Winless in his last four starts while taking on the best of his generation, Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Fort Loudon, who swept the three-race Florida Stallion Stakes as a juvenile, returned to the Calder Casino & Race Course winner’s circle Saturday when coasting clear of a tiring Hello Prince to win the $75,000 In Summation Stakes by two lengths, covering the six-furlong distance in 1:10.51 over a fast track.
“It’s validation for both me and for the horse,” winning trainer Stanley Gold said. “To be able to show that something you could accomplish as a 2-year-old, you are still capable of getting done as a 3-year-old.”
Ridden from post one by Luis Jurado, Fort Loudon was content to settle mid-pack through the early stages of the In Summation as the speedy Hello Prince took the field through opening splits of :21.64 and :44.7.
As the field of 3-year-old sprinters moved through the turn, Fort Loudon began his methodical march to the front, passing horses with relative ease before wrestling the lead away from Hello Prince in mid-stretch and then pulling away from that rival while unchallenged late to prevail.
“I was a little concerned about the distance,” Jurado said after the race. “Coming back from those longer races at a mile-and-an-eighth or mile-and-a-sixteenth, it’s a different kind of race going short. But I knew I had the best horse in the race, and that is how he ran.”
Fort Loudon returned $2.80, $2.20, and $2.10 for the win, his first since taking the $300,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes in October 2011. Hello Prince paid $3.40 and $3.00 when second, 8 ½ lengths clear of third-place finisher Angelofdistinction, who returned $7.20.
Completing the order of finish for the In Summation was Straight Fax, Ari’s Pride, Tell All You Know, Indirectly A. P., Jordan’s Image, and Shock’emagain.
With his victory in the In Summation, Fort Loudon now boasts a career record of five wins from 12 starts, with a lifetime bankroll of $430,485. The colt was bred in Florida by his owner.