HOT N' DUSTY EMERGES WITH NOSE VICTORY IN FOUR-HORSE PHOTO

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2009) – Hot n’ Dusty, a daughter of Unusual Heat, stormed home on the extreme outside to nip another Unusual Heat offspring, My Maloof Rocker, in a dramatic four-horse photo finish Thursday that decided the outcome of Santa Anita’s $53,200 allowance feature for California-bred or sired fillies and mares at one mile on turf.

The second choice at 3-1 in a field of eight, My Maloof Rocker, ridden by Joel Rosario, appeared to have made the winning last run before jockey Alex Solis and Hot n’ Dusty emerged from last at the head of the stretch to gain a desperate nose decision.

It was only a head back to third-place finisher, Paloma’s Flight with Rafael Bejarano aboard, who nudged North Rodeo by a nose for the show after the latter had set all the pace under Tyler Baze.

The winning time was 1:37.63.

Bred by Madeline Auerbach who partners with Little Red Feather Racing in the ownership, Hot n’ Dusty was overlooked in the wagering despite a strong second in her prior start for trainer Barry Abrams.

While gaining her second win in nine starts, the 4-year-old bay filly paid $27, $9.60 and $5.60. My Maloof Rocker, the beaten favorite in her two previous starts, paid $3.80 and $3. The show price on Paloma’s Flight, who added blinkers for the first time, was $3.80.

The victory was worth $31,200, which elevated Hot n’ Dusty’s career earnings to $76,960.

Santa Anita continues its popular “Free Fridays” promotion with Friday’s eight-race card beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is free as well as box seats on a first-come, first-served basis. Hot dogs, beer, sodas, coffee and popcorn are offered for $1.

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