Sum of the Parts took the lead out of the gate and never looked back as he cruised to an easy victory in the $175,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland Oct. 5.
The victory earned the son of Speightstown an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita since it is part of the 'Win and You're In' series sponsored by the Breeders' Cup.
Sum of the Parts, ridden confidently by Julien Leparoux, cruised along comfortably on the front end throughout the race, setting fractions of 22.75 and 46.04 before crossing the finish line in 1:09.99 for the six furlongs.
Noble's Promise closed well to take second, with Laurie's Rocket taking third.
Sum of the Parts has now won five of 10 lifetime starts for trainer Tom Amoss and owners Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence.
Quotes courtesy of Keeneland:
Tom Amoss (winning trainer of Sum of the Parts)
“I was really pleased that we made the lead as easy as we did. Julien's a great rider here at Keeneland, handled the front end well with this horse. He knows this horse well. We got beat at Belmont with this horse about 3 ½ weeks ago (in the Groovy on September 13, in which he was second), but it probably was a blessing. It was his first start since June. I think it got him ready for this race.”
On the colt's next start, possibly the Breeders' Cup Xpressbet Sprint (G1) on
“That is the day of the Alabama-LSU football game, so we'll have to talk about it a little bit (with a laugh).”
Julien Leparoux (winning jockey)
“The plan was to break good and see what the other horses were doing on the inside of us. We wanted to be on the lead but not going crazy. I was glad to be on the lead and going easy. At the quarter pole, I had a lot of horse and he finished strong.”
On being back at Keeneland and winning another stakes
“It's always good to be here, and I'm happy to be here.”
Ken McPeek (trainer of second-place finisher Noble's Promise)
“That was terrific. This horse has been nothing but a great ride. He's obviously still very competitive at this level and he's never done anything but give it everything he's got. He's a lot of fun to be around. He's going to run again and we're considering the Breeders' Cup Sprint. I just talked to (co-owner) Richard (Rigney) and he's game.”
Rajiv Maragh (rider of third-place finisher Laurie's Rocket)
“The race went really good. My horse ran good.”
John Velazquez (rider of fourth-place finisher Aikenite)
“He hadn't run in a long time. They didn't go fast enough on the front end. I thought they would go a little faster and come back to me. But he did run very well. He feels the same. He was back in the game; he broke very sharp; he was in good position.”
Todd Pletcher (trainer of Aikenite)
“He ran very well. He broke alertly and was in good position early on, then fell back in the middle of the race. But he finished with interest. I thought it was a good effort for his first start in almost a year. He's a professional. He was ready.”
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