03/27/2011 7:07PM

Santa Anita: Great Hot blazes


Great Hot made a memorable first start in the United States in Sunday's seventh race, storming from off the pace to win an optional claimer over six furlongs by 2 3-4 lengths.

A Brazilian-bred, Great Hot, trained by A.C. Avila, made her debut in Brazil last October, winning a maiden race over about 6 1-2 furlongs by 3 1-2 lengths. Sunday, she was timed in a quick 1:08.55.

A February foal, meaning she was bred in Brazil on the Northern hemisphere breeding timetable, Great Hot joined Avila's stable in December, and had a series of notable workouts before Sunday's race, including six furlongs in 1:10.60 from the gate on March 10. Great Hot, by Orientate out of the Seeking the Gold mare That's Hot, is likely to stretch out to two turns for her next start, Avila said. He thinks the filly has the versatility to run on turf or dirt.

Great Hot paid $9 and was the fourth consecutive non-winning favorite in Sunday's lucrative pick six, which began with a carryover of $101,743. Bettors added $691,113 on Sunday.

The first three winners of the pick six were Burj Dubai ($8), Church Camp ($14.60), and The Whammer ($9).