06/08/2013 12:47PM

Presque Isle Downs: Sum of the Parts seeks year’s first win in Karl Boyes Memorial

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Sum of the Parts is winless in two starts this year, but trainer Tom Amoss thinks the $100,000 Karl Boyes Memorial at Presque Isle Downs on Monday will put him in the win column.

“He has been perfect on synthetics, and I am hoping this is what he needs to turn him around,” Amoss said of the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle.

Sum of the Parts is 3 for 3 on synthetic surfaces and 5 for 13 lifetime. He has earned $594,000.

Eleven were entered in the 5 1/2-furlong Boyes Memorial, but the field may shrink. Greek Warrior is cross-entered in a Sunday race at Monmouth Park, and Kyma – winner of the Boyes Memorial prep May 14 and a Pennsylvania-bred who finished fourth in the $135,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup at Penn National on June 1 – was entered without a rider.

Sum of the Parts won 4 of 6 starts last season, including the Tom Ridge over this surface. The only off-the-board finish in 2012 for Sum of the Parts came in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint when he was fourth, beaten three lengths.

This season, Sum of the Parts, a son of Speightstown, has been a beaten favorite in each of his starts. In his first race of the year March 16, he finished last in the Colonel Power at Fair Grounds on the turf. In his most recent out, he was fifth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths, in an optional claimer at Churchill Downs on May 1.

Amoss is not making any excuses for Sum of the Parts.

“He is doing well, training great. He just has not been winning like his old self,” he said.

There is an abundance of speed in Monday’s race, but Amoss is confident Sum of the Parts can adjust.

“If he was truly a one-dimensional horse, this would not be a good spot,” Amoss said.

The trainer said he would leave race tactics up to jockey Leandro Goncalves.

“Whether he sets the pace or sits off it is up to him. He knows the horse well and has won on him before.”

Next Question also will be looking for his first win of the year in the Boyes Memorial. Trained by Michael Trombetta, Next Question has been racing almost exclusively on turf but is 1 for 1 on a synthetic surface. A 5-year-old gelding, he finished fifth, beaten a half-length, in the Grade 3 Shakertown at Keeneland on April 13. In his most recent start May 16, he finished third in the $85,000 Around the Cape at Belmont Park. Next Question will race without blinkers for the first time in his career Monday. Next Question had a bullet work last Saturday over the Tapeta surface at the Fair Hill training center.

Julian Pimentel will ride.