03/14/2013 4:04PM

Fair Grounds: Sum of the Parts has tough task in Colonel Power

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Sum of the Parts will make his first start Saturday since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint in November.

Apparently, it’s not enough for trainer Tom Amoss to have won all three of the older-horse dirt-sprint stakes at the meet with Delaunay. On Saturday in the $75,000 Colonel Power Stakes, Amoss has a chance to make his mark in the older-horse turf-sprint division when he sends out Sum of the Parts for his seasonal debut.

Sum of the Parts, 4, has been overshadowed by Delaunay’s outstanding winter, but last fall he was the top sprinter in the Amoss stable, winning his first start against older horses in the Grade 3 Phoenix Stakes over Keeneland’s Polytrack before finishing fourth, beaten just three lengths by Trinniberg, in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Sum of the Parts, by Speightstown and out of a mare by Slew’s Deputy, has raced once before on turf, finishing second of eight in the $80,000 Groovy Stakes for 3-year-olds last September at Belmont.

“I think he likes the grass,” Amoss said. “That six-furlong race, he was really pushed hard on the front end. I really like the fact that he gets to come back on this surface rather than on dirt.”

Sum of the Parts has done well since returning to training early this winter, but Amoss said he won’t be in peak form Saturday. And even at his best, the front-running Sum of the Parts, one of seven entrants in the 5 1/2-furlong Colonel Power, would be in a tricky spot. He’s drawn post 2, inside the race’s other primary speed horse, the wickedly fast Comisky’s Humor.

Sum of the Parts is unlikely to make a clear lead, nor is jockey Leandro Goncalves likely to attempt to take back and come around. With secondary speeds Canuletmedowneasy and China lining up behind the top two, the Colonel Power should set up favorably for Icon Ike.

Icon Ike, a winner in three of his five Fair Grounds grass races, finished strongly but missed China by a neck in the Dec. 22 Bonapaw Stakes, another Fair Grounds turf sprint. Five weeks later, he rallied from seventh at the stretch call to nip Chamberlain Bridge and Canuletmedowneasy in a turf sprint at Sam Houston.

“He’s doing really well right now,” trainer Larry Jones said.

At age 9, Chamberlain Bridge, a five-time Fair Grounds turf winner, isn’t the same horse who once won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, but he has continued to race competitively in stakes similar to the Colonel Power. While Chamberlain Bridge will need much luck from post 1, his Bret Calhoun-trained stablemate, Canuletmedowneasy, should work out a good stalking trip Saturday after leading the Sam Houston race to deep stretch in his first start for Calhoun.

“I don’t think we’ll be on the front end with him this time,” Calhoun said.

China won the Bonapaw at 36-1, and while his odds will be shorter Saturday, China has breezed impressively since his upset almost three months ago.

Happy Ticket: Same Cross tries turf

The $75,000 Happy Ticket for females drew one more entrant than the Colonel Power but has nothing like that race’s proven quality. In fact, the Happy Ticket’s most intriguing starter, Same Cross, makes her stakes debut Saturday, having earned such a chance after clearing the maiden ranks and winning two allowance races since debuting Jan. 20 at Fair Grounds.

Same Cross was rained off the grass in her first two starts, and while her three wins have come on dirt, trainer Jones points to Same Cross’s pedigree – by Proud Citizen and out of a Langfuhr mare – and closing style as signs that she could duplicate her main-track form on grass.

“We’re going to try her,” Jones said. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

The two Mike Stidham-trained fillies in the race, Extravaganza and Cat Lore, both exit turf-sprint allowance-race wins. Extravaganza has won all three of her Fair Grounds turf starts and could easily add a fourth if Same Cross does not take to the turf.