02/21/2011 4:58PM

Be Bullish wins Hollie Hughes for Dutrow

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Be Bullish wins the Hollie Hughes Stakes at Aqueduct by 1 3/4 lengths.

In nearly one-third of his lifetime starts, Be Bullish had been second to one. In Monday's $65,000 Hollie Hughes Stakes at Aqueduct, he was second to none.

Splitting horses deftly in upper stretch under Junior Alvarado, Be Bullish outsprinted the pace-setting Smokin Hero to win the Hollie Hughes by 1 3/4 lengths. Smokin Hero, second in last year's Hollie Hughes, finished second by 4 1/2 lengths over longshot Heavenly Blaze. Driven by Solar finished fourth, followed by Rereadthefootnotes, in his first start since winning last year's Hollie Hughes, finishing last as the 8-5 favorite.

The win was the eighth in 46 career starts for Be Bullish, a 6-year-old gelded son of Pure Prize who has also finished second in 14 races. It was Be Bullish's fourth career stakes victory from 21 tries. He has now won stakes in four consecutive years beginning with the Appealing Guy over Aqueduct's inner track in 2008.

Be Bullish was making his first start since being claimed for $75,000 by trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. on behalf of Sullivan Lane Stable and Dutrow himself last month. The winning purse brought the connections back $39,000 of their investment. Dutrow and Sullivan Stable won this race in 2009 with Mor Chances, a race in which Be Bullish finished third.

"As soon as we claimed this horse he was happy to get this horse," said assistant trainer Juan Rodriguez, referring to Dutrow. "He felt like maybe he could win a race like this."

Be Bullish had a lot of success racing on the pace and he figured to have to use his speed from the rail on Monday.

But after breaking alertly, Alvarado was able to take Be Bullish off the pace while Smokin Hero set a quick pace of 22.95 seconds and 46.64 while being chased by Rereadthefootnotes.

Be Bullish and Driven by Solar were basically together down the backside before Driven by Solar made an early move to join the leaders at the quarter pole. Be Bullish wasn't that far behind turning for home, rallied inside of Be Bullish and Rereadthefootnotes at the three-sixteenths pole before collaring Smokin Hero inside the eighth pole.
Be Bullish covered the six furlongs in 1:11.62 over a fast inner track and returned $6.20 as the second choice.

"I worked the horse and he didn't show me too much speed in the morning," Alvarado said. "Ricky told me break, there's a couple of horse that are going to have speed, let them go, try to save ground all the way and then when we turn for home try to find a spot and that's what I did."

Channing Hill, rider of Rereadthefootnotes, said he liked his position turning for home, but said in the stretch his horse simply came off the bit and tired.