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Cool Blue Red Hot is Confident Again

Cool Blue Red Hot will be making his stakes debut in the Grade 2, $150,000 Dwyer for 3-year-olds on July 2, and trainer Angel Penna, Jr., is hopeful the Harlan's Holiday colt will fulfill the promise he showed heading into his sophomore campaign.

After finishing second by a nose in his debut at Belmont Park last October, Cool Blue Red Hot closed out 2010 with a 3 ½-length victory going 1 mile, 70 yards at Calder Race Course. In his next start, Cool Blue Red Hot was second to Soldat in a 1 1/8-mile allowance at Gulfstream Park on January 21, followed by a fifth-place finish to Arch Traveler in an identical spot on February 26.

"We had been thinking about the Kentucky Derby, but after those two races it was obvious that wasn't going to happen," said Penna. "He came out of the race against Soldat very unsettled. I said to his owner [Jim Bakke], with the Derby, you have to qualify, and it's push-push-push and most times you don't make it. Everyone wants to win the Derby, but there are other races. Jim said, 'No problem' and we gave him some time to mature."

The late-running colt returned to the races on April 30, rallying from last and hitting his best stride in the final 100 yards to finish third, beaten a half-length in a seven-furlong optional claimer, and then charging from last again to win a 1 1/16-mile allowance on May 19.

"During the time off he got some confidence back," said Penna. "He wasn't ready for that type of company yet. But, colts are resilient, and here he is. Besides, it doesn't cost anything to dream."



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