YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Hot Seat sizzles on debut
There may have been few tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region that offered a live card on Tuesday afternoon, but the highlight of the day occurred at Parx courtesy of a debut winner who might have garnered the headlines on virtually any day during the week.
In Tuesday’s third race at Parx, Hot Seat simply trounced a field of maiden special weight rivals to win by nearly 14 lengths at first asking while covering the six furlongs in 1:09.95. A Maryland-bred sophomore son of Unbridled’s Song trained by Jason Servis for owners Gary & Mary West, Hot Seat gained command soon after the break and romped home as tons the best in his career debut as the 2-1 second choice. He is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Grecian Wings and is a half-brother to graded stake winner Hard Enough. He was bred by Larry Johnson and was purchased by the Wests for $260,000 at the Keeneland September sale.
Hot Seat had prepped for his career debut with three sharp workouts at Monmouth Park, including a “bullet” drill of 48.80 for a half-mile in his latest work on August 30. He had also turned in good workouts on Aug. 3 and July 23 at the New Jersey oval. His victory on Tuesday might have been the most impressive tally for a debut runner at Parx since Favorite Tale scored at first asking on January 4, 2014 by blitzing the six panels over a lightning-fast strip in 1:07.66. Favorite Tale has won eight of 19 starts and banked just over $900,000, sporting a Grade II win and a pair of third-place efforts in Grade I events, including the Breeders Cup Sprint.
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BY THE NUMBERS: HANDLE
- Parx Racing: $1,373,362
- Tracks in action: Delaware Park, Charles Town.
- Wednesday afternoon’s feature at Delaware Park is a two-turn allowance for fillies and mares at a distance of one mile and 70 yards. Sea View Millie (9-5), trained by Larry Jones, has won once and finished second twice in three sprints over the Delaware Park strip to begin her career, but she will get a serious test from Tizsomethingroyal (5-2), a Linda Rice trainee who was able to shed her bridesmaid status in her most recent outing at Delaware Park when she notched her diploma in her sixth career try on August 1. She had finished second four times in her first five outings to begin her career.
- At Charles Town, in race six, a compact field of six state-bred fillies and mares will clash in a two-turn allowance affair in which at least one-half the group will vie for favoritism and a spot in the winner’s circle. Romantic Cork (5-2), a homebred daughter of Denis of Cork owned, bred and trained by John A. Casey of Down Town Allen fame, has won her last two starts over the strip and sports a solid 3-2-2 slate and $70,000 bankroll from 15 career tries. New London (3-1) was unraced last year, but the Jeff Runco trainee and Coleswood Farm homebred (Jeff & Susan Runco) has won three of five starts this year and earned just shy of $50,000. Dandy Candy (7-2) has yet to win in six outings this year, but she has been second three times and third twice for trainer Raimondo Schiano-diCola. She has lost seven straight since graduating here against maiden special weight foes last October 22.