12/28/2005 12:00AM

Bailey will ride In Summation in Aventura


MIAMI - Jockey Jerry Bailey will pick and choose his mounts carefully this winter at Gulfstream Park as he continues to wind down his brilliant Hall of Fame career. But he didn't hesitate to accept an offer from trainer Frank Gomez to ride In Summation when the once-beaten youngster kicks off his 3-year-old campaign on Jan. 7 in Gulfstream Park's one-mile Aventura Stakes.

In Summation was the leader of the local 2-year-old division at Calder this season, despite dropping his season finale by a nose to Blazing Rate in the 1 1/16-mile In Reality Stakes. A son of Put It Back, In Summation had won his five previous starts by a combined margin of 26 lengths, including the opening two legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

"I called Jerry's agent, Ron Anderson, this morning to see if he was available for the Aventura, and fortunately he was," said Gomez.

In Summation, with regular rider Manoel Cruz aboard, surprisingly went right out after Bailey and his mount, Cab, to duel for the early lead in the In Reality. In Summation ultimately won that battle but lost the war when he was outgamed by Blazing Rate in the final stride.

"I knew Jerry wanted to ride this horse ever since the In Reality," said Gomez. "He told me after the race that my horse would have won that one too if my rider hadn't been so busy riding his horse, too."

Gomez gave In Summation some time off to recuperate from his tough effort in the In Reality before putting him back in steady training earlier this month. Wednesday, In Summation worked six furlongs in 1:15.60 over a slow and cuppy racetrack at Calder in company with stablemate First Movement.

"He needed some time off after his last race," said Gomez. "I just jogged and piddled around with him for a while but he's doing good now. His work this morning wasn't fast but he's right where I want him. I'm not sure how far he will eventually go. I think a mile and a sixteenth could be his limit, but sometimes speed horses will fool you. It won't take long to find out, and being a one-turn mile the Aventura should be a good place to start."

Big fields for both turf stakes

As expected, the year's last two turf stakes drew an abundance of entries as trainers avail themselves of one final opportunity to race 3-year-olds against their own kind in Saturday's Frances A. Genter and Pete Axthelm stakes.

The Genter and Axthelm are two of the four stakes on the Grand Slam III card, which also features the Chaposa Springs and Stage Door Betty handicaps. All four races offer prize money of $100,000.

The Genter, a Grade 3 race for 3-year-old fillies, drew 19 entries, while the Axthelm for 3-year-old colts and geldings lured 17 runners. Only 12 horses will be allowed to start in each race with both events to be decided at 7 1/2 furlongs.

Among the leading candidates for the Genter are Ready's Gal, Champagne Ending, More Than Promised, and the locally based trio of Flying Circle, Running Bobcats, and Aclassysassylassy.

Dream On Dream On drew post 1 and may be tough to catch in an Axthelm field that also includes B. B. Best, Lamor, Ramazutti, Tinseltown, and Therecomesatiger. B. B. Best, among the top 3-year-olds in south Florida last winter, will be making his turf debut if he starts.

Both the seven-furlong Chaposa Springs and 1 1/16-mile Stage Door Betty Handicap drew nine fillies and mares. The 8-year-old Lilah will share high weight of 119 pounds in the Chaposa Springs along with Kuanyan and Injustice.

Potra Clasica, one of three horses entered by trainer Marty Wolfson, is the co-highweight from post 2 along with Pitanta and Palaestra in the Stage Door Betty. Wolfson will also send out Preach It and Mocita in the Stage Door Betty, with each of his fillies running as a separate betting interest.

Sweet Lips, winner of the Sunshine Millions Distaff earlier this year, is the likely favorite under Edgar Prado for trainer Bobby Frankel in the Stage Door Betty.