RED HOT MESS POSTS WHITE CLAY CREEK UPSET
Lewis Matthews Jr.’s Red Hot Mess notched her first career stakes victory in $50,000 White Clay Creek Stakes at Delaware Park today.
With John Hiraldo astride, the 2-year-old daughter of Shackleford returned $26.00. With 19-1 Bazinga C in second, the $1 exacta returned a whopping $182.80.
- So proud of her: Can the Queen’s winding road to stakes winnerOn a Pimlico weekend celebrating high-end horses, Can the Queen, a modest Maryland-bred who almost didn’t get to the races, scored one for the home team.
The Kentucky-bred trained by Chelsey Moysey won by 1 3/4-lengths and covered the mile in 1:38.13 over a fast-main track. Bazinga C, with William Otero, cut early fractions of :25.06 for the quarter, :48.53 for the half and 1:11.92 for the three-quarters before finishing second. It was a half-length farther back to the 4-to-5 favorite in the field of eight, Joyrunner with Joseph Ramos, in third.
Joyrunner was vanned off, according to the Equibase chart.
“The plan was to let the speed go and sit right off of them,” said winning trainer Chelsey Moysey. “We have done a lot of work her in terms of getting her to rate and her pedigree screams two turns. She is a half to a pretty nice filly who set a track record (Bootsy’s Girl). We knew she could get the distance and it was just a matter of how the race played out. They went the first quarter a little slow and I was a little worried about that, but John (Hiraldo) did exactly what we planned and everything paid off. Between the two of us, we had done a lot of work on her and it is very gratifying to get this victory with her.”
Red Hot Mess raised her career record to two wins from as many starts with earnings of $52,800.