Cauley, Hartlage Enjoying First Trip to Saratoga with On Fire Baby
Multiple stakes winner On Fire Baby has provider her connections with many wonderful moments and several new experiences throughout her racing career.
As a 2-year-old, On Fire Baby won both the Grade 2 Golden Rod and G2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs. At three, the daughter of Smoke Glacken captured the G3 Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn. Earlier this year, On Fire Baby provider owner Anita Cauley and trainer Gary Hartlage with the first Grade 1 of their careers when she powered to a front-running victory in the G1 Apple Blossom Handicap.
This Sunday, On Fire Baby will attempt another ‘first' for her connections – winning a Grade 1 race at historic Saratoga. the filly will face champion Royal Delta, along with multiple graded stakes winner Authenticity in the G1 Personal Ensign Handicap.
Cauley has had horses with Hartlage for over 25 years, and the trip to Saratoga is a first for both. As Jennie Rees writes in the Louisville Courier-Journal, On Fire Baby has been the ‘horse of a lifetime', and none of this would've been possible had Cauley been successful in selling her mare Ornate at the Keeneland November sale a decade ago.
The mare, a daughter of Gilded Time, brought a final bid of $95,000 in the sales ring; her reserve had been set at $100,000. Ornate came back to the farm with Cauley. On Fire Baby is the mare's fifth foal.
As Cauley told Rees, “I was $5,000 from not being where I am now.”
Read more in the Louisville Courier-Journal