01/18/2006 12:00AM

In Summation shortens up

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Jim Lisa
The 3-year-old In Summation, unbeaten in five sprints, will turn back to seven furlongs for the Sunshine Millions Dash on Jan. 28.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The Jan. 7 Aventura Stakes was the first leg of the Florida Derby stakes series at Gulfstream Park. But for trainer Frank Gomez, the one-mile Aventura was simply a prep for his next major objective with the speedy 3-year-old In Summation, the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash at Santa Anita on Jan. 28.

In Summation, the top 2-year-old at Calder in 2005, finished fifth as the 9-5 favorite in the Aventura. It was the first race for In Summation since he suffered his first career setback in Calder's 1 1/16-mile In Reality Stakes on Oct. 15.

"He needed that race in the Aventura real bad," said Gomez. "We had to get a race into him before going to Santa Anita for the Sunshine Millions. But he came out of the race super, blew out the other day, and will have one more work before he goes to California."

In Summation, who is undefeated in five starts at seven furlongs or less, will turn back to seven furlongs for the Sunshine Millions Dash.

"I think we'll probably keep him sprinting the rest of the year," said Gomez.

Gomez will not accompany In Summation to California for the Sunshine Millions. Instead he will send the colt with fellow Calder-based trainer Manny Tortora, who is bringing both Supervisor and Whos Crying Now to Santa Anita for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic. In Summation will be ridden in the Dash by Cornelio Velasquez.

While In Summation is off the Florida Derby trail, his stablemate Rehoboth put himself into the picture with his easy victory over the previously undefeated Fabled in a second-level allowance here last weekend. The performance earned him a spot in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes on Feb. 4.

"I wasn't surprised he won that race the other day," said Gomez. "He always showed some ability and I thought he'd close on those horses shortening up to six and a half furlongs."

Gomez also wasn't concerned by the fact that Rehoboth, ridden by Javier Castellano, drifted out to the middle of the track after pulling away from the competition in the final furlong.

"I think he might have just been shying away from that tote board in the infield," Gomez said.

Nothing wrong with La Reina

La Reina was eased to the finish line by jockey Mike Smith and then vanned off following the conclusion of last Saturday's Marshua's River Stakes, but appears to have come out of the race none the worse for wear.

"Mike didn't like the way she was traveling at the end, so he eased her up and then we brought her back to the barn in the horse ambulance for precautionary reasons," said Graham Wolfram, assistant to trainer Shug McGaughey. "But we checked her over after she cooled out and she was fine. In fact she was back walking under tack [Wednesday]."

Wolfram said he is uncertain when La Reina might run next, if she runs at all. A homebred daughter of A.P. Indy, La Reina is scheduled to be bred to Giant's Causeway this spring.

Big field likely for First Lady

Saturday's $100,000 First Lady Handicap closed with 12 nominations, and as of Wednesday nine or 10 of those fillies and mares were expected start in the Grade 3 sprint, including co-highweights Maddalena, Smokey Glacken, and Trickle of Gold.

Also expected for the race are Ebony Breeze, Kuanyan, Lilah, Lunachick, So Much More, Ender's Sister, and possibly Toll Taker.

Prado has three mounts for Millions

Jockey Edgar Prado will stay local for Sunshine Millions Day. Among the horses Prado is expected to ride are Mr. Fotis for Marty Wolfson in the Sprint, Sweet Lips for Bobby Frankel in the Distaff, and Brickell for Bill Mott in the Turf.

Brickell, who worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.20 here Wednesday, is one of two horses Mott plans to start in the Turf, along with Silver Tree. Jerry Bailey, who will end his career after the Sunshine Millions card, will ride Silver Tree.