Sum for All kicked off the Sunday, May 7 program at Shenandoah Downs in Virginia with a win in the $6,500 conditioned trot. The Indiana sired veteran scored the hard fought win in 1:58.3.
Sum for All began his journey from post five with Eric Davis in the bike. He left with some speed and secured the two hole behind early leader Kylah and Archie Buford. The first quarter was clicked in :27.4 and the top two drew away from the field by more than seven lengths at the half in :57.2. At that point, it appeared to be a two horse race heading into the second half.
Down the backstretch the rest of the field began to close the gap and as they approached, Sum For All moved to the outside to challenge Kylah. Just past the three-quarters in 1:28.0, Sum For All took the lead and was in command at the top of the stretch. Two horses were in striking distance of Sum For All with Sombre and John Wagner closing in gamely on the outside. Manwilling opted to stay inside for Todd Warren. In the final strides Sum For All was able to hold off Sombre for the win by a head. Manwilling finished a length back in third.
Sum for All was a bit of a surprise, paying $20.00 for the win. The nine-year-old son of Swan for All is owned and trained by Kerry Welty. Devon Beachey bred the gelding.
Sum for All began his career on the Iowa Fair Circuit under the direction of Brandon Jenson. He won his first pari-mutuel race at Running Aces as a three-year-old and eventually landed in the acquisition of the Welty family, racing from Rosecroft Raceway to Pocono Downs and points in between. Overall, he has 19 wins in 172 starts with earnings of more than $128,000. His career best time of 1:56.2 was taken as a five-year-old at Rosecroft Raceway. He is now two for nine in 2023.