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Rereadthefootnotes Scores in Hollie Hughes

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Rereadthefootnotes scored his first stakes win Monday afternoon, defeating five other New York-bred sprinters to capture the 32nd running of the $65,000 Hollie Hughes at Aqueduct Racetrack.

 

The 4-year-old gelded son of Read the Footnotes broke sharply and led the field through an easy quarter mile in 23.32.  Opening up more than a length on the field through a half in 46.48, he cruised home to hit the wire 3½ lengths in front. 

 

His final time for the six furlongs over a fast track was 1:09.93.

 

“I was quite surprised when we made the lead that easily,” said trainer Mike Hushion.  “The final time was pretty good, considering how easily he went the first quarter. But he’s been on his “A” game.”

 

“He’s really like a quarter horse out of the gate,” added winning jockey Ramon Dominguez.  “A lot of times horses who are that quick out of the gate are also a little hard to rate and that’s not the case with him at all.  We were fortunate to get away with a pretty comfortable, even slow, first quarter, but I was very pleased with the way he picked it up from the three-eighths pole home.’

 

It was the second straight win for Rereadthefootnotes, who improved his record to 5-1-2 from nine starts and boosted his earnings to $186,470. 

 

“He’s such a pro,” Hushion said.  “He always tries, and if he does lose, you usually know why. He’s improved with age; he’s really grown up. It’s nice to get all these West Point people excited, to see them with enthusiasm about a pro like him. It’s nice for me, too.”

 

Hushion now boasts five Hollie Hughes victories, having won the race first in 1998 with Thepromonroe, and in three consecutive years with Papua (2003-05).

 

Sent off as the second choice in the field of six, Rereadthefootnotes returned $4.80 to his backers in the Presidents’ Day crowd at Aqueduct.

 

Smokin Hero, who stalked the winner throughout, held for second, and favored Mor Chances was third.  See More Spirit, Mr. Windjammer and Citifest completed the order of finish. 

 

Hushion said the Hollie Hughes had been a target for Rereadthefootnotes and that he had not yet picked out a spot for the gelding's next start.  

 

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