08/10/2005 11:00PM

In Summation top candidate to dominate Stallion series

Jim Lisa
Running Lass figures to be a slight favorite in Saturday's Desert Vixen.

MIAMI - The Florida Stallion Stakes, which has headlined the Calder stakes schedule for the last 24 years, kicks off Saturday with the $75,000 Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen divisions at six furlongs. The six-race Stallion series also includes the $125,000 Affirmed and Susan's Girl stakes and the $400,000 In Reality and My Dear Girl stakes. The In Reality and My Dear Girl highlight the track's showcase event, the Festival of the Sun, on Oct. 15.

This year's Stallion Stakes will have a big act to follow after Aclassysassylassy last year became only the second filly to sweep her division of the series. The horse with the best chance to sweep this season appears to be In Summation, an undefeated son of Put It Back who will be heavily favored to win the Dr. Fager.

captured his first two starts by a combined 15 1/2 lengths but was seriously tested in the Birdonthewire Stakes before scoring a 1 1/4-length decision July 10. In Summation has continued to train forwardly for veteran horseman Frank Gomez.

"He probably wasn't 100 percent fit for his last race, but I liked the way he dug in, and that race should do him good," said Gomez, who has already swept the Stallion Stakes twice, with Smile in 1984 and Naked Greed in 1991. "At this point it's too 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."

In Summation is owned by Waterford Farm, which has spurned several lucrative offers to purchase In Summation, who earned a 98 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory in the B L's Sweep Stakes on June 20, the fifth highest of any juvenile in the country this year.

Despite his imposing credentials, In Summation could prove vulnerable in the Dr. Fager, which drew a field of eight, including three other unbeaten horses.

was a four-length winner going a quarter-mile here in his only start May 1, and returns to Calder after being purchased privately and sent to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. Saint Jules has trained steadily at Saratoga and Aqueduct for the Dr. Fager, including a five-furlong work Aug. 3 in 1:00.41, matching the time of his older, graded-stakes-placed stablemate Slew Motion.

Both Hollywood Left and Club Fed also enter the Dr. Fager off easy debut wins. Club Fed rallied to beat a field of $40,000 claiming rivals July 11. Hollywood Left won his maiden July 10, drawing off to a four-length victory over recent maiden special winner World Battle.

has won 2 of 3 starts, sandwiching a fifth-place finish in the Birdonthewire between a pair of impressive victories, one by 7 1/2 lengths and the other by 4 1/2 lengths. Trainer Larry Pilotti is quick to dismiss the defeat.

"He proved he could rate in his first start, but wound up in a speed battle in the Birdinthewire, which cost him any chance," said Pilotti. "In Summation had a lot more trouble the last time when pressed for the lead, so we're going to take back off the pace on Saturday and hope somebody gives us a little help with the favorite up front."

In the Desert Vixen, Running Lass, a winner of the Georgia Juvenile Turf Stakes on July 23, will likely be a slight favorite over Five Star Susan, Send Me an Angel, and Siren Cove. Running Lass has captured 2 of 4 career starts and is the lone stakes winner in the field, but she has yet to win beyond five furlongs.

Five Star Susan defeated Running Lass when the pair launched their careers June 4, but she must bounce back from an eighth-place finish in the Cassidy Stakes on July 10.

Send Me an Angel was an impressive debut winner July 4 and is the only member of the Desert Vixen field with a win at six furlongs.