Rey Wan Racing’s Hello Prince, the runner-up in the Grade 3 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park March 10, worked a half-mile in :49.40 at Calder Casino & Race Course Sunday morning as he prepares for a start in the $75,000 In Summation Stakes, a six-furlong test for 3-year-olds to be run Saturday May 12.
“That’s the plan,” trainer Daniel Pita said when asked if the In Summation would mark the next appearance for his colt. “Today’s work was just what we wanted; a routine workout. He wasn’t pushed. We just wanted to keep him fresh and keep him ready.”
In his most recent start, the son of Halo’s Image finished fourth in the $75,000 Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs where he dueled on the lead through relatively fast fractions before weakening slightly to finish fourth, beaten two lengths.
“I don’t think he handled the surface at Tampa that day,” Pita said. “And he tends to get a little frisky when he’s away from his home base. But I think he still ran a good race.”
With his last two starts coming at seven furlongs, the In Summation will represent a shortening in distance for Hello Prince, something Pita views with little concern.
“I think he’s a pretty versatile horse so whether it’s six furlongs, seven furlongs, whatever, he’ll have no problem,” Pita said. “He possesses natural speed and he doesn’t need to be pushed, even at a shorter distance, so he can do whatever we ask him to do.”
The winner of last year’s $100,000 Birdonthewire Stakes, Hello Prince is a three-time winner in six career starts at Calder, with that trio of victories coming by a combined 13 ½ lengths.
“He works well over the track and he runs well over the track,” Pita said. “So we’re happy to be racing him back here. He knows his surroundings and is calm and relaxed here, so we expect him to run well Saturday.”
IN SUMMATION ALSO LIKELY TO ATTRACT FORT LOUDON
In addition to Hello Prince, Calder stakes coordinator Sean Perl has listed Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.’s Fort Loudon and World Thoroughbreds Racing, Inc.’s Tell All You Know listed as probable starters for the In Summation.
Trained by Stanley Gold, Fort Loudon swept the three-division Florida Stallion Stakes last year but is winless since his $300,000 In Reality Division victory, contesting four graded stakes since that triumph, including the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Grade 1 Florida Derby.
Tell All You Know, conditioned by Chad Stewart, posted consecutive wins at Tampa this past winter and was last seen finishing 11th in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby March 10.
Listed as possible for the In Summation are Angelofdistinction, Bellefire, Indirectly A.P., Jordan’s Image, Miami Cat, Straight Fax, and Supreme Light.
The co-feature on the May 12 program at Calder is the $75,000 French Village for 3-year-old fillies, a race Perl lists White Hall Lane Farm’s Citizen Advocate, Rosa Stephany Taveras’ Miss Quisqueya, Jacks or Better Farm, Inc’s Redbud Road, and Ron Hendrickson’s Who Is Camille as probable participants.
Awesome Belle, Carolyn M., Denaesalildreamer, Given Enchantment, and Sinister Tale are listed as possible for the French Village.
Entries for the In Summation, French Village, and the $55,000 Champali, at five furlongs on turf, will be taken Monday, May 7.