Ticker
  • Lexie Lou returns to her winning ways in today's Grade 2 Nassau Stakes.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Enola Gray takes the Melair gate to wire.Posted 1 day ago
  • Surgical Strike charges on the outside to win the Arlington Classic (G3).Posted 1 day ago
  • Diva Express and I'm a Looker make a dead heat run in the Winning Colors (G3).Posted 1 day ago
  • Flipcup game in Arlington Matron (G3) victory.Posted 1 day ago
  • In his first start since the Remsen, Gift Box rolls over a strong allowance field at Belmont.Posted 3 days ago
  • Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 6 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 6 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 8 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 8 days ago

Avila has Great Hot ready for Santa Maria

Save for a troubled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint last Nov. 4, Great Hot has never failed to earn a check in nine U.S. starts.

 

The Brazilian-bred filly by 2002 Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Orientate hopes to enhance that mark in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

 

“It looks like two or three horses in there have speed,” trainer A.C. Avila said, “but my filly is versatile. If there’s no speed, she can go; if there’s speed, she can sit. I think she’s going to be in the second or third flight.

 

“There was a bit of water underneath the surface in her last two races, the La Brea and the La Canada. Hopefully, for Monday, the track will be well dried out. She has four straight bullet works, but that’s not uncommon for her. She always works well.”

 

Chantal Sutherland, who has ridden Great Hot in her last eight starts, winning the Grade II Raven Run on Keeneland’s Polytrack last Oct. 22, is back aboard for the Santa Maria.

 

“She gets along with the filly well,” Avila said.

 

The field for the Santa Maria, the eighth of 10 races: Spirit Seeker, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Ellafitz, Martin Garcia, 8-5; Miss Mittagong, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Love Theway Youare, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1; Kayce Ace, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Great Hot, Chantal Sutherland, 3-1; and Vision in Gold, Joel Rosario, 5-2.

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories