Owner-trainer Hugh Robertson's Hotshot Anna scored her fourth consecutive victory on Monday night, taking the Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters under Antonio Gallardo while just missing the track record for 6 1/2 furlongs by five hundredths of a second.
The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Trappe Shot out of Avalos, by Holy Bull, covered the distance on a fast Tapeta surface in 1:14.73, winning by 4 1/4 lengths and paid $6.80 for the win. Longshots Let It Ride Mom and Crazy Sweet finished second and third, respectively, in the field of 11 fillies and mares, three and up. Ami's Mesa, the 8-5 favorite, finished eighth.
Hotshot Anna carried co-highweight of 125 pounds, conceding as much as 11 pounds to her rivals.
Gallardo put Hotshot Anna in perfect striking position on the inside just behind front-running Code Warrior through opening fractions of :22.30 and :44.73. The winner was moving well at the top of the stretch but was briefly pinned on the rail by Lady Alexandra and jockey Jose Ortiz. Gallardo spotlight a seam at the three-sixteenths pole and Hotshot Anna responded with a burst of speed to take command and draw away. Her six-furlong time en route to the victory was a sizzling 1:08.57.
The victory was the seventh in 18 lifetime starts for Hotshot Anna, who was bred in Kentucky by Paul Tackett. Her only previous graded stakes victory came in the G3 Chicago Handicap on another synthetic surface, Polytrack, where she set a track record of 1:20.93 for seven furlongs.
CORRECTION: The original version of this article misidentified Hugh Robertson. He is the owner and trainer of Hotshot Anna.
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