Secretly Hot Stands Out in Holiday 'Cap

Restricted Grade 2 winner Secretly Hot looks for another win in the Holiday Handicap.

Q-Racing Journal
December 28, 2012

Manuel Lorenana’s Governor’s Cup Futurity winner Secretly Hot chases another stakes win when she faces six juveniles racing 350 yards in the $20,000 Holiday Handicap at Los Alamitos on Sunday evening.

Secretly Hot (Walk Thru Fire-Secret Reflection by Raise A Secret) impressed last summer when she scored her third-straight win with a nose victory in the $380,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2). She raced the 350 yards in :17.527 to win as the 11-10 favorite.

That win in late July proved to be her most recent win. Since then her best effort from three starts was a third-place run in her Golden State Million trial. The Jesse Ray Godinez-trained filly comes off a very troubled trip in her Los Alamitos Million trial when she was steadied.

Kolleen Ledgerwood’s Buy Buy (Stel Corona-Aquisitive by Seaparatist) makes her first appearance since finishing third as the 11-10 favorite in the Autumn Handicap on October 12. The consistent filly from the Roberto Dominguez barn has three wins, including the California Breeders Freshman Stakes, from seven starts.

Bullet In The Gun (Stel Corona-Summertime Dash by Royal Quick Dash) is after his first stakes win after a pair of competitive second-place finishes in his only stakes appearances. The Paul Jones-trained gelding was beaten by a nose in the California Breeders Freshman Stakes (R) and comes off a second, beaten by a neck, in the Golden State Juvenile (R). He is owned by James Azevedo, the Boylas Family Trust and Jones.

Spackman Racing and Lin Melton’s Dynasty Red (FDD Dynasty-Red High Heels by Corona Cartel) was second in the Bitterroot Futurity (RG3) and third in the John Deere Les Bois Juvenile Challenge before moving to Los Alamitos. The Melton-trained gelding has a third in the $114,000 Wild West Futurity (R) from three starts at Los Alamitos.