Stay Hot (Summer Front) Rebounds Off Breeders’ Cup Loss To Take Cecil B. DeMille

Stay Hot rebounded from a 10th-place effort in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf with a late-flying victory in the GIII Cecil B. DeMille S. at Del Mar Sunday. The bay ridgling taken in hand and angled over from his outside post to be three wide into the first turn and was near the back of the field through an opening quarter in :22.00. The field bunched up approaching the far turn as the half went up in :46.30 and Stay Hot was last on the bend before darting into contention and coming some eight wide into the stretch. He uncorked a powerful late kick to just get in front in the final strides.

“I thought he’d be a little more forwardly placed,” admitted winning trainer Peter Eurton. “As it turned out that nine hole was a little bit of a detriment, but it also helped him get outside, which is probably more comfortable.”

Of his charge’s wide rally into the stretch, Eurton said, “That was hard to take, but he seemed like he had something left and it was a fight to the wire. I’m exhausted.” 

Stay Hot opened his career with two six-furlong efforts over the main track at Del Mar, finishing third Aug. 5 and sixth Sept. 2. He moved to the lawn for a stylish maiden win over one mile at Santa Anita Oct. 7 and was thrown into the deep end when beaten 5 1/2 lengths a month ago on Breeders’ Cup weekend in Arcadia.

Pedigree Notes:

Stay Hot is the fifth graded winner for Airdrie stallion Summer Front (War Front). His half-sister Prerequisite (Upstart) won this year’s GII Wonder Again S. and was second in the GI Fasig-Tipton Belmont Oaks Invitational. Etsu has a yearling colt by Complexity who sold to Greg Foley for $95,000 at this year’s Fasig-Tipton October sale. The mare produced a colt by Upstart this year and was not bred back. The winner’s third dam, Fly North, produced champion Farda Amiga (Broad Brush).


Sunday, Del Mar
CECIL B. DEMILLE S.-GIII, $102,000, Del Mar, 12-3, 2yo, 1mT, 1:35.89, fm.
1–STAY HOT, 120, r, 2, by Summer Front
       1st Dam: Etsu, by Smart Strike
       2nd Dam: Forever Beautiful, by Giant’s Causeway
       3rd Dam: Fly North, by Pleasant Colony
Ylg ’22 FTKJUL). O-Burns Racing LLC, Exline-Border Racing LLC,
SAF Racing, The Estate of Brereton C. Jones and William Dan
Hudock; B-Brereton C. Jones (KY); T-Peter Eurton; J-Antonio
Fresu. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 5-2-0-1, $116,940. *1/2 to
Prerequisite (Upstart), GSW & GISP, $271,000. Werk Nick
Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*
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2–Rothschild, 120, c, 2, Uncle Mo–Still There, by Union Rags.
KEESEP). O-SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables
LLC, Dianne Bashor, Robert E. Masterson, Waves Edge Capital
LLC, Catherine Donovan and Tom Ryan; B-PTK, LLC (KY); T-Tim
Yakteen. $20,000.
3–Miracle Mark, 120, c, 2, Constitution–Melody’s Spirit, by Scat
Bones Racing Stable, LLC and Slam Dunk Racing; B-Nick Cosato
(KY); T-Philip D’Amato. $12,000.
Margins: NK, HD, 1HF. Odds: 2.30, 23.30, 6.40.
Also Ran: Lord Bullingdon, Charge for Gold, Deadpan, Always On Cay, Invincible, Just a Guess.
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