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Sum of the Parts repeats in Phoenix

Sum of the Parts stayed perfect at Keeneland and in the Phoenix on opening day of the Fall meet (Coady Photography)

A perfect two-for-two record over the track and a wire-to-wire win in the same race a year ago failed to convince many in the opening day throng at Keeneland that Sum of the Parts merited much respect in Friday's Grade 3, $200,000 Phoenix.

Sent off at a surprising 12-1, the four-year-old Speightstown colt out broke 11 rivals from post 10 in the six-furlong Polytrack test, and proved uncatchable under Leandro Goncalves.

Setting splits of :22 2/5 and :45 2/5, Sum of the Parts held a steady lead through the stretch and crossed the wire 1 1/4 lengths ahead of 10-1 chance Laugh Track, with the pace-pressing Go Blue Or Go Home a head behind in third.

The Tom Amoss-trained Sum of the Parts, who became the first horse since 1963 to win undivided runnings of the Phoenix in back-to-back years, paid $27.20 after completing the race in 1:09 2/5.

The history of the Phoenix, the oldest stakes run in North America, can be traced to 1831. Restricted to three-year-olds in the nineteenth century, the Phoenix has been won in back-to-back years by Mount Marcy (1950-51), Sea O Erin (1955-56), and Editorialist (1962-63) since the race was open to older horses. Honey Jay (1972-73) and Zuppardo's Prince (1980-81) also won in consecutive years, but in each case won at least one divided renewal.

Finishing fourth, a half-length behind Go Blue Or Go Home, was 2-1 favorite Gentlemen's Bet. Completing the order of finish were Occasional View, Marchman, Laurie's Rocket, Reload, Hoofit, Winning Cause, Ghost Is Clear, and Jasizzle. Global Power, Hogy, and the also-eligible Console were scratched.

Owned by Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence, Sum of the Parts also scored stakes wins in the Red Legend at Charles Town and the Tom Ridge at Presque Isle Downs, both in 2012. He's now earned $716,543 from a line of 15-6-2-0, and will likely be pointed for the November 2 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, a race he finished fourth in last year.

"I have to talk to the owners about that, but if it's my vote and my vote alone, it's on to California," Amoss said.

"I made a grave error with him last spring: I brought him back too quick and tried to do too much with him before I ran him, and it cost me," said Amoss, referring to the colt's three early-season losses. "That's how training goes. When you make those kinds of mistakes, you're going to have to sit and wait, which is what we did and he came back really good this spring. I told the group I was with, 'This the most athletic horse I've trained. He's the quickest horse I've ever trained out of the gate.' He really showed that today. All the credit goes to the horse."

Bred in Kentucky by Farfellow Farms, Sum of the Parts brought $75,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling before selling for $150,000 as a Barretts March two-year-old in training. He is out of the Grade 2-winning Slew's Royalty mare Enjoy the Moment, who closed out her career with a third-place run in the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap in 2000. He is the first stakes winner from the mare, who is a full sister to stakes victress Miss Inn Zone, herself the dam of Grade 3-placed stakes hero Zoning In.

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