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Up Front Hotsey, Buck I St Pat take Armbro Flight elims

June 21, 2008
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Up Front Hotsey survived a recall at the start and a troubled second try behind the gate to extend her win streak to three tonight as she captured her $50,000 elimination for next Saturday’s Armbro Flight Stakes for trotting fillies and mares, joining easy elim winner Buck I St Pat.
 
In the second elim won by Up Front Hotsey, prohibitive favorite Falls For You, driven by Jack Moiseyev, and Tilly Bomb, with Jody Jamieson in the sulky, were ruled to have interfered as the mares lined up behind the gate, prompting the starter to declare a recall. A few minutes later, the field assembled once more, but several were clearly unsettled by the incident, with Tilly Bomb, Exotic Destination, and Lavec Dream going offstride at or shortly after the start.
 
That left plenty of room for trainer/driver Mike Vanderkemp to send Up Front Hotsey smartly to the front, where she set fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:26.4 through three-quarters of a mile. A challenge from Falls For You imploded when the Trond Smedshammer pupil broke stride, and Up Front Hotsey was able to hold off a late-charging Susies Magic, to cross the wire in 1:55.1, 2 3/4 lengths ahead of longshot Norway No Way and Susies Magic.
 
“She got a little hot because of the recall, but so did some of the other mares the second time-- that’s racing,” said Vanderkemp. “She was good training down and qualified very good, but sickness and tying up really hurt her there for six weeks.
 
“She’s really on the top of her game now. We always thought she could be this type of mare, and now she’s really showing it. She’ll probably train every day a little bit leading up to next week’s race; she’s a bad tie-up horse.”
 
Up Front Hotsey is a 5-year-old daughter of SJs Caviar owned by Ed Mullinax and Frank J Dettore. She most recently captured the $80,000 Classic Oaks at Mohawk on May 31. The win tonight entitles her connections to select her post position for the $354,000 final on June 28.

In the other Armbro Flight elimination, it was favorite Buck I St. Pat and Tim Tetrick who played a waiting game while the lead changed hands several times, then charged to the front in the stretch and trotted home a length to the good over Wildfire Julie (Jack Moiseyev), in 1:53.2. Flash Lightning and Yannick Gingras stepped up for third.

Buck I St. Pat is a 5-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse, who improved her career bankroll to over $900,000 with this win for Howard A Taylor and Edwin J Gold, both of Pennsylvania. She was eighth in the Armbro Flight final in 2007 after triumphing in the Classic Oaks at Mohawk.

“She\'s a year older and she\'s got more mature this year, and she doesn\'t mind sitting on the outside,\" said driver Tim Tetrick. \"As long as they\'re not going wicked fractions, she\'ll sit out there and give you a good closing kick on the end of it. She\'s pretty versatile now. She\'s awesome; she does everything right. She loves to win and does everything right and likes to put her head out in front.
 
Godiva Hall, who just a week earlier set a world record at Tioga Downs, failed to qualify, finishing sixth.  (Mohawk) 

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