08/23/2007 12:00AM

In Summation gets Poly, gives weight


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Christophe Clement is based in New York. There is no Polytrack in New York. In Summation, who Clement trains, ran a career-best race last month in his Polytrack debut, capturing the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap at Hollywood Park. And that is why In Summation traveled from Saratoga to Arlington on Wednesday night to start in Saturday’s $150,000 Arlington Sprint Handicap.

Clement was not pleased with In Summation's weight assignment - his 124 pounds is 6 to 12 pounds more than six rivals Saturday - but Clement felt he had no option but to ship and run.

"I had no alternative, really," Clement said. "Right now, with Polytrack, dirt, turf, there's not a lot of consistency to the races. You have to go a little bit race by race."

In Summation, property of the Waterford Stable, is a 4-year-old Florida-bred son of Put it Back who had 2-year-old success racing in Florida-bred and Florida-sired stakes races during 2005. his first 10 starts came on dirt, but when Clement began training In Summation about a year ago, the switch was made to turf racing.

"He gets sore feet, and we thought the grass would be kinder to him," Clement explained.

In Summation came into top form last fall and winter, but even at his best, he failed to win. He was a good second in Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine over soft going in October, and a good second in the Hollywood Turf Express on firm going in November. In Summation's year began with a troubled fourth in the Shakertown at Keeneland, but he finally broke through in a Monmouth turf sprint in June, before making his successful Polytrack debut last month in California, where he beat Greg's Gold, winner of the Pat O'Brien Handicap last weekend.

"He's a good horse, and a very versatile horse," Clement said.

He also figures to be the definitive favorite under leading rider Rene Douglas in the six-furlong Arlington Sprint, and the race's logical second choice, Off Duty, has never before raced on anything but dirt.

Trainer Lynn Whiting said Off Duty has looked fine on Arlington's main track since shipping from Kentucky about a week ago. Off Duty won the Don Bernhardt at Ellis Park last out after an impossible trip two starts ago in the Aristides at Churchill, but Whiting thinks his best race might've been a third to Bordonaro in Oaklawn's Count Fleet Handicap. Off Duty relaxed and finished that day, but sometimes he pulls too hard early in a race.

"Sometimes you wonder which one's going to show up," Whiting said.

Piratesonthelake, a 3-year-old, exits a good second to the sharp Indian Chant in the Prairie Meadows Sprint on Aug. 4, and won his only Polytrack start. Illinois-bred High Expectations is capable of a surprise with his big stretch run. Buddy Got Even, City Number, and Star by Design complete the field.