VA-BREDS FINISH 1-2 IN COMELY STAKES AT AQUEDUCT

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Hot Summer and Her Smile combined for a Virginia-bred exacta when they finished first and second in the $150,000 Gr.III Comely Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday.  The winner was bred by Lazy Lane Farm, Inc. and the runner-up is a homebred of Bill Backer’s.

Hot Summer (by Malibu Moon, out of Summer Delight by Quiet American), under a patient and rail-skimming ride from Luis Saez,  took over in upper stretch and bounded home for her first black-type win.
Owned by Harold Queen and trained by David Fawkes, Hot Summer was making her first start since finishing fifth to Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) favorite R Heat Lightning in the Feb. 26 Davona Dale Stakes(gr. II) at Gulfstream Park in her season debut. She won for the third time in five lifetime starts and now has career earnings of $158,200.
Joe Allbritton’s Lazy Land sold Hot Summer for $180,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling Sale..
Backer’s Her Smile (by Include, out of Hepbum by Capote) was forced four wide when she went to make her move from mid-pack and closed strongly to score the place.
Never far from the finish, Her Smile has finished in the top four in each of her seven starts posting three wins, two seconds, one third and one fourth.  In the four races she hasn’t won she has been beaten only a total of nine lengths.
After breaking her maiden at Laurel, Her Smile has won an allowance race and an overnight stakes prior to running fourth in the Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay and finishing third in the $75,000 Suncoast Stakes.  She now has earnings of $126,360.
The Virginia-bred exacta (1-3) returned $48.40.