10/05/2012 4:40PM

Keeneland: Sum of the Parts runs away with Phoenix

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Sum of the Parts leads from gate to wire to win the Phoenix on opening day of Keeneland's fall meet.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sum of the Parts broke like a shot and proceeded to lead every inch of the six-furlong distance of the Grade 3 Phoenix Stakes on the opening-day card on a warm Friday at Keeneland.

Giving Julien Leparoux his third victory of the day, Sum of the Parts, a 3-year-old facing older rivals, returned $11.80 as third choice in a field of 10 in the 160th running of the $175,000 Phoenix. He finished in 1:09.88 over the Polytrack surface.

Noble's Promise rallied between horses to finish second, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner and another head before Laurie's Rocket. Aikenite rallied late to be fourth, while Doctor Chit, the 8-5 favorite, faded to fifth after giving closest chase to the winner.

Sum of the Parts, a dark bay colt by Speightstown, led through fractions of 22.75 and 46.04 seconds before pulling away to a four-length lead in midstretch when asked for his best.

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"We wanted to be on the lead, but not crazy," said Leparoux. "I knew at the quarter pole I had a lot of horse."

Sum of the Parts, owned by the Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence and trained by Tom Amoss, earned an expenses-paid berth into the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Sprint by virtue of his triumph in the Win and You're In event. Amoss said he would have to discuss with the owners whether they would actually elect to run.

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"I was really pleased we made the lead as easily as we did," said Amoss. "I think his last race on the grass at Belmont Park really set him up for this race."

Sum of the Parts finished a close second in an overnight stakes in that Belmont race Sept. 13. The colt is now 5 for 10 lifetime, including 3-for-3 on synthetics.

Until Friday, Wise Dan (2010) had been the only 3-year-old to win the Phoenix since Deposit Ticket in 1991.

HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
Are you sure he should go to Southern Calfiornia? He won 3 today at Keeneland including a graded stakes opening day. Going to So.Cal because of his family to Southern California. Hope he does well there. .
James Ball More than 1 year ago
This article states that this running of the Phoenix was the 160th. Is this possible? The Kentucky Derby has run 138 times--starting in 1875. Saratoga opened in 1864 and that's 148 years ago. The current Keeneland opened 76 years ago in 1936. I know there were a couple of bullrings in downtown Lexington prior to Keeneland. So if the Phoenix carried over from the bullrings, it had to be run first in at least 1853. Somebody clear me up since something looks fouled up.
Russell More than 1 year ago
It was first run in 1830 at the Kentucky Association Racetrack. Wikipedia can fill you in on the history.