Saturday, September 10, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . September 10, 2005 . . . Hot Storm spent a few strides figuring out Polytrack in the Weekend Delight Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, but the three-year-old filly was well acquainted with the new all-weather surface by the time she crossed the wire with a 3 1/2-length win.
“As we’ve seen in the races today, the track has been playing pretty fair,” said winning jockey Jesus Castanon. “I let my filly break out of the gate by herself, and the first quarter-mile she was kind of switching leads back and forth, back and forth, trying to get used to this kind of track. But once she got going, I was just rolling along, and when I got to the quarter pole I still had plenty of horse. I asked her to go and she just took off. I knew the 12 [Flying Falcon] would show some speed and I wanted my filly to sit back a little and relax, because with this track, some horses can handle the track [on the lead] all the way and some cannot. But I knew I had a lot of horse and once she got to the three-eighths pole she had the hang of it.”
Trained by Dallas Stewart for Robert Adams, Hot Storm went after the lead early, racing head to head with Flying Falcon before taking the lead at the half-mile mark. At the top of the stretch, only 8 1/2 lengths separated first and last places in the nine-horse field, the sort of tightly run race the track has produced all week.
The six-furlong race for fillies and mares three years old and up was timed in 22.21, 46.04, and 58.57 before the finish in 1:11.54. Polytrack is always rated fast.
Fourth choice among the bettors, Hot Storm went off at 9-2 and paid $11.80, $5.20, and $4.00. She came into the Weekend Delight off a fourth-place finish in the Victory Ride Stakes at Saratoga last month and is graded stakes-placed in four attempts this year.
Dewey’s Trick was second, three lengths ahead of Born to Dance. The 9-5 favorite, Injustice, was fourth. Completing the order of finish were Fly Away Angel, Loramateal, Flying Falcon, She’s That Cat, and Revolutionary Act. Cobra Lady, Glitter Act, and Thisgirldontlaugh scratched.
Live racing returns Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Eastern. The track is open for simulcasting Monday.