Hot City Girl back with N.Y.-breds in Broad­way

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By David Gren­ing

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.”

BAR­BARA D. LIV­INGSTON

Hot City Girl, trained by Linda Rice, scored her last vic­tory in the Union Av­enue Stakes last Au­gust at Saratoga.

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