Saturday, August 22, 2009
Early Saturday morning at Del Mar, I watched trainer Barry Abrams schooling one of his nice fillies, Hot n' Dusty, in the paddock. A 4-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat owned by M. Auerbach LLC and Little Red Feather Racing, Hot n' Dusty runs in the $100,000 Solana Beach Handicap on Sunday at a mile on the turf.
Hot n' Dusty has 2 wins, 5 seconds, 2 thirds and a fourth-place finish in her last 10 starts. She won her last race, a $100,000 optional claimer, at a mile on the turf. Not only is she a very consistent runner, she is also one of the sweetest fillies I have met. She seemed to genuinely enjoy all of the attention -- quietly striking poses for the camera -- and even allowed me to pet her. It's also very easy to see that she loves Abrams -- and vice versa!