He's Comin in Hot and Cosmic Evolution Sizzle at Churchill

June 29, 2015 02:32pm
He's Comin In Hot Bashford Manor 615 X 400
Photo: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography

There was a heatwave in Louisville on Saturday and I’m not talking about the weather, as He's Comin in Hot won the Bashford Manor in impressive front running fashion. 

The Bashford Manor Stakes (G-3) burned with young talent. He’s Comin in Hot, led five other colts to the post as the favorite. The  only gelding in the field, He’s Comin in Hot lunged for the lead out of the gate with Sapphire Storm and Show Bound on his heels.  Roman’s Chance, Shoot Craps, and Patrick Rocks were bunched up behind them. Dothatdance broke slowly, spotting the field several lengths.   


He’s Comin in Hot drilled his first quarter in :22.12 under a snug hold by jockey Jamie Theriot. Three lengths back, Sapphire Storm and Snowbound dueled in their own little match race while Shoot Craps and Romans Chance raced as a team another three lengths back. Patrick Rocks started gearing up for his run while Dothatdance was still out of it.


Around the far turn and after a sharp half in :46.21, He’s Comin in Hot was briefly challenged on the outside by Show Bound but the leader turned on the afterburners and opened up three lengths after sizzling five furlongs in :58.18.  Down the lane, there was no question that He’s Comin in Hot would live up to his name as he jetted away to score by 3 ¾ lengths over a gallant Show Bound, getting six furlongs in 1:10.90. Jamie Theriot noted, “He broke sharp and you know Robby (Albarado on Sapphire Storm) was there and then all of a sudden he disappeared. He was just in a high cruising speed. Down the backside he had his ears pricked. It was easy and I said, ‘It’s over with.’ "


Patrick Rocks finished another 3 ¾ lengths back in third while Dothat Dance put in a good run to finish fourth. Justanothermorgan was scratched.


HE'S COMIN IN HOT (Early Flyer - Shocktime, by Langfuhr) was bred by Valor Farm, and is owned by Douglas Scharbauer. The bay gelding earned his first graded stakes win and improved his overall record to 4-2-1-1 with earnings of $96,510. Trainer Bret Calhoun thought the gelding, “ broke very sharp just like he did last time. He got his feet out under him very well in the first few jumps and was able to clear and not take early pressure. That was my main concern with the one-hole. But I thought he was the kind of horse that could overcome it but you’ve got to have gate speed. He got a comfortable lead."


As the favorite, He’s Comin in Hot paid $3.60/$2.40/$2.20. Snowbound, returned $3.20/$3.20, and Patrick Rocks returned $4.40 for the show. The $2 exacta paid $11.40, the $2 trifecta returned $48.20 and the $1 superfecta shelled out $165.40.


When will we see He’s Comin in Hot again? Bret Calhoun remarked, “We’ll take a look at the Sanford next or race at Prairie Meadows on the 18th of July.”


Cosmic Evolution Sweeps to Debutante Victory

Cosmic Evolution added her name to the long list of winners of the Debutante Stakes.  For over 200 years, aristocratic juvenile fillies have won the Churchill Downs Debutante Stakes. The roll call of winners in the six furlong event include Alcibiades, Bewitch, Furl Sail, Hollywood Wildcat, Silverbulletday, Chilukki, and Cashiers Dream.


Cosmic Evolution rated comfortably in fourth place early on.  Jockey Calvin Borel kept the leggy Chestnut filly on the outside away from trouble. Langstars Charmer led the field by a length through a first quarter of :22.21, but was backing up by the half mile pole. Tia Chuy inherited the lead briefly to log a :46.46 half, with Adhara stuck on her inside.  That one had to check when Langstars Charmer started to fade. Meanwhile, Cosmic Evolution was hitting her best stride on the outside. Traveling three wide, she swept by the fading Tia Chuy, getting five furlongs in :58.93.  The hard luck Adhara, tried to mount a challenge. But had to settle for second place as  Cosmic Evolution galloped under the wire in front by 1 ½ lengths. Adhara finished a clear second, 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Areolite, who had a poor start and made up ground in the stretch. Tia Chuy held on for fourth place.


Borel had total confidence in his filly.  “She was trying to drift a little bit with me today. Maybe she was a little bit anxious because, boy, she wanted to run early and I didn’t want her in front today. She relaxed under me and where I wanted her. When I asked her she went on like a good horse. That’s the way you do it.” In his naturally exuberant style, Calvin added, “I’m gonna take a little break over the summer to rest up, vacation and heal but I’ll be there (for Cosmic Evolution), don’t you worry about that!”


COSMIC EVOLUTION (Proud Citizen – Laheen, by Ghostzapper) was bred by Gabriel Duignan, William Duignan & Tranquility Investments Limited and was a 2014 $20,000 Keeneland September Sales Yearling. She’s owned by Stephen L. Fidel.  The well-conformed filly has a 2-1-1 ($69,560) race record. 


Cosmic Evolution rewarded backers with $12.60/$4.20/$2.80.  Adhara paid $2.80/$2.20 to place and her stablemate Areolite paid $2.20 to show.  The $2 exacta was $35.60, the $2.00 trifecta paid $60.00 and the $1.00 superfecta paid $346.20.

Cosmic Evolution has the pedigree and conformation to love running two turns. Perhaps the Debutante is a sign for bigger and better down the road.


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