 1 with a victory in the El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita. He now has 10 wins in 21 starts with victories on dirt and turf as well.