Updated on 09/17/2011 11:14PM

Stage set for Florida Stallion double sweep

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Jim Lisa
In Summation wins the $125,000 Affirmed Stakes by 2 3/4-lengths at Calder on Saturday.

MIAMI - In Summation and Running Lass, along with their regular rider, Manoel Cruz, kept their chances alive of pulling off an unprecedented double sweep of the Florida Stallion Stakes after winning the middle legs of the series over a sloppy track at Calder on Saturday. Their victories were the highlight of the 14-race Juvenile Showcase card, all for 2-year-olds.

In Summation remained undefeated in five starts with his relatively easy 2 3/4-length victory over the inexperienced but promising Blazing Rate in the $125,000 Affirmed Stakes. Running Lass had to be fully extended before outlasting longshot Prospect of Love to post a harder-fought head triumph in the $125,000 Susan's Girl Stakes.

The popular victories completed an all stakes pick six that paid $8,292.90 and gave Cruz two of his six winners on the card.

Both In Summation and Running Lass will attempt to complete their respective sweeps in the $400,000 In Reality and My Dear Girl stakes on Oct. 15.

In Summation stalked the pace of Saint Jules for the opening five furlongs of the seven-furlong Affirmed while well in hand, readily shook free entering the stretch, and remained clear under late pressure. Blazing Rate, an impressive winner of his only previous start, made a run at the winner entering the stretch but proved no match. Old Town Pond was third.

In Summation ($2.20), trained by Frank Gomez for the Waterford Farm, ran five furlongs in 1:24.87. Gomez is the only trainer to have previously swept the Stallion Stakes twice, having turned the trick with Smile in 1984 and Naked Greed in 1991.

"He's coming along the way you would want to see a horse develop," said Gomez. "You will never know if they will get the distance but as you saw today he will rate."

As expected, Running Lass cruised right to the lead under Cruz and controlled the seven-furlong Susan's Girl from gate to wire, although she was fully extended to withstand the final surge of longshot Prospect of Love. Prospect of Love dropped back after a very alert beginning, saved ground into the stretch, then eased out and finished best of all to just miss.

Siren Cove raced well placed and rallied mildly to finish third, another three-quarters of a length behind Prospect of Love.

Running Lass, a daughter of Running Stag, is owned by her breeder, Michael Sherman, in partnership with William Condren. She is trained by Angel Salinas. Running Lass ($2.80) covered seven furlongs over a wet track in 1:26.09 while registering her fourth victory in six career starts.

"I don't know if she will go two turns after today but how do you not try it?" said Sherman. "The pace of two-turn races is different, slower, and her sire went long. You just don't know until you try it."

In the other stakes on the card:

* The complexion of the $50,000 Fasig- Tipton Turf Dash changed when rain forced the race to be moved to a sloppy main track. But the switch in surfaces may not have affected the outcome after Forest Danz ($7) easily outsprinted nine rivals en route to a wire to wire 12-length victory over Connoisseur in the five-furlong sprint.

Mr. Silver, the 6-5 favorite, was shuffled back in traffic in the run down the backstretch and finished a non-threatening fifth.

o Weekend Weather proved the beneficiary of a perfect trip in a roughly run race to post a half-length decision over Gin Rummy King in the $50,000 Seacliff Stakes.

Weekend Weather ($9) slipped through along the rail, then ran down Gin Rummy King after Gin Rummy King bore well out after having taken a short lead into the stretch. Several other rivals, including 9-5 favorite Thanks Dubya, were virtually eliminated after Yoswain bore out badly to cause considerable crowding into the clubhouse turn.

* Mia's Reflection ($60) turned in the afternoon's biggest upset, easily running down 8-5 favorite A Sea Trippi en route to a 3 3/4-length victory in the $50,000 Lindsay Frolic Stakes, which was contested in a driving rainstorm.

Mia's Reflection, who had failed to hit the board in her only two previous career starts, stalked the pacesetting A Sea Trippi from the outside then easily pulled away through the stretch under Carlos Olivero. She ran one mile in 1:41.61 over the wet-fast track.

Mia's Hope is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Hal's Hope. She is owned by the Rose Family Stable and trained by Barry Rose.

* Trainer Kathleen O'Connell sent out the first two finishers in the $50,000 Catcharisingstar Stakes when 4-5 favorite Bettarun Fast ($3.80) defeated her uncoupled stablemate Little Right Dove by 4 1/2 lengths in the five-furlong turf sprint.

The victory was the third in as many starts for Bettarun Fast, a daughter of Kelly Kip, who covered the distance in 58.59 seconds under regular rider Danny Scocca.