THE USUAL Q. T. (Unusual Heat) continued his hot streak in Sunday's $300,000 Hollywood Derby (G1), surging to the lead in the stretch and drawing off to
record his fifth straight victory. The Jim Cassidy trainee, who had just held
off Battle of Hastings (GB) (Royal Applause [GB]) by a head in the Oak Tree
Derby (G2) last time out, extended his margin to an emphatic 1 1/2 lengths over
that same rival on Sunday. With Victor Espinoza aboard, The Usual Q. T. rattled
off 1 1/4 miles on the firm turf in 1:59 3/5 and paid $11.40, $5 and $4 as the
co-second choice at 9-2.