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Hot Summer Sizzles in Victory Ride

2011 04 09: Hot Summer and Luis Saez win the Grade 3 at 1 mile at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trainer David Fawkes. Owner Harold L. Queen
Taking advantage of sizzling early fractions, Hot Summer went from last to first with a determined charge along the rail in the Grade 3, $100,000 Victory Ride presented by Jose Cuervo at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday afternoon.

Confidently ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, the 3-year-old Malibu Moon filly stayed well off fractions of 21.77 and 44.23 set by Maple Forest, then began moving steadily up on the turn as Roman Treasure began mounting her challenge. Angled to the rail, Hot Summer took aim at the front-runner, moving alongside at the sixteenth pole and then on to a half-length win, with Roman Treasure holding on for third.


Hot Summer’s winning time for the six furlongs was 1:10.18.


“I liked my filly,” said Velasquez, who was aboard her for the first time. “I told my agent she was a good fit in the race. She comes from behind and has a strong finish. I wanted to be on the inside or in the middle. I had a lot of horse.”


Most recently third in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan behind Grade 1 TVG Alabama winner Royal Delta and Grade 1 Mother Goose winner Buster’s Ready, Hot Summer lifted her record to 4-0-2 from seven starts and earned $60,000 for her owner, Harold L. Queen.


When [Tom] Durkin called her at the head of the lane, we felt good,” said winning trainer David Fawkes. “She ran awfully big today. It’s possible [we would train her up to the Breeders’ Cup.] I have to talk to the owners.”


Sent off at 7-1, Hot Summer returned $16.40 for a $2 win bet.


Completing the order of finish behind Maple Forest and Roman Treasure were A Z Warrior, Funny Sunny, Jealous Girl, Moon Buzz, Precious Soul and Oflee Wicked.

 

 

 

 

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Some research into Hot Summer's pedigree has yielded some fascinating patterns, including the presence of the "Rasmussen Factor": http://www.examiner.com/thoroughbred-pedigree-in-national/saratoga-pedigrees-hot-summer-wins-the-victory-ride

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