BENSALEM, PA., AUG. 30 -- Preakness winner Summer Squall rested this summer and is rated by his handlers as "very sharp now" for Monday's $300,000 Pennsylvania Derby.
Summer Squall, the pre-race favorite in the field of 12 3-year-olds, can add to his $1.3 million earnings with his ninth victory.
"I'm looking for a win," said Cot Campbell, who manages the bay colt for a 28-person partnership. "He'll be ready to go a mile and an eighth first time out."
Others in the race include Chas' Whim, Dr. Bobby A., Mr. Nasty, Senator To Be, Sports View, Tees Prospect and Zalipour.
Kentucky-bred Summer Squall was shipped here from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Monday and has been tuning up for the Pennsylvania Derby on Labor Day since then.
"The horse has had the summer off but he's very sharp now," Campbell said. "He has grown some and gained weight. We couldn't be more pleased with the colt. He has trained beautifully at Saratoga."
Trainer Neil Howard also said the horse is ready after overcoming a hairline fracture to his cannon bone, which he suffered last year.
This year, after winning the Jim Beam and Blue Grass stakes, he finished second to Unbridled in the Kentucky Derby, running what Howard called "a good race. . . . After the Derby he trained like he was on a mission."