07/15/2005 12:00AM

In Summation at head of the class

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Skip Smith
In Summation's Birdonthewire win made him the early favorite in the Florida Stallion Series.

MIAMI - Now that the Summit of Speed is in the record books, local attention will turn almost completely to the 2-year-old division and the upcoming Florida Stallion series, which begins Aug. 13 with the $75,000 Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen stakes. Both races will be decided at six furlongs.

The early favorite in the open division of the stallion series is the undefeated In Summation, who ran his record to a perfect 3 for 3 with his victory in Sunday's Birdonthewire Stakes.

The Birdonthewire marked the first time In Summation, a son of Put It Back, has been challenged or forced to come from off the pace. He opened his career with a pair of one-sided wire-to-wire victories.

Trainer Frank Gomez believes the experience his colt received in his last start will serve him well down the road. "He probably wasn't 100 percent fit for the last race, but I liked the way he dug in, and the race should do him a lot of good," said Gomez. "I'll point him for the Stallion Stakes and see what happens. At this point it's still a little early to tell how far he'll go or how good he is, but he's without a doubt the most talented 2-year-old I've had in many years."

Gomez is no stranger to good 2-year-olds or the Florida Stallion Stakes. The 76-year-old native of Ireland has developed some of the best juveniles ever to come out of Calder, including Princess Rooney, Smile, and Cherokee Run. He is the only trainer to have swept the Stallion Stakes twice, turning the trick in 1984 with Smile and again seven years later with Naked Greed.

R Loyal Man flashes promise in stakes

Another locally based 2-year-old with plenty of promise is R Loyal Man, a son of More Than Ready who journeyed to Churchill Downs last Sunday and was defeated a half-length by the favored Deputy G in the $176,000 Bashford Manor Stakes.

R Loyal Man, trained by Tim Ritvo for the A Kales Company, is a Kentucky-bred and is not eligible for the Stallion Stakes.

'Dream On' looks to get back on track

Dream On Dream On, who stopped suddenly after cruising along on the lead in the Lord Juban Stakes on the main track, returns to grass in Sunday's $40,000 Donthelumbertrader Stakes. The overnight event for 3-year-olds is carded at 7 1/2 furlongs.

Dream On Dream On, the likely favorite Sunday, was an easy winner of his two previous starts on turf, including the Simply Majestic Stakes on May 28. The Lord Juban was also scheduled for the turf but was moved to the main track because of rain.

Sir Jackie and Talented Prince, who finished one-two after passing the tiring Dream On Dream On through the stretch in the Lord Juban, will try to duplicate those performances on the grass and may get some help from Lord Robyn, who led older horses into the stretch before finishing a tiring third in the recent Band Is Passing Stakes.

Assistant trainer Dumas, 48, dies suddenly

Penny Hall Dumas, assistant to trainer Henry Collazzo, collapsed and died suddenly during training hours June 27 of an apparent aneurysm.

Dumas, 48, had previously worked for trainers Nick Zito and Jonathan Sheppard. She was the daughter of veteran New England trainer Oscar Hall and sister of jockey Jesse Hall, who is currently riding at Colonial Downs. She is also survived by her husband, Mark Dumas.

"We will all remember Penny for her love of the industry," said trainer Heidi Root. "She was from a racing family, participated in racing all her life, and was liked and respected by all those who knew her. Even in her death Penny helped people by donating her organs to others in need."