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Stellar horses supplemented to rich derbies

Amanda Greer


Julianna Hawn Holt’s A Dash Of Sweet Heat, who was purchased for a record $1,000,000 at the Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale on November 1, has been supplemented to the Grade 1, $2,500,000 (est.) All American Derby; Grade 1, $1,000,000 (est.) Rainbow Derby and the Grade 1, $750,000 (est.) Ruidoso Derby this summer at Ruidoso Downs.

On February 1, five three-year-olds were supplemented to 440-yard All American Derby at a cost of $25,000 each. There were two $20,000 supplements to the 440-yard Rainbow Derby and four $15,000 supplements to the 400-yard Ruidoso Derby.

A Dash Of Sweet Heat is the second-highest quarter horse of racing age to sell at public auction. Champion Queen For Cash sold for $1,100,000 back in 1982.

A daughter of Mr Jess Perry and the second-to-last foal out of champion and broodmare of the year Corona Chick, A Dash Of Sweet Heat was bred by Holt and she sold her in the 2011 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale for $650,000. Corona Chick is a member of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame and is pensioned at Peter and Julianna Hawn Holt’s Cross Triangle Ranch.

A Dash Of Sweet Heat has made one start, a late-running fourth-place finish in her 2012 Ruidoso Futurity trial. She was moved up to third place through a disqualification.

Also supplemented to the All American Derby, which could have a record purse, are Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million winner Matabari, Kindergarten Futurity second-place finisher The Cartel Straw, Kindergarten third-place finisher Mr Ease Cartel and Kindergarten sixth-place finisher Super Long Straw.

Joining A Dash Of Sweet Heat as supplements to the Rainbow Derby is champion PJ Chick In Black. The 2012 champion two-year-old filly won her first five starts before finishing sixth as the 7-10 favorite in the All American Futurity. The Desirio filly defeated New Mexico-breds in the New Mexico Spring Futurity and then won the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity.

The Ruidoso Derby supplements, in addition to A Dash Of Sweet Heat, are recent three-and one-quarter-length maiden winner First Prize Moon and the lightly raced maidens Cartel Syndicate and Sportiness Cartel. Cartel Syndicate was second to First Prize Moon in that recent Sunland Park maiden race. Sportiness Cartel has not started since finishing second in her Ed Burke Million trial.

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