Saturday, January 14, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 14, 2006 . . . Hot Storm wore down a determined rival in late stretch to take the $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, collecting her third Turfway stakes trophy and her fourth win in a row. The filly is now a perfect three-for-three over Turfway’s Polytrack surface for owner Robert Adams, trainer Dallas Stewart, and jockey Jesus Castanon.
“She likes it here. She likes it here a lot. She’s been training real relaxed—almost too relaxed,” said Stewart’s assistant, Clay Brittle, noting the quick fractions and Hot Storm’s 1 1/4-length winning margin.
The pressure came from Very Vegas, who set splits of :22.55 and :46.51 and worked hard to hold the lead before settling for second. Castanon rode Very Vegas in her last race and knew to keep an eye on her.
“I knew [Very Vegas] would be tough in this race,” said Castanon. “I saw her on the lead at the quarter pole I knew she was going to be tough. I asked my filly to run a little bit to put a little pressure on her. She made me go down the lane harder, but I knew at the sixteenth pole my filly was much the best. [Very Vegas] was the only one I thought would hang on up there, and she did. But my filly, whenever she sees somebody next to her, she’s game. She goes up there and beats her.”
Castanon positioned Hot Storm in third early and then moved her out three wide at the turn to get ready to run down Very Vegas. Ella Belle used a steady closing style to finish third, six lengths behind Very Vegas.
Completing the order of finish were Dewey’s Trick, Glitterbdancing, Really Royal, I Said No, So Welcome, Wise Affair, and Spring Rush. Shiny Dancer and True Kiss scratched.
Hot Storm’s winning time for the six-furlong Wishing Well was 1:11.78. After her earlier wins in the Weekend Delight and the Holiday Inaugural, she was the overwhelming favorite at 4-5 and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10.
Live racing continues Sunday with first post at 1:10 p.m.