LAZY LANE BREEDS SARATOGA GRADED STAKES WINNER FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

HOT SUMMER (NYRA Photo)

For the second straight year Joe Allbritton’s Lazy Lane Farm has produced a graded stakes winner at Saratoga – last year the Upperville nursery produced Position Limit who won the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes Gr.II and this year homebred Hot Summer captured the $102,000 Victory Ride Stakes Gr.III on Saturday’s Travers undercard.

Hot Summer, by Malibu Moon out of stakes placed Summer Delight by Quiet American,  passed six opponents in the final quarter-mile to gain the win.
The now multiple stakes winner completed six furlongs in 1:10.18 under Cornelio Velasquez for her second graded stakes win of the year and cemented her credentials as a contender for the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) in November at Churchill Downs. 

JOE ALLBRITTON
In her last start prior to Saturday, she was third in the Black-Eyed Susan Gr.II at Pimlico.

“It’s the first time I’ve been in the winner’s circle here. Every time I’ve won, I’d be home at Calder,” said winning trainer David Fawkes, who conditions Hot Summer for Harold Queen. “I wouldn’t mind seeing her go seven-eighths. She ran awfully big today. It’s possible (we would train her up to the Breeders’ Cup.) I have to talk to the owners.”

Owner Queen purchased Hot Summer at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $180,000.  She is half-sister to stakes placed Southwest ($220,646).  Hot Summer has a half-brother by Hard Spun selling as Hip# 2057 in this year’s Keeneland Sale as well.

The win pushed Hot Summer’s lifetime record to 7-4-0-2, $245,700. In her only start where she was off the board, she was fifth in the Davona Dale Gr.II at Gulfstream, but followed that up with a win in the Comely S. Gr.III at Aqueduct.