02/07/2012 4:26PM

Santa Anita: Silver Summation to give it another shot

Shigeki Kikkawa
Fed Biz, with Rafael Bejarano up, is an impressive maiden winner.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Dozens of horses and riders, every day, make the short walk from the Santa Anita paddock, through the grandstand tunnel, to the track. Most of the time, the parade is quiet and incident-free.

But Jan. 8, as mild-mannered turf sprinter Silver Summation and jockey Garrett Gomez made their way toward the tunnel for the eighth-race feature, the Grade 3 Daytona Stakes, it all went screwy.

Silver Summation was startled by something, reared up, and fell over. The horse quickly jumped to his feet unscathed, but Gomez landed hard and suffered a broken heel. Gomez is recovering, and expected to return by early March.

Silver Summation, scratched from the Daytona, will try again Thursday in an allowance turf sprint against top Australian import Pressday and stakes-placed Leroy’s Dynameaux. Silver Summation’s trainer, Mike Puype, expects his horse will make it to the track without repeating the incident.

“It was very odd,” Puype said. “He’s a very calm horse, well-minded, and he spooked out of the blue.” Puype may ask stewards for permission to school him past the spot where he fell.

“His two races on turf in Kentucky were both good, and I think he’s improved since I’ve had him,” Puype said. “I figure him to run well.” Puype said Silver Summation showed no adverse effects from the incident.

“Just out of precaution, I waited a couple extra days [before he resumed training],” Puype said. He posted two sharp recent works under new rider David Flores.

The $63,000 purse makes race 7 the richest Thursday. Puype and Flores also combine in race 2, an allowance route for 3-year-olds. Consulado, 1 7 1/4-length maiden sprint winner, stretches to a mile against promising maiden route winner Fed Biz.

Five entered. With a two-turn race under his belt, Fed Biz will be formidable. Bob Baffert trains the Giant’s Causeway colt, who will be making his first start since a powerful maiden win Dec. 30. Meanwhile, Consulado has yet to run long. He set fractions of 21.53 and 44.11 seconds last out winning a 6 1/2-furlong sprint in 1:15. Is he too fast for two turns? Puype is uncertain.

“You really don’t know until you try, I’m hoping we’re okay,” he said. “Any horse that goes that fast in a sprint, it’s hard not to believe he won’t be on the lead. Hopefully he’ll know how to relax.”

Consulado was excessively keen in two recent works, including a 59-second drill last week at Hollywood Park. Sired by More than Ready, Consulado will lead as far as he can Thursday. Fed Biz, one of 23 individual horses listed in Pool 1 of the 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager this weekend, is the likely winner.

Race 7 is less clear, although Silver Summation’s pressing style should play well in a field with only one other front-runner, comebacker Sayif. Silver Summation has won three of 14, and two fast turf races in Kentucky stamp him as the one to beat.

Pressday, a Group 1-winning miler, was sent from Australia to trainer John Sadler after bleeding in his most recent start in September. The 5-year-old has posted a series of fast works and is expected to race with Lasix. That designation was not on the overnight.

Sadler also entered Carbonite, a 9-for-19 pro up in class after winning his first try on the downhill course Jan. 14 vs. second-level allowance foes. Leroy’s Dynameaux is a stakes-placed veteran whose five downhill starts include a career-debut maiden win and three in-the-money finishes.

Other starters include Make Music for Me, Al Instante, Bud I Crushed It and Thomas Baines.