04/23/2008 11:00PM

In Summation heads Bob Umphrey


As a 2-year-old, In Summation was the toast of south Florida, dominating the local juvenile scene during the summer and fall of 2005 while under the tutelage of the late Frank Gomez.

Now 5, the versatile In Summation could become the toast of the nation's sprint division later this season, with trainer Christophe Clement putting him on a course that could lead to an appearance at Santa Anita in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. That course takes In Summation back to his Calder roots for Saturday's $250,000 Bob Umphrey Sprint Championship Handicap.

The Umphrey Sprint Championship is one of four turf stakes at Calder on Saturday, Turf Million Day, topped by the $400,000 Calder Derby. Clemente could also have the favorite with Mauralakana in the $300,000 Mairzy Doates, and Shes All Eltish heads the $200,000 Calder Oaks.

In Summation will be the starting highweight under 123 pounds in the five-furlong Bob Umphrey Sprint against a strong field that also includes Tampa Bay Downs sprint champ Lookinforthesecret, the multiple graded stakes winner Weigelia, turf sprint specialist Heros Reward, and eight others.

In Summation has excelled on both turf and artificial surfaces since joining Clement's barn at 3. A son of Put It Back, he has already won a pair of graded stakes this year, the Grade 2 Palos Verdes and Grade 3 El Conejo handicaps at Santa Anita. Last year, In Summation won 3 of 5 starts, including an overnight stakes over the Monmouth Park turf.

"He's just a wonderful horse," said Clement of In Summation. "I'd be a bit more confident if this race was at six furlongs and I had two more weeks, because he's about two weeks away from where I want him to be. But I think he's quick enough to go five-eighths, and there's enough speed to set him up in this race."

Corey Nakatani, who guided In Summation to his only Grade 1 win, in the Bing Crosby Handicap last summer at Del Mar, will be in town to handle the assignment.

Lookinforthesecret had a five-race win streak snapped by Blue Pepsi Lodge, another member of the Bob Umphrey Sprint lineup, when he was beaten a neck over Tampa's main track earlier this month. The 6-year-old Lookinforthesecret has won 5 of 13 sprint tries on grass.

Weigelia, who passed $1 million in earnings earlier this year, amassed much of that money over Calder's main track, although he has been efficient on turf as well, having posted 3 of his 13 victories over grass.

Heros Reward has finished worse than second just once in a dozen starts on grass. Trained by Dale Capuano, Heros Reward will make his first start since upsetting Woodbine's six-furlong Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes on Oct. 21.

Mairzy Doates: Clement again?

Clement could also have the upper hand when he sends out Mauralakana against seven other 3-year-old fillies in the 1 3/8-mile Mairzy Doates Handicap.

The French-bred Mauralakana is coming off a second place finish as the 9-5 favorite in Gulfstream Park's Grade 3 Orchid Handicap on March 30. She won the Grade 3 The Very One Handicap over the same course three weeks earlier.

"I thought she ran very well last time and might have won if the winner hadn't gotten a dream trip on the rail," said Clement. "A mile and three eighths is probably a better distance for her, and the horse to beat in this field, J'ray, has never been that far."

J'ray finished fourth, a half-length behind Mauralakana, in the nine-furlong The Very One. Now 5, J'ray has never been worse than second in three trips over the Calder turf course, including a victory in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap in her 2007 finale.

Calder Oaks: Shes All Eltish tough

Trainer Marty Wolfson could have put Shes All Eltish in the national spotlight next week had he decided to run her in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Instead he chose a more conservative route, putting the versatile filly back on grass for the 1 1/8-mile Calder Oaks.

Shes All Eltish might have earned herself a spot in the Kentucky Oaks by virtue of her 6 3/4-length triumph in Gulfstream's Grade 2 Bonnie Miss Stakes. But Wolfson said he didn't want to subject the somewhat high-strung filly to all the commotion that takes place at Churchill Downs on Oaks Day.

"I've just started to get her settled down, so taking her to Churchill that weekend wouldn't be in her best interests," said Wolfson. "This is a much better spot, she can certainly handle the turf, and it will set her up for a possible start in the Black-Eyed Susan."

Shes All Eltish will face a field in the Calder Oaks that includes such up-and-coming fillies as Life Is Sweet and Ginger Brew.

Life Is Sweet is coming off a fourth-place finish in Keeneland's Grade 1 Ashland Stakes, finishing just behind third-place finisher Proud Spell. She was an easy entry-level allowance winner over the Gulftream turf course in her 3-year-old debut.

"I thought the Ashland was a super race for her," said trainer Bill Mott. "Especially considering she was moving to a different surface and that she got nosed out for third money by a very good filly.

"I believe she's probably better on turf, and this looks like a pretty good spot for her for the money."