Thursday, January 12, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 12, 2006 . . . Hot Storm will try for her third consecutive Turfway Park stakes trophy and her fourth win in a row when she faces 11 rivals in the Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway on Saturday. With trophies from the Weekend Delight and the Holiday Inaugural already on her mantel and an allowance win at Churchill, Hot Storm likely will be the favorite in the $50,000 Wishing Well.
The six-furlong Wishing Well has drawn some speed, and Hot Storm’s stalking style should serve her well. She has been training enthusiastically over Turfway’s Polytrack surface since trainer Dallas Stewart brought her here from Churchill Downs in late November. Jesus Castanon, leading rider in the just-completed Holiday Meet, returns to Turfway for the mount.
If events come in threes, Dewey’s Trick could be right behind Hot Storm. Trained by John Good, Dewey’s Trick finished second behind Hot Storm in the Weekend Delight and the Holiday Inaugural. She fared less well in the same allowance race at Churchill, finishing seventh. Her penchant for early speed could find her battling for the lead, once again opening the door for a more patient rival. Dean Butler, who had the mount for the Holiday Inaugural, rides again Saturday.
Ella Belle likes the lead but she has a passion for Polytrack. She broke her maiden in her eighth of nine starts—her first on Polytrack—and followed with a second win, a Turfway allowance. She led all the way in both efforts, each a half-furlong shorter than the Wishing Well. In the last five weeks she has posted two bullet works over Polytrack, one the best of 45 and the other the best of 26. Trainer Bill “Buff” Bradley has four wins from six starters this meet, and regular rider Willie Martinez again will ride.
Also lining up for the Wishing Well are True Kiss (jockey Dean Sarvis); Very Vegas (Bill Troilo) and Spring Rush (Rodney Prescott), who finished one-two in the same allowance prep for this race; Shiny Dancer (Francisco Vidal); Really Royal (Jason Lumpkins); So Welcome (Juan Molina Jr.); I Said No (Perry Ouzts); Glitterbdancing (Eddie Martin Jr.); and Wise Affair (Julien Leparoux).
First post Saturday is 1:10 p.m. Admission to Turfway Park and parking is free.