09/05/2005 11:00PM

In Summation still shines brightest

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

MIAMI - There were stars aplenty on last Saturday's 14-race Juvenile Showcase card at Calder.

Forest Danz remained undefeated and untested after sprinting away to a 12-length victory in the $50,000 .

Bettarun Fast likewise kept his perfect record intact with yet another powerful performance over the turf, leading a one-two finish for trainer Kathleen O'Connell with an easy win in the Catcharisingstar Stakes.

Running Lass continued her dominance over the filly division of the Florida Stallion Stakes with a game head decision over longshot Prospect of Love in the $125,000 Susan's Girl Stakes. Her regular rider, Manoel Cruz, swept both divisions of the Stallion Stakes for the second time in three weeks.

But the undisputed No. 1 star this past weekend again went to In Summation, who toyed with his opposition before cruising home to another easy victory in the $125,000 . The win was the fifth in as many starts for In Summation, a 2-year-old son of Put It Back who figures to be odds-on to complete a sweep of the open division when he stretches out around two turns for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile In Reality Stakes on Oct. 15.

"I thought he ran pretty well again Saturday," said the always low-key Frank Gomez, In Summation's trainer. "He can't do any more than he has already done. Whether he will go a distance of ground is another question, although I think he proved he can rate, which is one thing in his favor. I guess we will find out in about five weeks."

In Summation did rate kindly for Cruz just off the pace of the speedy Saint Jules in the seven-furlong Affirmed, shook free in early stretch, and had little trouble holding off a mild bid from the inexperienced but promising runner-up, Blazing Rate. In Summation's final time of 1:24.87 over the wet track was more than a full second faster than it took Running Lass to cover the same distance in the Susan's Girl, and earned In Summation a 97 Beyer Speed Figure, the fourth time in five starts he has posted a figure of 90 or better.

Gomez, who has already swept the Stallion Stakes twice, with Smile and Naked Greed, said he probably won't give In Summation a two-turn prep prior to the In Reality.

"I think I can train him up to the race," said Gomez. "The In Reality will also be his sixth start so I would probably want to give him a little break after that."

Draw In Stakes comes up strong

Saturday's Draw In Stakes carries only a $40,000 purse and will share top billing on the card along with the $40,000 Ambehaving Stakes. But the 1 1/16-mile Draw In is shaping up to be the best filly and mare stakes of the meet and a perfect prep for the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap on Oct. 15.

The Draw In will bring together the top three members of the local handicap division - D'Wildcat Speed, Pampered Princess, and American Miss.

D'Wildcat Speed will get a five-pound break in weights from her two chief rivals under the allowance conditions of the Draw In despite the fact she won the Grade 2 Rampart Handicap on March 26.

American Miss has won her last three starts, including a 1 1/2-length upset of the 1-9 Pampered Princess when the pair last met in the Nancy's Glitter Handicap on July 16. Pampered Princess will, however, receive an eight-pound weight shift in Saturday's rematch.

Predawn Raid, one of the favorites for the Ambehaving, worked five furlongs in 1:03.80 just prior to dawn on Tuesday. Predawn Raid has won four of his last five starts but has not run since July 12.