Hot City Girl back with N.Y.-breds in Broadway
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Hoping to get at least one more victory on her résumé before perhaps being retired, Hot City Girl drops back in with New Yorkbreds when she heads a field of eight entered Wednesday for Saturday’s $100,000 Broadway Stakes at Aqueduct.
At this time last year, Hot City Girl was competing against open company. Following a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 La Brea in December 2015, Hot City Girl ran in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel last February, finishing sixth of seven.
Since then, Hot City Girl has raced only four times, with her lone victory coming in the Union Avenue Stakes at Saratoga in August. Her third-place finish in the Interborough Stakes here Jan. 22 was an encouraging effort, according to trainer Linda Rice.
“It definitely was; much better than her race in Maryland,” said Rice, referring to a third-place finish in the Willa on the Move on Dec. 10.
Rice wouldn’t speculate on whether Hot City Girl, a Grade 3 winner, would be retired in time to be bred this year. Hot City Girl is owned by Sheila Rosenblum, whose Eclipse champion filly and mare sprinter of 2015 La Verdad just had her first foal earlier this week – a filly by Medaglia d’Oro.
“She’s got one broodmare,” Rice said. “Sheila does like to race.”
Rice has another sprinter in the Broadway, Flatterywillgetyou, who has the potential to take the mantle from Hot City Girl and be a factor in the statebred filly and mare sprint ranks. Flatterywillgetyou reeled off four consecutive wins from January through May before finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes in July. Following that race, she needed surgery to remove a knee chip.
Flatterywillgetyou, owned by Everything’s Cricket Racing, came off a five-month layoff to run second behind Court Dancer in an allowance prep for the Broadway on Dec. 18.
Hot City Girl, the 121-pound highweight, will break from post 6 and be ridden by Manny Franco. Flatterywillgetyou gets in at 115 and will be ridden by Cornelio Velasquez from post 4.
The others entered in the Broadway are Jet Majesty, Play Me a Memory, Roman Ceres, Court Dancer, Splendid Gold, and She’s All Ready.
Paulassilverlining back working
Paulassilverlining, an Eclipse Award finalist in the female sprint division, was back on the work tab Wednesday morning, but it remains to be seen when she will return to the races.
Paulassilverlining breezed a half-mile in 49.10 seconds over the Belmont Park training track Wednesday, just her third breeze since her victory in the Garland of Roses Stakes on Dec. 10 at Aqueduct. At one point, trainer Michelle Nevin was considering pointing Paulassilverlining to Saturday’s Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel, but opted to back off her instead.
“We wanted to back off and freshen her up,” said Nevin, who trains Paulassilverlining for owner Vincent Scuderi. “I just felt like we weren’t ready enough coming into this race. We’ll see how we go the next couple of weeks before we make any major decisions.”
One option for Paulassilverlining could be the $100,000 Correction at Aqueduct on March 18. Keeneland hosts the Grade 1 Madison on April 8.
In 2016, Paulassilverlining won five of nine starts and finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.
Caledonian set for Winkfield
King Kranz won the Lost in the Fog Stakes for trainer John Terranova in 2016, and Caledonian won the Lost in the Fog for him this year. King Kranz makes his next start in an allowance race Friday at Aqueduct. Caledonian is expected to make his next start in Monday’s $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes here.
Caledonian was entered in the Gander Stakes around two turns on Jan. 28, but he was scratched due to a hindend muscle pull. But Caledonian returned to the work tab Sunday, breezing a half-mile in 49.95 seconds, and galloped well Wednesday.
“He breezed with King Kranz; they both worked great,” Terranova said. “He’s come back good. Looking forward to Monday.”
Others pointing to the Winkfield include Even Thunder, Moves Like Ali, Sal the Turtle, She Loves Shoe, and possibly Bavaro.
◗ Heavenly Score, a maiden winner sprinting for Terranova on Jan. 15, will get the chance to stretch out around two turns in the $150,000 Busher Stakes on Feb. 25.
On Wednesday, Heavenly Score worked five furlongs in 1:02.34. She picked up some company in the move, as two horses trained by Tom Morley were breezing several yards in front. Heavenly Score tipped three wide in the stretch and passed those fillies with ease coming to the wire.
“She’s training really good,” Terranova said. “I don’t know what her best game is going to be ultimately. She’s just fast.”
Hot City Girl, trained by Linda Rice, scored her last victory in the Union Avenue Stakes last August at Saratoga.