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Be Bullish Storms Home in Hollie Hughes

Be Bullish, claimed for $75,000 on January 28, returned quick dividends as he turned in a stretch-running victory against New York-bred sprinters in the $65,000 Hollie Hughes on Presidents Day at Aqueduct Racetrack.

 

Making his first start for trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr., Be Bullish was unhurried in fourth as former stablemate Smokin Hero cleared on the lead through an opening quarter of 22.95. Jockey Junior Alvarado put Be Bullish to a drive at the top of the stretch, and the gray split horses and kicked away from the pacesetter to prevail by 1 ¾ lengths.

 

“It was exactly how Rick told me to ride this horse,” said Alvarado. “I was saving ground all the way. He told me to wait and find the nicest spot. And that was exactly what I did. When I asked him, he responded right away and just took off. When I asked him, he was real strong.”

 

Dutrow was inspired to claim Be Bullish and point him to the Hollie Hughes after watching the 6-year-old gelding train according to his assistant Juan Rodriguez.

 

“[Rick] told me, ‘I have a big race in mind for this guy,’ after we claimed him,” said Rodriguez.

 

Be Bullish, owned by Sullivan Lane Stable and Rick Dutrow, returned $6.20 for a $2 win wager as the 2-1 second choice, improved his record to 8-14-8 from 46 starts, and was clocked in 1:11.62 for six furlongs. Bred by Carol and Herbert Schwartz, Be Bullish has earned $495,753 to date, including the $39,000 winner’s share of today’s purse.

 

The Hollie Hughes was the fourth stakes win for Be Bullish, whose last black-type victory had come in the Leon Reed Memorial Handicap at Finger Lakes in August when trained by Chris Englehart. Following that triumph, the son of Pure Prize finished second in both the Easy N’ Dirty and Hudson stakes at Belmont Park, fifth in the Mountaineer Mile Handicap at Mountaineer Racetrack, and was runner-up in a $60,000 claiming race at Aqueduct on January 13 prior to being claimed by Dutrow when second in an optional claimer at the Big A.

 

Smokin Hero, trained by Englehart, finished 4 ½ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Heavenly Blaze, who edged Driven by Solar by a nose. Rereadthefootnotes, the 8-5 favorite who was making his first start since winning the 2010 Hollie Hughes, was last.

 


 

 

 

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