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Barn Notes: Saturday, September 15, 2018
ARLINGTON GRADED STAKES WINNERS CLASH IN PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS MASTERS
Two Arlington International Racecourse graded stakes winners will be taking their show on the road Monday evening when they contest the Grade II $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters, a 6½-furlong event for fillies and mares over the all-weather surface at the Erie, Pennsylvania track.
Hotshot Anna, winner of the Grade III $100,000 Chicago Handicap on June 23, already has a stakes victory over the Presque Isle Downs synthetic surface when taking the Satin and Lace Stakes on August 20 last time out. Owned and trained by Hugh Robertson, the 4-year-old daughter of Trappe Shot will eye her fourth consecutive victory following wins in the Chicago Handicap and Satin and Lace Stakes as well as an allowance optional claiming victory over the main track at Canterbury Park on May 19.
She has proven to have developed an affinity for synthetic surfaces with a record of two wins in three starts over said going. In the Chicago Handicap she set a new course record for seven furlongs when winning in a time of 1:20.93.
“She’s trained well in between,” Robertson said. “She seemed like she loved the track [at Presque Isle] too. She’s got to pack 125 (pounds) this time. That might not help her but there’s a bunch of horses in there that will carry the same weight. Most of these jocks can’t do any less than 18 or 20 anyway so the lightweights will probably be packing their weight.
Jockey Antonio Gallardo guided Hotshot Anna to victory in the Satin and Lace Stakes and will return to the saddle for Monday’s outing, where she is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the field of twelve.
Princess La Quinta won the Grade III $100,000 Arlington Matron on May 19 but was defeated by Hotshot Anna in the Chicago Handicap for her next start. The 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road will look to make amends when she races in the Masters.
Owned by trainer James Gulick in partnership with Al Moorhouse, Princess La Quinta switched to the turf in her most recent effort in the Grade III Modesty Handicap, where she finished a well-beaten sixth behind Daddys Lil Darling.
“It’s the most logical spot,” Gulick said. “We certainly didn’t scare anyone away so we’re going to go over there and give it our best. She’ll run well. Our greatest concern is the distance; if it were a little further we’d be going in with greater confidence.
Princess La Quinta gave Gulick his first graded stakes victory as a trainer when taking the Arlington Matron.
“It still feels great,” Gulick said of the win. “It’s been a good summer because of Princess, that’s for sure. We’re excited about her chances.”
Princess La Quinta will be going for her fifth victory over a synthetic surface and has a record of four wins in six starts when competing on the all-weather.
Jockey Carlos Marquez, Jr. will retain the mount for the Presque Isle Downs Masters as the duo break from gate ten at 15-1 odds.
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