Saturday, December 3, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 3, 2005 . . . Hot Storm added the Holiday Inaugural Stakes to her win column Saturday, making her two for two in stakes races at Turfway Park. “She loves this track,” said Clay Brittle, assistant to winning trainer Dallas Stewart. “She loves training on it. Dallas stables a division here, and she came up [from Stewart’s stable at Churchill Downs] about a week ago to train.”
Hot Storm also won the Weekend Delight Stakes at Turfway in September and in both that race and the Holiday Inaugural left second place to Dewey’s Trick. Dewey’s Trick took an early lead all the way to the stretch in the Holiday Inaugural, but Hot Storm was waiting right behind her and moved by easily to win by 2 3/4 lengths.
Said winning jockey Jesus Castanon, “[Hot Storm] was pretty excited before the race. In the gate she was moving a little bit and she didn’t break as she usually does, but she put herself in the right spot. I didn’t have to do much. It was just a matter of time—just to take my time and then go for it.
“She is a very professional filly. I asked her to go at the stretch run, and then she put that filly [Dewey’s Delight] away about the sixteenth pole. And once she put her away, she was kind of wondering where the other filly went. When somebody goes with her head and head, that filly’s tough to get beat.”
Mocha Queen moved up through half to track the leaders and finished third, three lengths behind Dewey’s Delight. A four-year-old daughter of Cozzene, Mocha Queen now counts 23 turf starts and one Polytrack race in her 27-race career.
Hot Storm’s win improved her career record to 6-1-4 from 16 starts. Off as the 4-5 favorite, she finished the six-furlong Holiday Inaugural in 1:11.60 and paid $3.60, $2.40, and $2.40. Polytrack is always rated fast.
Completing the order of finish were Brett’s Favrette, Rich Find, Tank Grrrl, Tara’s Touch, Initforthekandy, and Darn That Girl. Brigette’s Dream, Candybedandy, Goldleafed Mirror, and Lady Dynasty scratched.
Racing continues at Turfway on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.